McCollum Hodgkinson, PC - Experienced Lake County Illinois Defense Attorneys

McCollum Hodgkinson, PC - Experienced Lake County Illinois Defense Attorneys





  • Chief Deputy State's Attorney for Lake County, Illinois, in charge of all Criminal Prosecutions and Prosecutors
  • President, Lake County Bar Association (2013-2014)
  • Chief of the Felony Review Division for the Lake County State's Attorney's Office supervising all Grand Jury Proceedings
  • Chief of the Misdemeanor and Traffic Divisions for the Lake County State's Attorney's Office Handling Driving Under the Influence (DUI) and Reckless Homicide Charges
  • Chief of the Juvenile Trial Division for the Lake County State's Attorney's Office (Juvenile Delinquency, Abuse and Neglect Cases)
  • Chairman, Lake County Bar Association's Criminal Trials and Appeals Committee
  • Former Founding Member of the Lake County Domestic Violence Council with Extensive Experience Prosecuting and Defending Domestic Battery cases and Litigating Domestic Violence Orders of Protection
  • Extensive Trial Experience Including Multiple Trials of First Degree Murder Death Penalty Cases, Large Scale White Collar Crimes, Sexual Assault and Child Pornography, Felony and Misdemeanor DUI, Domestic Battery, Juvenile Court Cases, Drug Charges, Reckless Homicide, Felony and Misdemeanor Cases
  • Extensive Experience in Juvenile Court Proceedings including Petition for Adjudication of Wardship, Juvenile Delinquency Petitions, Juvenile Neglect and Abuse Petitions; Many Appeals of DCFS Indicated Finding of Abuse or Neglect
  • Extensive DUI and Reckless Homicide Trial Experience
  • Extensive Experience with DCFS Appeals of Indicated Findings of Neglect or Abuse
  • Former Member of the 19th Judicial Circuit Capital Litigation Trial Bar Screening Committee (Appointed by the Illinois Supreme Court)
  • Former Member of the Illinois Supreme Court's Local Ordinance Rules Committee (Appointed by the Illinois Supreme Court)
  • Lake County Executive Justice Council


  • Member of the Lake County Bar Foundation's Board of Directors
  • Member of Lake County Sexual Assault Coordinating Council
  • Member, Lake County Bar Association Judicial Selection and Retention Committee
  • Member of the Illinois State Bar Association
  • Member of the Jefferson Inns of Court
  • Top 100 Lawyers - 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 -- National Trial Lawyers

  • Lake County Assistant State's Attorney handling Felony, Misdemeanor, DUI and traffic matters with extensive jury trial experience 
  • Assistant State's Attorney assigned to Misdemeanor prosecutions with jury trials of various types of Misdemeanor cases
  • Assistant State's Attorney in the Domestic Violence Court handling jury trials of Domestic Battery charges, Order of Protection cases and other Domestic Violence matters
  • Assistant State's Attorney in the Juvenile Trial Division handling Petitions for Adjudication of Delinquency and Juvenile Abuse and Neglect cases
  • Specially assigned Felony Trial Prosecutor with extensive jury trial experience in all Felony Courtrooms 
  • Trained various Assistant State's Attorney's concerning misdemeanor and DUI prosecutions
  • Speaker, Lake County Bar Association Criminal Law Committee Seminar (Milwaukee, Wisconsin)
  • Co-Chairman of the Lake County Bar Association's Criminal Law Committee
  • Member, Lake County Bar Association Board of Directors
  • Member, Illinois State Bar Association
  • Member, Jefferson Inn of Court, an American Inns of Court
  • Member, DuPage County Bar Association
  • Chair of Committee developing LCBA youthful offenders educational program


Welcome to McCollum Hodgkinson, PC, a criminal defense law firm located in Waukegan, Illinois. We hope that this website will provide you with the information you need to choose a lawyer who will offer you the best chance of success in your case.  We invite you to compare the credentials and experience listed here with that of other attorneys in making your decision.

