Paul Tanzillo is a 1982 graduate of Illinois Benedictine College, in Lisle, Illinois. He graduated from Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago-Kent College of Law in January of 1986, where he was on the Dean’s List. He grew up in Chicago where his father was a detective in both the Northwest side Police Headquarters and the 1st District.
Mr. Tanzillo began his legal career as a Cook County Assistant State’s Attorney where he successfully tried hundreds of cases. Eventually he worked in the Criminal Appeals Division where he drafted and successfully argued many briefs before the Illinois Appellate Court. Eventually he was chosen to research and draft a brief to the Illinois Supreme Court and the United States Supreme Court. Some of these opinions are published in the Northeastern Reporter. After leaving the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, Mr. Tanzillo practiced in the area of Municipal Law, representing the Villages of Palatine, Mt. Prospect, Northfield, and Glencoe as both an Assistant Village Attorney and Prosecutor.
Mr. Tanzillo started his own practice in 2005 representing national hotel and restaurant chains as well as grocery stores, liquor stores, department stores and other retail merchants in their commercial litigation disputes as well as their business and liquor license matters and the defense of liquor license violations throughout the City of Chicago and the State of Illinois, as well as nationally. He also represents clients in administrative actions for code violations, dramshop violations and premises liability actions. The results he has secured for his clients, whether through early dismissal or by obtaining defense verdicts at trial, are second to none.
Mr. Tanzillo has been recognized as leading defense counsel in the defense of restaurant and hotel security cases and regularly lectures and conducts seminars on the legal issues surrounding hotels and restaurants. Mr. Tanzillo has successfully avoided judgments where millions of dollars in damages were at risk for claims against negligent security for personal injury, false arrest, false imprisonment, robbery, assault, battery and criminal assault.
Mr. Tanzillo is a member of the American Trial Lawyers Association, Illinois State Bar Association, Northwest Suburban Bar Association, Justinian Society of Lawyers, Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel and the Defense Research Institute. He is licensed to practice in the State of Illinois, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.
Outside of his law practice, Mr. Tanzillo is a member of the Board of Directors for CareLink Foundation, a non-for-profit, charitable organization, which provides monetary assistance for medical care and treatment to children whose families are either uninsured or underinsured; is the President Elect and member of the Naperville Central High School Athletic Booster Club; is an Illinois High School Association licensed football official and referee; is a coach and manager for the youth baseball in Naperville, Illinois, and is a member of the St. Joseph High School Sports Hall of Fame.