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About Khaled Issa

I grew up in the southwest suburbs and graduated from Robert Morris University in 2008, where I majored in legal studies and business management. During my undergraduate studies, I clerked for both the Cook County State's Attorney's Office at the Bridgeview courthouse and a private criminal defense firm in downtown Chicago, completing my degree in just two-and-a-half years. I went on to attend The John Marshall Law School/UIC Law School, earning a certificate in Trial Advocacy in 2011. During law school, I was active on mock trial teams, notably reaching the semi-finals in the 2011 Capitol City Challenge in Washington, D.C. I also clerked for the Cook County State's Attorney's Office in the Felony Trial Division, where I gained significant courtroom experience, handling numerous motions and trials.

Before opening my own practice, I was a partner at James A. Payonk, Jr., P.C. for nearly a decade, where I litigated over 100 contested matters, including pre-trial motions, criminal constitutional motions, and bench and jury trials in both criminal defense and personal injury cases. Following Mr. Payonk’s retirement, I took over the practice, committed to continuing the tradition of providing top-notch legal representation.

My practice philosophy recognizes the uniqueness of each client's situation, ensuring personalized attention throughout the legal process. Whether dealing with serious criminal charges, minor offenses, or personal injury claims, I ensure all options are thoroughly explored and communicated, providing dedicated and effective legal counsel.

To schedule your consultation, visit us online or call 708-966-2408 today.


The John Marshall Law School/UIC Law School, J.D.-2011
Robert Morris College, B.B.A.-2008

Bar Associations

Illinois State Bar Association

Honors & Awards

Top 10 Under 40 National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys, 2021-2021
Avvo Clients' Choice Award, 2017-2018
Criminal Defense Top 40 Under 40, The National Trial Lawyers, 2017-2017
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