There are two experienced attorneys in our law office, being Steve McCollum and Dan Hodgkinson.  Both are former prosecutors with the Lake County State's Attorney's office. Both attorneys work together to defend persons charged with felony, misdemeanor, DUI (Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol or Drugs), juvenile delinquency, Order of Protection and Domestic Battery cases, traffic and DCFS cases.

Steve McCollum is a lawyer with over 35 years experience defending and prosecuting criminal cases in Waukegan, Illinois. Steve has extensive experience, having been both a supervising prosecutor in the Lake County State's Attorney's Office and a defense attorney.  Steve was the principal defense attorney in the law firm of Staben, Kopsick & McCollum and now with McCollum Hodgkinson, PC in Waukegan, Illinois, the county seat of Lake County, Illinois.

Daniel Hodgkinson also was an Assistant State's Attorney in the Lake County State's Attorney's office.  While at that office Dan tried 18 jury trials in a span of less than four years along with many bench trials and motion hearings.  His experience includes jury trials of DUI cases, Domestic Battery cases, Juvenile Delinquency hearings and trials, and many felony jury trials. Having been a Lake County prosecutor, Dan knows the Lake County court system and understands what it takes to attack the State's case and win motion hearings or trials.  He also has the personal relationships that can assist you in negotiating the best possible outcome for your case.  His experience in the Lake County Domestic Violence courtroom can be an important part of your winning a case when you are charged with Domestic Battery or where someone is seeking a Domestic Violence Order of Protection against you.  Dan will be happy to speak with you about your case without any initial fee.  

If you need an attorney to defend against a Criminal Felony or Misdemeanor, Juvenile Delinquency or Neglect, Driving Under the Influence (DUI), or Traffic charge, it can be difficult to choose between the many attorneys that claim to have the competence and expertise necessary to successfully defend the case. It is vital that you look at the background and experience of any lawyer you are considering hiring. There is no worse feeling than the realization in the middle of your case that your lawyer didn't have the experience necessary to competently defend you. 

The primary focus of our office is on the criminal defense of Felony, Misdemeanor, Juvenile, Driving Under the Influence (DUI), and related matters such as Domestic Violence Orders of Protection.  Steve McCollum worked for 16 years as a prosecutor of Felony, Misdemeanor, DUI, and Juvenile cases, including 12 years as a supervisor in the Lake County State's Attorney's Office handling serious felony murder and sexual assault cases. Since leaving the Lake County State's Attorney's office he has 20 years of experience as a criminal defense lawyer defending all types of criminal Felony, Misdemeanor, Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol (DUI), and Juvenile cases in Lake County, McHenry and Cook counties in Illinois. 

As the Chief Deputy State's Attorney for the Lake County State's Attorney's Office in Waukegan, Illinois, Steve McCollum supervised all criminal prosecutors and prosecutions in Lake County.  He also personally litigated many of the most serious First Degree Murder, high profile White Collar Crime (Theft, Embezzlement, and Financial Fraud), Reckless Homicide, and Criminal Sexual Assault cases. He tried many jury trials, including many First Degree Murder (including seven Death Penalty cases), Aggravated Criminal Sexual Assault, Reckless Homicide, Drug Delivery and Possession, and complicated White Collar Financial Crime (Theft) trials.

Other positions held by Steve McCollum in the Lake County State's Attorney's Office included being the Chief of the Felony Review Division handling the Lake County Grand Jury proceedings, Chief of the Misdemeanor and Traffic Division where he personally tried many serious DUI and Reckless Homicide cases, and Chief of the Juvenile Trial Division where he handled and tried juvenile sexual assault, battery, burglary and other delinquency cases.

As a defense attorney Steve has successfully defended people charged with First Degree Murder, Aggravated Criminal Sexual Assault and Abuse, Reckless Homicide, Child Pornography, Aggravated Criminal Sexual Assault, large-scale white collar financial crimes (embezzlement and other financial fraud charges), drug charges (controlled substance charges involving large-scale methamphetamine, cocaine, and marijuana trafficing charges), DUI and Aggravated DUI, Battery, Aggravated Battery and Domestic Battery, Violation of Order of Protection, Burglary and many other types of cases.

