Legal Experience

Overview
  • Former Cook County Assistant State’s Attorney – more than 20 years handling complex bench and jury trials including arson, murder, narcotics, sexual assault, and weapons violations
  • Former public servant and crime fighter
  • 27 plus years experience
  • Strong work ethic
  • Extensive complex criminal trial and litigation experience as prosecutor and defense attorney
  • Qualified or Recommended ratings by the Chicago Bar Association and the Cook County Bar Association
  • Family owned and operated Northeastern Fruit Market at Lincoln and Peterson for over 38 years
  • Lectured against gang recruitment and drugs in grammer schools within the Chicago Public School System
  • Life long resident of the northwest side and Lincolnwood since 1982
Thomas P. Kougias, Attorney at Law, Chicago, IL Solo Practitioner, March 2012 – Present
  • Appear in court on behalf of clients on a variety of matters, including criminal and traffic cases
Acosta Law Group, Chicago, IL – Associate, June 2013 – 2015
  • Appear in court on behalf of clients on a variety of matters, including criminal and traffic cases in Cook, Lake, Kane, DuPage, Will, McHenry, Winnebago Counties
Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, Chicago IL – Assistant State’s Attorney, December 1991- March 2012

Criminal Prosecutions Bureau:

Felony Trial Division, Nov. 1998 – Mar. 2012

  • Acted as primary attorney on felony cases, including murder, rape, robbery, weapons and narcotics
  • Conducted over 1000 bench trials, 54 felony jury trials, and 6 misdemeanor jury trials
  • Argued various pre-trial motions, and drafted and responded to same
  • Evaluated case evidence and developed trial strategy
  • Drafted criminal charges and plea agreements
  • Interviewed and prepared police personnel and civilian witnesses to testify at trial
  • Supervised and trained other attorneys

Special Litigation, Oct. 2007 – Aug. 2008

  • Reviewed, researched, and drafted responses to class “C” inmates seeking early release/ parole
  • Coordinated and conducted hearings with prisoner review boards in both Chicago and Springfield
  • Located and arranged testimony of victim family members, former prosecutors and attorneys before board to express concerns/objections to early release
  • Reviewed, researched and responded to individuals filing petitions for executive clemency and expungements

Community Prosecutions, Aug. 2005 – Feb. 2007

  • Worked within University of Illinois/III. Medical Dist. community to address student/resident safety concerns
  • Worked within Illinois Institute of Technology/Hyde Park community to address safety concerns
  • Filed criminal charges for violations occurring within community and served as primary prosecutor for same, handling cases from initial filing through disposition
  • Conducted extensive community outreach, providing grammar school safety lectures and classroom mock trials, attending community security meetings, and working closely with area alderman and police commanders and staff
Felony Review, Supervisor, Mar. 2000 – Sep. 2000

Line Assistant, Jan. 1995 – Jan. 1996

  • Supervised 9 attorneys while managing personal case load as part of county-wide unit operating 24-hours a day, 7- days a week, to respond to murders, homicides, and any “dead body” cases from police agencies
  • Interviewed and documented defendant, victim and witness statements
  • Worked with a variety of law enforcement and government agencies to review and gather evidence to be used in felony prosecutions, and determined any applicable criminal charges
  • Observed and partiCipated in Victim Sensitive Interviews as part of child molestation investigations
  • Testified in court as needed

Preliminary Hearing/ Branch 66

  • Conducted 5 to 10 felony probable cause preliminary hearings and murder or sex-related bond hearings per day
  • Presented murder and sexual offense indictments to the Grand Jury
  • Evaluated case evidence and developed trial strategy
  • Interviewed and prepared police personnel and civilian witnesses to testify before Grand Jury
  • Drafted charges for both Grand Jury and Indictment proceedings
  • Represented State in felony bond court proceedings
  • Worked closely with medical professionals and members of the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), Chicago Public Schools, and various community groups as part of case prosecution

Traffic Division, Dec. 1991- Jan. 1993

  • Acted as primary prosecuting attorney on misdemeanor traffic-related charges such as DUI, statutory summary suspension hearings, suspended license, fleeing /eluding police, reckless driving and leaving the scene of an accident involving bodily injury/damage of property
  • Reviewed and responded to multiple motions and bench trials on a daily basis

Narcotics Bureau: Night Narcotics, Jan. 1997 – Jan, 1998

  • Acted as primary attorney on felony narcotics charges
  • Nightly hearings on various motions and bench trials, with jury trials conducted during the day

Juvenile Justice Bureau: Juvenile Justice and Child Protection Divisions, Jan. 1993 – Jan. 1995

  • Acted as primary attorney on felony delinquency criminal cases, serving as 1st Chair in trial courtroom
  • Prosecuted abuse and neglect cases and evaluated evidence and developed trial strategy
  • Screened and reviewed DCFS reports and met with agency officials to determine possible abuse and neglect charges stemming from agency investigations, and drafted petitions to screen cases into court
  • Interviewed and prepared police personnel, medical professionals, DCFS personnel, teachers, and other witnesses to testify

Supervised and trained other attorneys as assigned
Relevant Training:

  • Career Prosecutors Course: Charleston, South Carolina, July 2002 Two week intensive trial advocacy program involving lectures, training and daily mock criminal trials sponsored by the National College of District Attorneys
Law Office of Francis A. Nolan Attorney, 1989 – 1991
  • Represented clients in criminal and traffic matters
  • Researched and drafted responses in criminal law, including motions, discovery requests, and legal memoranda
  • Performed legal research regarding various criminal issues
  • Interviewed and screened prospective clients
Law Office of Edward G. Krantz Law Clerk, 1985 -1988
  • Researched and drafted civil complaints, motions, discovery request, and legal memos
  • Performed legal research regarding matrimonial issues
  • Interviewed and screened prospective clients and prepared client opinion letters

Volunteer Experience

Ronald McDonald House, Oak Lawn, Illinois, Quarterly Volunteer, 2011 – Present

  • Donate food and prepare meals to serve to patients and families

 

Education and Bar Admissions

Admitted to the Illinois Bar, November 1988 Chicago-Kent College of Law, Chicago, IL

Juris Doctor, November 1988 Loyola University of Chicago

Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, May 1985

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