Defense Team


Edward Johnson

Edward Johnson Criminal Defense Lawyer

Edward Johnson is a lawyer who genuinely cares about the well-being of his clients. nominated him as a rising star in criminal defense in 2016 – 2018.  He was named one of the “Top 10” Criminal Defense Lawyer under 40 in Illinois by the National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys 2014-2018 because of his success in his cases and his drive to help his clients. He graduated from the University of Denver’s Sturm College of Law.  Edward Johnson draws on his extensive experience, both here in the state of Illinois and his time in the Colorado criminal defense system.  He has passed the bar in both Illinois and Colorado.  His vast experience in the courtroom and the in-depth knowledge of federal and state criminal law has proven to be a winning combination for his clients’ legal defense. His ability to portray his defendants in a positive light and artfully present arguments that win over both judges and juries have repeatedly proven to be a winning strategy.

When Edward Johnson decides to take on a case, he not only commits to the client; he commits to the research, dedication, and tenacity required to pursue all legal avenues to ensure the best possible defense for all of his clients. Your life is too important to risk with just any criminal defense attorney. When you walk into the offices of Edward Johnson, know that you will be treated with respect and no judgment. Each client is assumed innocent until proven guilty and nowhere is that more important than with Edward. Edward’s goal is to make sure that you receive the best possible defense to solidify your rights and your dignity to the fullest extent of the law. Recent victories: Man Acquitted

 John Miraglia

criminal defence trial lawyerJohn Miraglia is an unstoppable trial lawyer with almost 15 years of criminal trial experience. He handles cases from weapon charges to first-degree murder. As a lawyer practicing for more than a decade in the Chicagoland area, he carries with him the utmost professionalism, a wealth of knowledge and expertise, and a vast network of acquaintances and friends in the field. With his clients’ best interests always in mind, he has accumulated countless wins in bench and jury trials.

Originally from the state of New York, he first brought his tough New York attitude to our windy streets while attending Law School in Chicago. He worked with many troubled youths during his time in social work and eventually through the trust he grew, came to defend many of them in adulthood. He truly cares for those who come to him in need.

John has been married for ten years and has two children. He has enjoyed a few Chicago Marathons in his day. He has the patience and endurance to deal with any kind of case, commit to the long hours required for each one, and win. With John Miraglia on your defense team, you can rest assured that his consistency, attention to detail, and ferocity in the courtroom will guide you to victory.  Recent victories: Man Acquitted In Murder Trial

Cordelia Coppleson

Cordelia Coppleson is a former States Attorney and accomplished litigator.  Drawing on almost 20years of trial experience, Cordelia has won jury trials all over Chicago.  In addition to serving as Assistant State’s Attorney, she undertook a variety of training initiatives to better fulfill her obligations. Among these courses were Ethics and Professionalism for Prosecutors, DUI Prosecution Seminar, Technology Topics for Prosecutors, and Litigation Technology. She also completed training in using evidence related to gunshot residue or fingerprints, DNA, blood evidence and jury selection.

Coppleson completed her degree in American studies at Union College in Schenectady, New York, before earning her law degree and gaining admission to the Illinois Bar. When not working, she enjoys refereeing games through the American Youth Soccer Organization and spending time with her growing family.  She has the experience and expertise to take on any case.



Christopher McCallum

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Christopher McCallum is a former States Attorney.  He has been an attorney for ten years.  He attended John Marshall Law School where he specialized in trial litigation.  He was recognized by ATLA for his performance in Trial Advocacy in 2004 regional team competition. Christopher has extensive experience in handling matters both here in the US, as well as overseas in Manila, Philippines, and India.  Christopher is licensed in both Illinois and Washington D.C.

Christopher does not judge on the matter before him, he listens and uses his knowledge and experiences for the best outcome possible. Christopher’s willingness to listen, and adapt to clients issues is a proven asset to our clients’ overall success.

