Thomas Brandstrader is one of a select group of highly qualified lawyers to be certified by the Illinois Supreme Court as lead counsel in death penalty cases. In addition to 30 years in the practice of criminal law and extensive trial work, Mr. Brandstrader has exceptional appellate court experience. He has had the distinct opportunity to orally present his arguments and issues to both the Illinois Appellate and Supreme Courts. He has authored over two-hundred briefs and appeared in every appellate district in Illinois as well as the Seventh and Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. His expertise includes all areas of criminal defense and appellate practice. Mr. Brandstrader has received an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell, their highest attorney rating. Mr. Brandstrader has been recognized by Leading Lawyers Network as a preeminent attorney in the field of Criminal Appellate Law.