Mr. Sowa was a Special Agent in the Illinois Bureau of Investigation, the State Police agency for investigating narcotics and organized crime, and later became an Assistant State's Attorney in DuPage County. Prominently active in the Kane County Bar, he is a member of its Criminal Law Committee and Courthouse Design Committee, and a lecturer on ethics and criminal law for the Kane County Bar Association Criminal Law Committee Seminars. Mr. Sowa is the past Chairman of the Criminal Law Committee.
Mr. Sowa manages our office in Geneva, handling cases in Kane, DeKalb, Kendall and outlying counties.
Mr. Sowa has extensive experience in the defense of felonies and misdemeanors, including murder, armed robbery, aggravated criminal sexual assault, controlled substances, DUI, and other offenses. He was chosen by the United Auto Workers Union to represent its members at the Montgomery, Illinois, facility and has won acquittals on many prominent cases. Mr. Sowa also has utilized medical experts, jury consultants, and eye-witness identification professionals in the defense of criminal cases. Mr. Sowa has also been admitted to the Capital Litigation Bar as Lead Counsel, the certification required to defend death penalty cases in Illinois.
Areas of Practice:
U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit, 1983
Northern Illinois University College of Law, J.D., 1983
Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois, M.S., 1974
Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois, B.S., 1971
Professional Associations and Memberships:
DuPage County Bar Association, Member
Kane County Bar Association, Member
Illinois State Bar Association, Member
Past Employment Positions:
DuPage County State's Attorney's Office, 1983 - 1985
Illinois Bureau of Investigation, State Police, Special Agent, 1971 - 1983