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Terry A. Ekl - Lisle, IL

901 Warrenville Rd.Suite 175 Lisle, IL 60532

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Updated: 05/17/2023

Lisle Criminal Lawyer


Terry Ekl is a founding member of the law firm of Ekl, Williams & Provenzale and has over 40 years of experience representing public and private sector clients in federal and state litigation. Throughout his career, Terry has distinguished himself as a tireless advocate for his clients in both civil and criminal cases...

About Terry A. Ekl

Current Employment Position(s)

  • Partner


  • English (Primary)

Practice Areas

  • Criminal
  • Civil Litigation
  • Criminal Defense
  • Litigation & Appeals
  • Car Accident
  • Civil Rights
  • Personal Injury
  • Wrongful Death

Representative Clients

  • Brad Staubitz
  • Chris Chelios
  • City of Chicago
  • City of Naperville
  • City of St. Charles
  • County of DuPage
  • Dennis Sevard
  • Derrick Rose
  • Ecolabs, Inc.
  • Ed Olczyk
  • Google, Inc.
  • John Harris, the former Chief of Staff to impeached Illinois Governor Rod R. Blagojevich
  • Koch Industries
  • Lamont Bryant, Former Marshall High School, boy’s basketball coach
  • Lee Daniels, House Minority Leader
  • Louis Bianchi, the elected State’s Attorney of McHenry County
  • Michael McFatridge, Former Edgar County State’s Attorney
  • Navistar International, Inc.
  • OfficeMax, Incorporated
  • Starlin Castro
  • Suntory Industries
  • Tomy, Inc.
  • Town of Cicero
  • Village of Mt. Prospect
  • Western DuPage Recycling and Transfer Station
  • DeKalb County
  • McHenry County
  • Lake County

Representative Cases

  • Karolina Obrycka v. Chicago police officer Anthony Abbate and the City of Chicago (2012)
  • Bostick, et al. v. Hellmuth, Obata & Kassumbaum, Inc., et al., Circuit Court Number 92 L 1695
  • People v. Knight, 18th Judicial Circuit, Court Number 96 CF 2589
  • Peter Burchard v. Richard Furstenau
  • Lamb v. Combs et al., 17 cv 50280 (Northern District of Illinois)
  • McCullough v. DeKalb County, 17 cv 50116 (Northern District of Illinois)
  • Navistar v. Fernandez, 2009 WL 9091041 (2nd District App.)
  • Bianchi v. McQueen, 2016 Il App (2nd) 150646 (2nd District App.)
  • opez v. City of Chicago, L 9648 (2006)
  • lstory Simon v. Northwestern University, 15-CV-1433
  • Holmes v. LaSalle County, 13-CV-6997


Bar Admissions

  • Illinois, 1973
  • Supreme Court of Illinois, 1973
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois, 1973
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois Trial Bar, 1983
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1987
  • U.S. District Court Central District of Illinois, 2006
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Wisconsin, 2007

Other Affiliations

  • American College of Trial Lawyers, 2006 (Inducted as a Fellow)
  • American College of Trial Attorneys, 2009 - Present (Upstate Illinois Membership Committee, Member)
  • Illinois Supreme Court Illinois Pattern Jury Instruction (Criminal IPI), 2003 - Present (Committee Member)
  • DuPage County Bar Association, 1996 - 1997 (President)
  • DuPage County Bar Association, 1992 (Criminal Law Committee, Chairman)
  • DuPage County Bar Association, 1995 - 1996 (2nd Vice President)
  • DuPage County Bar Association, 1997 - 1999 (Judiciary Committee, Chairman)
  • DuPage County Bar Association, 1994 - 1996 (Judiciary Committee, Member)
  • Chicago Bar Association, 1982 - 1984 (Defense of Indigent Prisoners Committee)

Classes and Seminars

  • Loyola University Law School lecture, Loyola Law School, 2015 - Present
  • Lake County Inns of Court Presentation, Fred Foreman, 2016 - Present
  • Association of Government Lawyers speech, Joseph Birkett, 2004 - Present

Pro Bono Activities

  • President, DuPage Bar Foundation, 1997 - 1998
  • Chairman, DuPage Family Fun Days to Benefit Special Olympic Athletes, 1996 - 1998
  • Vice President of the West Suburban Foundation for Disabled Veterans, 2005 - Present
  • Volunteer Baseball Coach Wheaton Park District, 1995 - 2002
  • Volunteer Football Coach at St. Michaels grade school, 2000 - 2003
  • Volunteer Football Coach at Wheaton-Warrenville South High School, 2004 - Present

Past Positions

  • Assistant State’s Attorney’s Office, Felony Trial Division, Cook County, Illinois, 1973 - 1977
  • Connolly & Ekl, P.C., Clarendon Hills, Illinois 60514, Partner, 1978 - 1988
  • Connolly, Ekl & Williams, P.C., Clarendon Hills, Illinois 60514, Partner, 1988 - 2006
  • Ekl Williams PLLC, Lisle, Illinois 60532, Partner, 2006 - 2011
  • United States Marine Corp. Reserve, First Lieutenant, 1969 - 1973
  • Cook County, Hired as a Special Assistant State’s Attorney, 1983


  • University of Illinois College of Law, Urbana, Illinois, 1973
  • Hinsdale Central High School, Hinsdale, Illinois
  • Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, 1970
    Honors: All-Big Ten Academic Football Team 1968 -1969
    Honors: President Delta Upsilon Fraternity
    Major: Political Science

Fraternities and Sororities

  • Delta Upsilon


Accepts Credit Cards

Office Information


901 Warrenville Rd.Suite 175 Lisle, IL 60532


  • 630-654-8318


Other Sources of Feedback About Terry A. Ekl

Included on the 2024 Illinois list

Past Lists

  • 2023 Illinois Super Lawyers list
  • 2022 Illinois Super Lawyers list
  • 2021 Illinois Super Lawyers list
  • 2020 Illinois Super Lawyers list
  • 2019 Illinois Super Lawyers list
  • 2018 Illinois Super Lawyers list
  • 2017 Illinois Super Lawyers list
  • 2016 Illinois Super Lawyers list
  • 2015 Illinois Super Lawyers list
  • 2014 Illinois Super Lawyers list
  • 2013 Illinois Super Lawyers list
  • 2012 Illinois Super Lawyers list
  • 2011 Illinois Super Lawyers list
  • 2010 Illinois Super Lawyers list
  • 2009 Illinois Super Lawyers list

View the profile for Terry A. Ekl on Super Lawyers


  • Inductee as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, 2006 - Present
  • Member of the Upstate Illinois membership committee for the American College of Trial Lawyers, 2009 - 2018
  • Member of the Illinois Supreme Court Pattern Jury Instruction Committee, 2003 - 2016
  • President of the DuPage County Bar Assoc. , 1996 - 1997
  • Super Lawyer, 2014 - 2018

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