Paul Koontz attended the University of Colorado, graduating in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in history. Paul then graduated the Southern Illinois School of Law in 2014 with a JD.

Paul was licensed by the Illinois State Bar in November of 2014. He began his legal career in the Winnebago County State’s Attorney’s Office in Rockford, Illinois.

After the State’s Attorney’s Office. Paul began practicing in criminal defense handling traffic, misdemeanor, and felony cases in McHenry, Lake, LaSalle, Dupage, Kane, Winnebago and Cook Counties.

Paul has also represented clients in federal court in the northern and southern districts of Illinois as well as the Federal 7th Circuit Court of Appeals.

While a prosecutor, Paul witnessed first hand the “the long arm of the law” which rarely takes into account a defendant’s situation and the consequences that follow. This is why he has decided to focus on criminal defense, to ensure that every client is not a notch for the prosecutor, as no two stories are the same. 

He fundamentally believes that people are good and that a moment should not define the entirety of a life.

Paul has conducted many hearings, bench trials, and jury trials throughout his career and is willing to take any case to trial.

When not in court, Paul is a focused on family, is an avid golfer, and a big outdoorsman.