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Criminal Defense and Real Estate Lawyers – Serving Lake County and portions of Cook & McHenry Counties in Illinois

You must trust a highly qualified legal team to represent your best interests during a criminal or real estate case. The legal team at Nutschnig & Cavanaugh has built trust by amassing more than 20 years of experience representing clients in Lake County, as well as sections of Cook and McHenry counties. We provide honest assessments of every case we handle, and we always keep the lines of communication open between our clients and our highly rated legal team. Moreover, Nutschnig & Cavanaugh has earned the reputation for being one of the most accomplished legal teams in the State of Illinois for criminal and real estate cases.

Serving All Of:

  • Lake County Illinois,
  • portions of Cook & McHenry Counties in Illinois and the following communities:
  • Antioch
  • Bannockburn
  • Barrington
  • Beach Park
  • Buffalo Grove
  • Deerfield
  • Fox River Grove
  • Hainesville
  • Hawthorne Woods
  • Highland Park
  • Highwood
  • Island Lake
  • Kildeer
  • Lake Barrrington
  • Lake Bluff
  • Lake Forest
  • Lake Villa
  • Lake Zurich
  • Libertyville
  • Lincolnshire
  • Lindenhurst
  • Long Grove
  • Mettawa
  • Mundelein
  • North Chicago
  • Old Mill Creek
  • Park City
  • Riverwood
  • Round Lake
  • Round Lake Beach
  • Round Lake Heights
  • Round Lake Park
  • Tower Lakes
  • Verenon Hills
  • Wadsworth
  • Wauconda
  • Waukegan
  • Winthrop Harbor
  • Zion
  • Jurisdictions including the Illinois State Police, the Lake County Sheriff, and the Metropolitian Enforcement Group (MEG)

Experienced Lake County Criminal Defense Attorneys

Facing an accusation that you committed a crime can be one of the most devastating life events. An arrest for criminal offenses triggers a tremendous amount of shame and embarrassment. With an emotionally crippling criminal charge taking all of your focus and energy, you need to work with an Illinois licensed criminal defense team to help you navigate the choppy legal waters flowing throughout a criminal case.

With a thorough understanding of the Illinois legal system, Jeffery J. Nutschnig and Michael T. Cavanaugh offer clients every resource available in the pursuit of freedom from the legal shackles of criminal charges. We represent clients in a wide variety of criminal cases, including traffic cases such as a DUI. As opposed to many other criminal defense firms that seek quick resolutions for client’s cases, our team of accomplished attorneys spends the time required to prepare the most compelling defense in your favor.

We clearly explain the entire criminal trial process, which includes describing how a plea deal can dramatically reduce the time you spend in jail if you spend any jail time at all. After an arrest, law enforcement prefers to deal directly with the accused, not a lawyer or a team of attorneys that have the experience and knowledge to defend clients successfully. Law enforcement will read your rights, with speaking with an attorney the most essential right of all.

A criminal conviction will negatively impact all facets of your life, from marriage to your employment status. Make sure you get the best criminal defense possible by scheduling a free initial consultation with the criminal defense team at Nutschnig & Cavanaugh.

Real Estate Attorneys

When you become involved with the purchase of residential or commercial real estate, the process involves dealing with several forms and contracts that contain difficult to understand language. The real estate law team at Nutschnig & Cavanaugh help clients understand every provision within a real estate contract. We ensure our clients understand every document they sign, as well as recommend ways to streamline the real estate transaction process.

With a significant amount of money exchanging hands during a real estate deal, you want to have a team of real estate attorneys helping you get through the process smoothly. Whether you are the buyer or the seller, the real estate lawyers at Nutschnig & Cavanaugh protect the rights granted by Illinois real estate law. We review the title to a property and make sure there are no legal defects, such as a lien or judgment on a property, in every residential or commercial real estate closing document.

Schedule a Free Consultation Today

We make it a point to be available for our clients. Our office is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 am until 8:00 pm. We are also at our office on Saturday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Our reasonable fees and the option to sign up for a payment plan has helped dozens of clients gain the legal representation they deserve to defend criminal charges or consummate real estate transactions.

Call 847-263-8820 for a consultation: your consultation will be FREE once you retain the firm!

Experienced Representation

With years of experience as an Assistant State's Attorney and practicing as a criminal defense attorneys, Nutschnig & Cavanaugh have the knowledge to protect your rights throughout your case.


Our law firm, located in Lake County, provides representation in many areas. We focus on criminal defense, real estate, family law and personal injury. We litigate in all areas related to these practice areas and devote our knowledge and skill towards resolutions which are favorable to our clients.


Michael T Cavanaugh

If you have been arrested, you need to contact a knowledge criminal defense attorney immediately to protect your rights. A criminal conviction can impact all aspects of your life. Make sure you are protected...

Jeffery J. Nutschnig

Jeff began his legal career as a Lake County State's Attorney prosecuting Felonies, Misdemeanors, DUI's and Traffic matters. After spending three years as an Assistant State's Attorney, he was asked...

Client Reviews

  • Jeffery is supporting me throughout the whole process of my case. He explains and guides me through every detail of my case. Very professional, responsible, and knowledgeable. I am very content with his services. I strongly recommend him!!!- J. Z.

  • Mike did a great job on my case. Got 3 felonies, 2 of them class 3, all dropped to one misdemeanor. And I was already on probation so this kept me out of jail. He did great work and went the extra mile when I was willing to take a deal for less. I highly recommend him to anyone with any type of issue needing a lawyer. -M. B.

  • I’ve worked with Jeff Nutschnig many times over the years and highly recommend him.- Q. O’Brien

  • Wonderful to work with Jeff! He is kind, patient and explains everything. Easiest closing I’ve done in awhile. Thanks Jeff! -J.F.

  • Our family has hired Jeff Nutschnig to perform legal services for several of our properties. His outstanding prep work made each closing a very simple procedure. We were consulted on every matter and each time a thorough explanation was given. We were very happy with his service and would hire them for any of our legal matters. -S.S.

  • I used Jeff Nutschnig for a Real Estate purchase and had a fantastic experience. Jeff was critical to getting our purchase closed as we were in a transaction that did not involve realtors. There was so much to do and Jeff went above and beyond, not only helping me along with what a realtor would normally do but he also held the sellers and their legal team accountable to stick to dates and keep promises. In the end we closed the deal on time and we feel like we got the better end of the deal on the purchase. Doubtful that we would have had a similar experience with another lawyer as Jeff seemed to take our transaction very personally. I’d imagine that is how he conducts himself on all of his cases. Highly recommend!- B.W.

  • I highly recommend Attorney Jeff Nutschnig for any legal needs. He is extremely knowledgeable, respectful & efficient. Anyone needing legal advice, I refer to him. You are in great hands. My family will continue to use him for all our legal needs. -K.T.

  • Lake County Bar Association

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  • Our office is open Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Open Saturdays 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • We serve all of Lake County Illinois, portions of Cook, and McHenry Counties in Illinois

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