Paul Whitcombe is one of the most experienced trial attorneys in the region. As an aggressive and innovative former Lee County prosecutor, and 15 years as a successful private attorney, Paul can provide you with professional legal representation that few area attorneys can match.
- Primary Focus: criminal defense (misdemeanors to felonies), family law (divorce, custody, child support, adoption, visitation, mediation), DUI/traffic cases and civil litigation.
Has handled hundreds of civil, family and criminal cases from misdemeanors to murder.
Nearly 100 jury trials since 1996.
Approved family law mediator in the 14th and 15th Judicial Circuits.
- Administrative law judge.
Handles cases in Lee, Ogle and Whiteside Counties of northern Illinois.
Education & Career Milestones
Graduated summa cum laude, Northern Illinois University College of Law, 1992.
Served as a federal law clerk to United States District Court Judge Paul Plunkett in Chicago.
Joined the prestigious national law firm of Jenner & Block, working in family law, complex commercial litigation, and criminal defense.
Elected Lee County State's Attorney (2004 – 2008)
Appointed as Lee County Public Defender
Private Practice (1996 – 2004; 2008 to present)
- Recently won $5.6 million in Whiteside County
Paul Whitcombe practices law in the Northern Illinois region, handling cases from Lee, Ogle and Whiteside Counties. He graduated summa cum laude from Northern Illinois University College of Law in 1992, and joined the federal government after graduation as a law clerk to United States District Court Judge Paul E. Plunkett in Chicago, Illinois. In Judge Plunkett's service, Mr. Whitcombe was involved in complex civil and criminal litigation in the federal court system. After completing his term with Judge Plunkett, Mr. Whitcombe joined the prestigious national law firm of Jenner & Block, where he worked in family law, complex commercial litigation, and criminal defense. Mr. Whitcombe moved to Lee County in 1996, and has served as both Lee County State's Attorney and Lee County Public Defender, as well as having a diverse private practice.
Mr. Whitcombe has handled hundreds of civil, family and criminal cases, and tried nearly 70 jury trials since 1996. He is also an approved family law mediator in the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Judicial Circuits. He focuses his practice on family law, DUI/traffic, and criminal defense, and is currently handling cases in Lee, Ogle and Whiteside Counties.
Clients who hire Mr. Whitcombe as their attorney put his unique set of experience and ability in their corner. Mr. Whitcombe has extensive experience handling, divorce, custody, visitation and child support litigation, as well as adoption, paternity and all other areas of family law. With experience with the federal government as well as the prestigious national law firm Jenner & Block, Mr. Whitcombe's abilities have been honed in ways few other area attorneys can claim.
Mr. Whitcombe is also one of the most experienced criminal defense attorneys in the region. With years of service as both an aggressive and innovative prosecutor and a successful defense attorney, Mr. Whitcombe brings a unique skill set to his client's needs, with insight into the criminal justice system few other attorneys can match. With experience handling and trying cases of every type — from murder to every type of misdemeanor — Mr. Whitcombe is well-equipped to address any client's criminal defense needs.