Brendan is the managing partner at SPJS Law, a medium size law firm that specializes in criminal defense, civil rights and immigration.. A lifelong resident of Chicago, Brendan has extensive experience in a variety areas of law, including criminal defense, white collar criminal defense, civil rights, zoning, licensing, and others.
Shiller has appeared in more than 300 federal civil rights cases and more than 1000 state criminal cases. He has litigated more than 20 jury trials, and hundreds of bench trials and motion hearings. Shiller is one of only a handful of practicing criminal defense attorneys that has beating the Department of Justice on multiple occasions in federal criminal cases. All but seven of Shillers more than 300 federal civil rights cases have ended either in settlement or a trial victory.
In addition to his extensive criminal defense and civil rights practice, Shiller is in-house counsel for multiple marijuana companies. Shiller led a team that compiled more than 200 applications for Illinois’ marijuana dispensary licensing application process.
Shiller graduated first in his class from John Marshall Law School in 2003, where he received numerous awards. While attending law school, Brendan interned for the Lawyer’s Committee for Better Housing, the Office of the State Appellate Defender, and he externed for the Honorable Judge Robert W. Gettleman of the Northern District of Illinois. He was also a member of the John Marshall Law Review Staff and the Moot Court Council.
In addition to being the managing partner at SPJS Law, Shiller is a founder and the Board President of the Westside Justice Center—a unique wholistic pro bono legal service provider that combines legal services with wraparound services to the westside community.
Shiller is also the founder and Board President of the Judicial Accountability PAC, which spearheaded a coalition of activist groups to remove a Cook County criminal judge from the bench for the first time in three decades.
Shiller is an advisor to multiple elected officials through his consulting firm. Shiller has advised or consulted on dozens of political campaigns, going back to being the campaign manager for his mother, Alderman Helen Shiller in her last two runs for reelection.