Vadim Shifrin, Esq.

Principal and Founder

Vadim Shifrin, Principal and Founder of Shifrin Law Group, is a respected trial attorney with a history of success representing clients in the personal injury, criminal law, real estate fields. Mr. Shifrin has been recognized as an Illinois Super Lawyers Rising Star, an honor given to only 2.5% of all attorneys practicing in Illinois,

Prior to starting his own full service general trial practice law firm; Mr. Shifrin was the Assistant Director of the Center for Intellectual Property Law and Information Technology at DePaul University College of Law for nine years. At this think-tank, he oversaw the day-to-day operations of a nationally ranked intellectual property organization by providing long-term strategic vision and management. During his tenure at DePaul, Mr. Shifrin also worked as a consultant to the Center for Art, Museum and Cultural Heritage Law at DePaul University College of Law.

From 2009-2013, Mr. Shifrin also acted as Of-Counsel at The Law Office of Steven R. Decker. There, Mr. Shifrin litigated complex cases in the fields of criminals law, personal injury, and landlord/tenant. During that time, he has also represented clients in a variety of negotiations, as well as, contract, employment, real estate, corporate, and intellectual property matters.

Earlier in Mr. Shifrin's legal career he had the distinct privilege of externing with The Honorable Samuel Der-Yeghiayan of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Additionally, he clerked at the Cook County State's Attorney's Office-Felony Division and the Misdemeanor Clinic at DePaul University College of Law.

Prior to starting his legal career, Mr. Shifrin worked in the marketing department of the Arlington Park Race Track, a Churchill Downs affiliate. He was also a respected news and sports reporter at two local radio stations and in 2001 was nominated for the prestigious "Young Journalist Award."

Mr. Shifrin is a motivated, resourceful and conscientious advocate. He is a natural leader, a certified mediator, and an exemplary problem solver. Mr. Shifrin's success in the courtroom and accolades in the trial advocacy field exemplify his excellent public speaking and communication skills. Mr. Shifrin has secured hundreds of courtroom victories in his clients’ favor. On the civil side, Mr. Shifrin and his staff have been able to help countless clients recover millions of dollars in civil negligence claims.

Mr. Shifrin is licensed to practice in Illinois and the Northern District of Illinois. Mr. Shifrin is also fluent in Russian. He received his Juris Doctor from DePaul University College of Law and his Bachelor of Science from the University of Illinois-Champaign/Urbana.

When he is not at the office, Mr. Shifrin enjoys spending time with his friends and family, biking around the city, trading stocks, investing in real estate, playing fantasy baseball and watching the Chicago Bulls not win championships. Mr. Shifrin is a volunteer attorney for the Lawyer for the Creative Arts and has volunteered with numerous local political campaigns as legal counsel.

Practice Areas

  • Criminal Law
  • Real Estate
  • Personal Injury Law
  • Entertainment & Media Law
  • Sports Law
  • Athlete and Talent Representation
  • Intellectual Property: Trademark and Copyrights
  • Internet Law
  • Business Law/Startup

Jurisdictions Admitted To Practice

  • State of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois

Professional & Bar Association Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Sports Lawyers Association


J.D., DePaul University College of Law, Chicago, IL

  • Dean's List
  • Graduated in top 15 percent of his class
  • CALI Excellence for the Future Award in Trial Advocacy

DePaul University, The Kellstadt Graduate School of Business, Chicago, IL

  • Non-degree seeking student in MBA program

B.S., University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL

  • Highest Honors
  • Nominee, Young Journalist Award
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