Gary Ravitz's past public service includes a judicial clerkship and several years as a member of the Cook County (Illinois) Public Defender's elite Murder Task Force. As a result of death penalty reform in Illinois, he was among the first attorneys admitted by the Supreme Court to its Capital Litigation Trial Bar as a certified Lead Counsel. He also has served as Learned Counsel in federal death penalty litigation. Today, his trial and appellate practice includes civil cases as well as criminal cases in both the federal and state courts.

Gary's trial representation often involves complex criminal litigation, which includes charges ranging from bank and mortgage fraud to RICO and conspiracy. Although his client list has included politicians, businessmen and sports figures, it is not limited to such privileged individuals. Rather, Gary will often extend a helping hand to folks whose humbler backgrounds can leave them vulnerable to abuses.

Gary's civil clients include businesses and municipalities as well as individuals. In addition to torts and business litigation, he defends police officers in civil rights litigation.

Gary graduated with honors from the John Marshall Law School and was on its Law Review. He is a past author for the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, whose chapter on Illinois criminal pretrial discovery appears in Defending Criminal Cases (1996). His chapter concerning appellate oral argument is featured in the publication School's Out: A Practice Primer for New Attorneys (I.I.C.L.E. 1999). He also has written about the juvenile justice system: See Comment, The Illinois Juvenile Court Act: Does it Protect the Child's Best Interests?, 9 J. Mar. Prac. & Proc 396 (1975-76). Gary's most recent article, which concerns the constitutional right to the effective assistance of counsel, will appear in the Illinois Bar Journal in the Summer 2010.