Joseph Hanley is a seasoned litigator who uses his strong analytical, communication and investigatory skills to advance and protect the interests of companies in business and commercial disputes. He also defends individuals accused of wrongdoing by governmental entities, drawing upon his long experience as a prosecutor — most recently as an Assistant U.S. Attorney and previously at the state level — in his client advocacy.

Professional Background

Before joining Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP, Mr. Hanley was an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Arizona in the Drug Investigation Unit, where he received the Homeland Security Investigations Executive Associate Director’s 2010 Annual Award for Outstanding Investigative Accomplishments in Human Smuggling. Mr. Hanley attended the DEA Training Academy in Quantico, Virginia, and studied at the National Advocacy Center. Mr. Hanley began his career as an Assistant State’s Attorney in the Winnebago County State’s Attorney’s Office in Rockford, Illinois.

While in law school, Mr. Hanley interned with General Growth Properties, and with Pugh, Jones, Johnson & Quandt, both in Chicago. He also interned with the U.S. Army Staff Judge Advocate at Fort Stewart, Georgia.

Between undergraduate and law school, Mr. Hanley worked as a corporate paralegal at Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett, in New York, and at Winston & Strawn, in Chicago.


A selection of Mr. Hanley’s presentations and classes includes:

  • “Criminal Discovery Training,” class, District of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, December 2012.
  •  “Pre-Trial Motions,” class, Federal Criminal Practice Seminar, National Advocacy Center, Columbia, South Carolina, March 2012 and November 2011.
  • “Communication and Character Skills,” Keith Country Day Elementary School, Rockford, Illinois, 2007 and 2008.
  • “Law in American Society,” class, Roberto Clemente High School, Chicago, Illinois, 2005 and 2006.


Mr. Hanley has played competitive and social rugby for more than 15 years. He and his wife also enjoy running road races.


J.D., Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago-Kent College of Law, 2006

B.A., magna cum laude, Political Science, Providence College, 2000