Criminal Defense Law in Palos Heights


Frank Castiglione

Frank Castiglione is a recently retired judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County. He last served as a judge in the Law Division at the Daley Center where he presided over complex commercial cases, as well as serious personal injury and medical malpractice litigation.

He previously served on the bench in the Fifth Municipal District in Bridgeview, where he likewise presided over significant personal injury cases and was the supervising judge of the Civil Division.
Before serving in the Fifth District, he presided in the Sixth Municipal District in Markham, conducting felony trials and later, presiding over personal injury cases and commercial litigation.
Frank Castiglione has traveled full circle. After graduating from IIT Chicago–Kent College of Law in 1979, he served as a criminal prosecutor in the Cook County State’s Attorney Office, prosecuting criminal cases at the trial level and before the Illinois Appellate Court. In 1985, he entered the private practice of law concentrating in civil litigation with a focus on plaintiffs’ personal injury actions. Ten years later, he ascended to the bench, and over the next 17 years, distinguished himself as a highly respected trial judge.


Dave Fewkes has been a trial lawyer for over 30 years. His extensive litigation experience includes plaintiff’s personal injury work and criminal defense. He served as a prosecutor for twelve years and has lectured widely on various law-related topics, including lecturing at The John Marshall Law School, while serving as a mock trial judge. He also has lectured at the Cook County Sheriff's Police Academy, several suburban police departments and Moraine Valley Community College. Dave is considered a leading authority in the area of administrative law, including driver's license reinstatement proceedings before the Illinois Secretary of State. He also has successfully represented clients in substantial personal injury cases,

obtaining significant monetary recoveries.

Dave has established deep roots in the community. He was elected to a four-year term as an Alderman for the City of Palos Heights, and was the Chairman of the City’s Finance Committee and Public Safety Committee. He also currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the University of Illinois Chapter of the Sigma Chi Fraternity. Dave is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association, Southwest Bar Association and the Chicago Bar Association.

David Sterba began his legal career as an Assistant Cook County State's Attorney. As a prosecutor he tried hundreds of criminal cases. In 1990, he entered private practice where he concentrated in criminal defense and personal injury litigation.

In 1996, he was elected circuit judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County. He was assigned to the Fifth Municipal District, located in Bridgeview. For over 10 years he served in the felony trial division where he presided over hundreds of serious felony bench and jury trials, including capital murder jury trials. In 2008, he was appointed Presiding Judge of the Fifth Municipal District, where he supervised 24 judges and oversaw the court operations for 35 municipalities. In 2011, the Illinois Supreme Court appointed him a Justice of the Illinois Appellate Court, First District.

From 2009 to present he has been an adjunct Professor of Law at The John Marshall Law School. In 2012, the South Suburban Bar Association and the Southwest Bar Association joined together and presented him with their “Jurist of the Year” award. He is a member of the Illinois Judges’ Association, Illinois State Bar Association, Southwest Bar Association and the Chicago Bar Association. 

David Sterba

Matt Walsh has been litigating significant cases in both State and Federal courts for over 45 years. Matt began his legal career as a prosecutor in the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office where he rose through the ranks to ultimately become chief of the felony trial division. In 1972 he founded our law firm with offices in Chicago and Palos Heights. Parade Magazine, distributed by the Chicago Tribune, named Matt one of the top 10 criminal defense attorneys in Cook County. He has served as legal adviser to the Cook County Sheriff and as a member of the Illinois State Appellate Defender Commission.

Matt has taught courses in criminal law and lectured on the criminal justice system at the Chicago Police Academy, Cook County Police Sheriff’s Academy, and at various suburban police departments and civic groups. He served as the president of the Moraine Valley Community College Foundation Board for 20 years and is now president emeritus. He is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association, Chicago Bar Association, Southwest Bar Association, and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

Dave Fewkes

Matt Walsh