Passionate, Talented
Advocates On
Your Side
Passionate, Talented
Advocates On
Your Side
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Terry A. Ekl

  • Partner






Terry Ekl is a founding member of the law firm of Ekl, Williams & Provenzale and has over 40 years of experience representing public and private sector clients in federal and state litigation.  Throughout his career, Terry has distinguished himself as a tireless advocate for his clients in both civil and criminal cases. Terry has obtained successful verdicts and settlements in numerous high profile cases including, “code of silence” cases against the City of Chicago, wrongful death cases, civil rights cases, and malicious prosecution cases. Terry’s career has also focused on defending those wrongfully accused and he has successfully represented elected officials, law enforcement officers, prosecutors, and municipalities in criminal and civil actions. 

Throughout his career, Terry has not only stood out in his legal community as a zealous advocate for his clients but his fair, practical and common sense approach has also been sought out by counties, local municipalities, and law enforcement agencies to conduct internal investigations and recommend policy reforms.

Terry is a former president of the DuPage County Bar Association, a member of the Illinois Supreme Court Illinois Pattern Jury Instruction Committee, and a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. 


Areas of Practice

  • Criminal
  • Civil Litigation
  • Criminal Defense
  • Litigation & Appeals
  • Car Accident
  • Civil Rights
  • Personal Injury
  • Wrongful Death

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois, 1973
  • Supreme Court of Illinois, 1973
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois, 1973
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois Trial Bar, 1983
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1987
  • U.S. District Court Central District of Illinois, 2006
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Wisconsin, 2007


  • University of Illinois College of Law, Illinois
    • J.D. - 1973
  • Hinsdale Central High School, Hinsdale, Illinois
  • Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois
    • 1970
    • Honors: All-Big Ten Academic Football Team 1968 -1969
    • Honors: President Delta Upsilon Fraternity
    • Major: Political Science

Representative Cases

  • Karolina Obrycka v. Chicago police officer Anthony Abbate and the City of Chicago (2012)
  • Bostick, et al. v. Hellmuth, Obata & Kassumbaum, Inc., et al., Circuit Court Number 92 L 1695
  • People v. Knight, 18th Judicial Circuit, Court Number 96 CF 2589
  • Peter Burchard v. Richard Furstenau
  • Lamb v. Combs et al., 17 cv 50280 (Northern District of Illinois)
  • McCullough v. DeKalb County, 17 cv 50116 (Northern District of Illinois)
  • Navistar v. Fernandez, 2009 WL 9091041 (2nd District App.)
  • Bianchi v. McQueen, 2016 Il App (2nd) 150646 (2nd District App.)
  • opez v. City of Chicago, L 9648 (2006)
  • lstory Simon v. Northwestern University, 15-CV-1433
  • Holmes v. LaSalle County, 13-CV-6997

Representative Clients

  • Brad Staubitz
  • Chris Chelios
  • City of Chicago
  • City of Naperville
  • City of St. Charles
  • County of DuPage
  • Dennis Sevard
  • Derrick Rose
  • Ecolabs, Inc.
  • Ed Olczyk
  • Google, Inc.
  • John Harris, the former Chief of Staff to impeached Illinois Governor Rod R. Blagojevich
  • Koch Industries
  • Lamont Bryant, Former Marshall High School, boy’s basketball coach
  • Lee Daniels, House Minority Leader
  • Louis Bianchi, the elected State’s Attorney of McHenry County
  • Michael McFatridge, Former Edgar County State’s Attorney
  • Navistar International, Inc.
  • OfficeMax, Incorporated
  • Starlin Castro
  • Suntory Industries
  • Tomy, Inc.
  • Town of Cicero
  • Village of Mt. Prospect
  • Western DuPage Recycling and Transfer Station
  • DeKalb County
  • McHenry County
  • Lake County

Classes / Seminars

  • Loyola University Law School lecture, Loyola Law School, 2015
  • Lake County Inns of Court Presentation, Fred Foreman, 2016
  • Association of Government Lawyers speech, Joseph Birkett, 2004

Honors and Awards

  • Inductee as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Member of the Upstate Illinois membership committee for the American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Member of the Illinois Supreme Court Pattern Jury Instruction Committee
  • President of the DuPage County Bar Assoc.
  • Super Lawyer

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American College of Trial Lawyers, Inducted as a Fellow, 2006 to 2006
  • American College of Trial Attorneys, Upstate Illinois Membership Committee, Member, 2009 to Present
  • Illinois Supreme Court Illinois Pattern Jury Instruction (Criminal IPI), Committee Member, 2003 to Present
  • DuPage County Bar Association, President, 1996 to 1997
  • DuPage County Bar Association, Criminal Law Committee, Chairman, 1992 to 1992
  • DuPage County Bar Association, 2nd Vice President, 1995 to 1996
  • DuPage County Bar Association, Judiciary Committee, Chairman, 1997 to 1999
  • DuPage County Bar Association, Judiciary Committee, Member, 1994 to 1996
  • Chicago Bar Association, Defense of Indigent Prisoners Committee, 1982 to 1984

Past Employment Positions

  • Assistant State’s Attorney’s Office, Felony Trial Division, Cook County, Illinois, 1973 to 1977
  • Connolly & Ekl, P.C., Clarendon Hills, Illinois 60514, Partner, 1978 to 1988
  • Connolly, Ekl & Williams, P.C., Clarendon Hills, Illinois 60514, Partner, 1988 to 2006
  • Ekl Williams PLLC, Lisle, Illinois 60532, Partner, 2006 to 2011
  • United States Marine Corp. Reserve, First Lieutenant, 1969 to 1973
  • Cook County, Hired as a Special Assistant State’s Attorney, 1983 to 1983

Pro Bono Activities

  • President, DuPage Bar Foundation, 1997 to 1998
  • Chairman, DuPage Family Fun Days to Benefit Special Olympic Athletes, 1996 to 1998
  • Vice President of the West Suburban Foundation for Disabled Veterans, 2005 to Present
  • Volunteer Baseball Coach Wheaton Park District, 1995 to 2002
  • Volunteer Football Coach at St. Michaels grade school, 2000 to 2003
  • Volunteer Football Coach at Wheaton-Warrenville South High School, 2004 to Present


  • English

Fraternities / Sororities

  • Delta Upsilon