Attorney Biography

Nenye Uche

Attorney Nenye Uche is a nationally recognized litigator and trial lawyer. Attorney Uche’s talent, dedication and passion for advocacy has led him to successfully try to verdict over five hundred cases that span multiple legal specialties ranging from personal injury and civil rights cases to criminal and DUI defense.

Past Experience

Prosecutor/Assistant State’s Attorney at Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, and Judicial Extern to Justice Butler at Wisconsin Supreme Court.

University of Wisconsin
Law School

Author of Tips on Cross Examination, Cook County Bar Association (CCBA) Newsletter (Winter 2010)


2023 Illinois Super Lawyers List
Recognized as a Top 40 lawyer under 40 by The National Trial Lawyers
Best Attorney Award, Stanford Law School Mock Trial Competition
Best Petitioner’s Brief, August A. Rendigs National Products Liability Moot Court Competition
Mathy’s Memorial Award for Appellate Advocacy
Competition Chair, University of Wisconsin Moot Court Board
Member, University of Wisconsin Mock Trial Team



Attorney Uche recently secured a $1.18 million jury verdict against the City of Chicago and the Chicago Police Department in Cockerham v. City of Chicago; a nationally publicized civil rights case involving the shooting death of a 23-year old man by a Chicago police officer. Additionally, in Jones v. Villa at South Holland, Attorney Uche secured a record jury verdict of $625,000 for an elderly woman who suffered 11-hours of emotional distress while at a nursing home.

Within the area of criminal law, Attorney Uche has successfully argued and persuaded the Illinois Appellate Court in People v. Litiwn 2015 IL App (3d) 140429, to throw out his client’s conviction and 12-year sentence for drug trafficking; a case now often cited as legal precedent. Also, in People v. Holt, Attorney Uche got murder charges dismissed against his client by successfully filing a pre-trial motion to dismiss murder charges.

Beyond his success in trial advocacy, Attorney Uche has handled numerous high-profile cases that have been featured in prominent media outlets such as The New York Times, The Guardian, BBC and CNN, amongst many.

Additionally, Attorney Uche has been recognized by his peers as well as prominent legal organizations. For example, Attorney Uche is listed among the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Illinois by the invitation-only The National Trial Lawyers. Also, Attorney Uche’s courtroom successes culminated with his selection for inclusion to the Illinois Super Lawyers list; each year, no more than five percent of the lawyers in the State of Illinois are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor.

Attorney Uche has been selected for listing as an Illinois Super Lawyers since 2022 and an Illinois Super Lawyers Rising Stars list since 2019. Additionally, Attorney Uche was selected as a member to The Million Dollar Advocates Forum. The Million Dollar Advocates Forum is recognized as one of the most prestigious groups of trial lawyers in the United States. Forum membership acknowledges excellence in advocacy and membership is limited to attorneys who have won million-dollar verdicts, awards and settlements and fewer than 1 % of U.S. lawyers are members.

Attorney Uche’s commitment to the law was demonstrated at an early stage in his career. For example, upon graduating from one of the most prestigious Law schools in the Midwest, the University of Wisconsin Law School, Attorney Uche was the recipient of a string of advocacy awards, some of which included: the 2007 Best Attorney Award at the Stanford Law School Mock Trial Invitational Competition in California, as well as the 2006 Best Petitioner’s Brief Award at the August A. Rendigs National Products liability Moot Court Competition in Ohio.

After law school, Attorney Uche joined one of the largest and most respected prosecutor’s offices in the United States: The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office. As a prosecutor, he successfully prosecuted well over a thousand criminal cases and in the process gained a wealth of experience in advocacy, which he employs successfully for his clients today.


The Million Dollar Advocates Forum
The National Trial Lawyers, Top 100
American Association for Justice
Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
Cook County Bar Association
Chicago Bar Association
American Bar Association
International Bar Association

Bar Admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals
Seventh Circuit
U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois (Trial Bar)
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