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Meet Our Attorneys
Outstanding attorneys and advocates
Brendan Shiller -- Partner
Brendan has been active in Chicago’s legal and social justice communities for over 20 years. As the firm’s Partner, Brendan’s guidance, insight and leadership extends into all aspects of the firm’s criminal, civil, and civil rights cases.
April Preyar -- Partner
April is a highly-skilled criminal defense attorney whose dedication to public service has brought her to hundreds of misdemeanor and felony cases. Apart from her community involvement, April is an accomplished writer and director of the Lil’ Sis Expo.
Christopher Bergin -- Attorney
Chris is the lead attorney for Shiller Preyar’s Immigration Litigation practice. He has handled more than 4000 immigration court cases, completed over a thousand immigration applications and interviews and consulted with thousands of clients.
Mary Grieb -- Attorney
Mary focuses almost exclusively on police misconduct litigation, including cases involving police brutality, malicious prosecutions, and unlawful arrests. Mary has also participated in litigating cases involving personal injury claims, and represented criminal defendants against federal and state charges.
John R. Antia -- Of Counsel Attorney
Fluent in Spanish, John is an excellent immigration attorney who also contributes his skills in the criminal courts. John regularly volunteers with the National Immigrant Justice Center, the Carbrini Green Legal Clinic, and Centro Sin Fronteras.
Abby Bakos -- Attorney
Abby’s focus is on federal civil rights litigation and she works hard to secure the rights of those affected by police misconduct. She is devoted to giving a voice to the underserved and has dedicated her career to the pursuit of justice for the residents of the Chicago-land area.
Rasheda Jackson -- Attorney
Rasheda’s focus is on civil rights, criminal defense, and zoning. She is a graduate of Louisiana State University Law Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Prior to joining Shiller*Preyar, Rasheda was the Pro Bono Coordinator at the Lawyers' Committee for Better Housing.

About Shiller*Preyar

The Shiller Preyar Law Offices is a unique law firm specializing in civil rights, immigration, criminal, and civil law. 

Whether our clients are suffering at the hands of the police, working to secure their immigration status or battling DUIs, the attorneys at Shiller Preyar provide tireless and dedicated attention to those who need it most. 

Our attorneys are supported by a friendly and helpful staff. We work as a team to help you get what you deserve.


Practice Areas

Our legal team can help you through any City of Chicago zoning or land use issue. Our lawyers have appeared before the City of Chicago Committee on Zoning, City of Chicago Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA), and City of Chicago Plan Commission. Our attorneys are familiar with local community groups and local elected officials. We guide clients through the legislative process for zoning and rezoning amendments and assist them in securing variances, special uses and conditional use approvals for residential and commercial sites.

From the mundane home sale to the complex real esate deal, our law office can protect your rights.

The Shiller Preyar Law Offices are an experienced and skilled civil litigation firm with more than 300 combined trials in the firm and experienced in every possible forum in state and federal courts. The Shiller Preyar Law Offices can litigate any issue you or your business has.

We can assist your business through any licensing need. We understand the administrative procedures required to secure any business license from any local municipality or the state. We advocate on behalf of our clients with local government and we provide guidance to our clients to assure that they have all the resources needed to maintain their license.

The attorneys at Shiller Preyar have relationships with decision-makers at all levels of local government, and we have relationships with experienced expediters and lobbyists. Shiller Preyar has familiarity with the City of Chicago Code and experience dealing with zoning, liquor licensing, business licenses, permitting and other local regulatory issues you may face.

We represent our clients in complaints brought by cities and municipalities alleging all types of Building Code and Licensing violations. Our lawyers agressively and intelligently defend businesses and individuals against overreaching city bureaucrats. Dealing with Building Code violations or other types of business violations can be frustrating and time-consuming. We will work to get violations dismissed or get you an adequate amount of time to address the violations without continuing to be fined or with the potential for fines to be reduced or dismissed.

Christopher Bergin is the lead immigration attorney for the Shiller Preyar Law Offices. With nearly 20 years of experience, Bergin has represented more than 3,000 immigration clients. With Bergin’s expertise, we will help you navigate your immigration application, larger case and even your interviews.

Shiller Preyar also brings its extensive and competent litigation skills to bear if you have suffered a personal injury as result of someone's negligence. If you are the victim of someone else's negligence and have suffered injuries, contact us to determine if you have a case to pursue. If we take your case, we may want you to pay for the costs of the case.

The Shiller*Preyar Law Offices has one of the county’s most formidable duos of criminal defense attorneys. Brendan Shiller and April Preyar have been highly effective in the face of misdemeanor cases, murder trials, DUIs, and more.

April Preyar is one of the most respected private attorneys practicing in the criminal courts in Cook County. Having been a public defender in traffic courts and in front of Judges Salone and Crane at 26th Street, Preyar developed a reputation for integrity and grit. She brought those skills to the private sector five years ago. She has since conducted thousands of trials and motions before a judge and dozens of jury trials.

Brendan Shiller has conducted jury trials ranging from DUIs to first degree murder. He has worked extensively in State courts and is also a member of the Northern District of Illinois’ Federal Defender Panel. Shiller is one of the few criminal defense attorneys that can lay claim to having beaten the federal government in a federal jury trial.

Mistreatment at the hands of the police is a serious matter. The Shiller Preyar Law Offices have extensive experience helping clients win not only judgements, but piece of mind in cases against police departments. In the past four years, the attorneys associated with Shiller Preyar have obtained nearly $3 million in settlements and judgments for police misconduct cases. We may be able to help you if you are a victim of:
  • False Arrest
  • Wrongful Conviction
  • Wrongful Search and Seizures
  • Police Abuse and Excessive Force


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The Shiller*Preyar Law Office
601 S. California Ave.
Chicago, IL 60612