Senior Partner, Genson & Associates
Edward Genson has been called the dean of Chicago criminal defense attorneys by Lawyers USA and the Chicago Tribune, and “the go-to lawyer in town” by Chicago Magazine. In more than 40 years of white-collar and criminal defense practice, he has been lead counsel in high-profile civil and criminal litigation as defense attorney for senior business executives (including a major North American newspaper publisher), leading political figures (for example, a former Illinois Congressman and a former Illinois governor), as well as such other notable clients an internationally known musical entertainer and a prominent motion picture actor. The New York Times describes Mr. Genson as “a master strategist who will fight to the end for his clients,” and Time Magazine adds that, “for a certain type of client who isn’t willing to give up without a fight, Genson is the ideal advocate.”
Mr. Genson has litigated matters at the state and federal levels throughout the country, and his national reputation in white-collar defense is reflected in selection by his professional peers for inclusion in the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. His other peer recognitions include listing in The Best Lawyers in America (annually since 1988), Illinois Leading Lawyers Network and Illinois SuperLawyers. He has been rated the number one criminal defense lawyer in the Chicago area by the Leading Lawyers Network for three consecutive years. The prestigious Chambers and Partners has ranked Mr. Genson as a top national trial lawyer, saying that he “has a long and successful history of defending those accused of white-collar crime” and citing professional sources who say that he is “a wonderful lawyer, and makes a good impression on jurors and judges.”
For each case that he undertakes, Ed Genson uses his in-depth knowledge of trial procedure to craft a defense focused on the specific dynamics of the jury and judge involved. In one of his most publicized cases, after casting doubt on an important piece of the prosecution’s evidence, Genson and his defense team opted not to call for a mistrial but to instead chose to hear the jury’s verdict. As described in The National Law Journal, the “major gamble . . . paid off” in a not-guilty verdict on 14 charges against the client. Genson is also tenacious in defense of his clients – Chicago Magazine deemed him “a master of the cross-examination.” As Ed himself described for Lawyers USA the commitment his clients have come to expect: “Trial law is an all-encompassing kind of profession. It’s your whole life when you’re at trial.”
In addition to his extensive trial practice, Genson has undertaken numerous appeals for his clients. That includes admission before the U.S. Supreme Court and Illinois State Supreme Court, as well as seven United States Circuit Courts.
As a reflection of his high professional reputation, Mr. Genson has been invited to speak before numerous professional organizations (such as the American Bar Association and National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers) and law schools (including those at John Marshall University, Loyola of Chicago, Northwestern University and the University of Illinois). His writings on litigation defense issues have been published by the American and Illinois State Bar Associations and Loyola University Law School. He has also received several gubernatorial appointments to Illinois state boards and commissions. A lifelong Chicagoland resident, Ed lives with his wife in suburban Deerfield; they have three children and five grandchildren.View full bio
Vadim A. Glozman is an attorney at Edward M. Genson & Associates where he represents individuals and corporations facing state and federal prosecution, focusing on white collar and major felony criminal defense, civil and criminal asset forfeiture, and appellate representation.
Mr. Glozman assists in the aggressive defense of the firm’s clients in complex federal matters including conspiracy, mortgage fraud, health care fraud, bank fraud, mail/wire fraud, theft of trade secrets, and public corruption, as well as providing zealous advocacy for those charged with drug crimes, violent crimes, theft, weapons charges, and various other state charges. Mr. Glozman represents clients throughout all stages of litigation including grand jury investigations, verdicts, sentencing, and appeals. He understands that no two cases are alike and provides an individualized assessment and approach to every case he handles in order to ensure the best possible outcome for his clients.
Mr. Glozman’ has represented individuals from all walks of life including businessmen, doctors, lawyers, and political figures, among many others. Whether representing a high-profile or indigent client, all are represented with an equal vigor and tenacity. Mr. Glozman works closely with clients to effectively develop a defense strategy and makes sure they understand how to best protect their rights.
Mr. Glozman is a graduate of The John Marshall Law School, where he was a member of the Dean’s List and earned a Certificate in Trial Advocacy. During school, Mr. Glozman served as a judicial extern for the Honorable Judge Nathaniel R. Howse, Jr. at the Illinois Appellate Court – First District where he drafted opinions regarding the constitutionality of the controversial Unlawful Use of Weapon statute.View full bio