Mr. Shaw founded the firm in 1995. Previously, he was a trial lawyer at Winston & Strawn. He received a B.S. Pharm., with honors, from Purdue University, and a J.D., magna cum laude, from Indiana University. He is a licensed pharmacist in Illinois, Indiana and Kentucky. In addition, he is a licensed attorney in state and federal courts in Illinois, D.C., and Wisconsin. Also, he is a certified arbitrator and guardian ad litem in Illinois. He writes and lectures on various legal topics and received awards for trial advocacy. He served as Special Illinois Attorney General, Illinois Legislative Counsel, Special Cook County States Attorney, and Special Round Lake Beach Counsel. He is a Teen Court Judge, Lake Forest Plan Commissioner, and a member of all major bar associations. He practices in all major areas including bankruptcy, civil, criminal, family, estate planning, land use, municipal, personal injury, probate, real estate and transactional law.