Steve is currently an Board Member of the Lake County Bar Foundation and was previously the President of the Lake County Bar Association.  He has been active in the LCBA for many years on the Board of Directors and as the Chairperson of the Criminal Trials and Appeals Committee, and was previously elected to be a Vice President and then President by the lawyer-members of the Bar Association.   

As a Member of the Illinois State Bar Association Steve was appointed by the Illinois Supreme Court for three terms as one of only four lawyers representing Lake and McHenry counties on the Death Penalty Qualification Screening Committee.  This committee reviewed the qualifications of attorneys who wished to be certified to represent people who were facing the death penalty and determined which attorneys met those qualifications in Lake and McHenry counties.  Steve was the only defense attorney in private practice chosen by the Illinois Supreme Court to be on this committee from Lake and McHenry Counties. 

Steve was a founding member of the Lake County Domestic Violence Council, which set up procedures for the police, prosecutors and the courts for domestic violence and battery cases. As Chief Deputy State's Attorney he was a member of the Lake County Major Crimes Task Force, which investigated multi-jurisdictional homicide and other major crimes throughout Lake County. He has been a speaker at several seminars concerning Criminal Law, Juvenile Law, Domestic Violence Orders of Protection, and Criminal Issues for Family Court Lawyers for the Lake County Bar Association. He was appointed by the Illinois Supreme Court to a committee to determine new Supreme Court Rules for the State of Illinois concerning local ordinance violations. 

What is most important to you is that this experience translates into results. Steve has repeatedly convinced Judges to suppress evidence resulting in his client's criminal charges being dismissed. His past experience working with prosecutors and police has enabled him to convince prosecutors to dismiss many cases against his clients. His experience in using and cross-examining expert and other professional witnesses, such as police officers, doctors, psychiatrists, and forensic evidence experts of all kinds has resulted in repeated findings of "not guilty" in trials in the Lake County court system. Even in cases where there has been substantial evidence against his clients, Steve has been able to get charges reduced so that the result was a disposition of the case that didn't affect his clients' lives on a long-term basis.

All clients of McCollum Hodgkinson, PC are treated in a courteous, professional manner.  We truly care about what happens to our clients and do our best to vigorously defend them and solve their problems. To do that, Steve McCollum, Dan Hodgkinson and our staff use a combination of experience, training, and compassion. We handle cases in an organized, systematic manner while continuing to care about all of our clients, whether you are charged with a relatively minor traffic charge or a major felony.  

In addition to criminal and juvenile matters, McCollum Hodgkinson, PC also handles many Appeals of Indicated findings against the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS).  In conjunction with other well-known attorneys our office will assist you concerning civil litigation, personal injury, divorce, and other legal matters.  

If you have any type of legal matter, please call for an appointment. There is no charge for the initial consultation. If we are unable to handle your case, we will try to refer you to an attorney who has the experience and expertise necessary for your needs.

McCollum Hodgkinson, P.C.

415 Washington Street, Suite 103, 

Waukegan, Illinois 60085-5564

Telephone: 847-662-2474

Fax: 847-360-9100



Steve McCollum and Dan Hodgkinson are well respected Lake County, Illinois criminal defense and juvenile defense lawyers, with extensive, practical experience as prosecutors and defense attorneys representing both adult and juvenile clients concerning cases throughout Northeastern Illinois, including the cities of Antioch, Barrington, Buffalo Grove, Deerfield, Fox Lake, Grayslake, Gurnee, Highwood, Highland Park, Lake Villa, Lake Bluff, Lake Forest, Lake Zurich, Libertyville, Lincolnshire, Lindenhurst, Long Grove, Mundelein, Round Lake Area, Spring Grove, Vernon Hills, Wauconda, Waukegan, Zion, and all other areas of Lake County, Illinois. Our experience and types of cases handled includes: Murder, Robbery, Aggravated Battery, Domestic Battery, Juvenile court cases, Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol (DUI), Theft, Criminal Trespass, Burglary, Speeding and other traffic charges, DCFS Appeals, Criminal Sexual Assault, Predatory Sexual Assault, Child Pornography, Solicitation of a Minor, and all other areas of felony and misdemeanor criminal defense, drinking and driving, and Juvenile Law. 



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