Emma Boyer


Ms. Boyer’s client-centered, strategic and aggressive approach has been an asset to our office for several years.  She has successfully defended numerous criminal and traffic cases during her time with our office. Her outgoing approach ensures clients are kept well informed and involved with every step of their case.  She understands the importance of communication and ensuring client satisfaction.  Her ability to resolve legal matters quickly and tailoring the outcome to our clients’ desire has been her essential formula for success.  She enjoys Cardinals baseball and fostering animals in her spare time.

IL Licensed Private Detective Jerry Hilger

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Jerry Hilger is the President, CEO and Lead Private Detective for SOLVED Investigations, Inc. He is a retired police lieutenant serving over 20 years with a Chicago Suburban police agency. As he rose through the promotional ranks with his department, his police accomplishments include the Lyons Club Officer of the Year Award for the years 2000 and 2005. He was the recipient of honorary recognition into the International Police Hall of Fame in 2001 for his team success during his detective assignment with the Illinois State Police Joint Homicide Task Force. He spent several years revising most and creating many of his police department’s general orders and policies and procedures manuals. His educational achievements include a Master’s Degree in Public Safety Administration (PSA), with minor in Criminal Justice/Psychology from Lewis University.

Lieutenant Hilger also attended and successfully completed the accredited Northwestern University Center for Public Safety, Police Staff and Command Training Program in 2004. He also served for more than five years as an adjunct instructor for Morton Community College, teaching courses in Organizational Administration and Law Enforcement Policy and Procedures II, and has successfully published research on High-Speed Police Pursuits and The Community Policing Philosophy. Lieutenant Hilger is the proud father of two healthy and talented daughters. For more information on professional investigative services, please log into

 Jason J. Patel

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Jason J. Patel is a law clerk at the Law Office of Edward David Johnson III.  He previously was an intern at the Kane County Public Defenders Office where he worked exclusively with clients facing DUI charges. He also clerked for Justice Donald C. Hudson from the Second District of the Appellate Court of Illinois reviewing trial court records and drafting opinions for criminal cases on appeal. His work experience has given him valuable knowledge and insight into the litigation of DUI cases.

Jason is most interested in criminal law. He authored a publication in the Illinois State Bar Association Child Law Newsletter in 2015. He is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association, the American Bar Association and the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel. His hobbies include sports, fitness, and playing the guitar.

Jason earned his J.D. in 2015 from Northern Illinois University. He earned his B.A., Magna cum laude, in 2012 from DePaul University. He is currently sitting for the February 2016 bar exam.

 Nicole Rhim

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Nicole Rhim, a recent graduate of the University of Iowa, is a clerk working for Edward Johnson III. She received her degree in psychology and pre-law with a minor in International Relations in three years.  She processes all case files, assists in court, and files court documents.  She is interested in International or Criminal law.  Nicole will be applying to law school this year.

Hanah Chang

Hanah Chang is DePaul University graduate who works as the office clerk. She is fluent in American English, proficient in Korean, and conversant in Japanese. She also types at 120+ words per minute in any of the above-cited languages. She answers phone calls and processes all of the case files for our clients. At The Law Offices of Edward Johnson, we create digital files of our clients’ paperwork as well as keep the physical files for optimum organization and client convenience, and she takes care of this important part of the attorney-client process.

Kathryn Boyle

Kathryn Boyle received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Legal Studies with a concentration in Public Law from Ball State University in 2014. Ms. Boyle’s degree, unlike most legal studies degrees, is a four-year degree that has been approved by the American Bar Association (ABA). During the course of her studies and internships, she has written appellate briefs, trial notebooks, participated in mock trials, and oral argument simulations. Aside from educational experience, Ms. Boyle has worked as a law clerk for four years prior to joining our office. Her experience in areas such as labor and employment law and education law add a unique perspective to our offices and our clients. What she lacks in years of experience, she makes up for in work ethic and heart. Her dedication to our clients, love of a challenge, and resilience makes her perfectly equipped to become successful in the criminal law field.

Ms. Boyle has recently been accepted to law school and plans to pursue her J.D. in criminal law or international human rights law in 2015 with aspirations of becoming a top litigator in either area.

Mysirell Green

Mysirell Green assists Edward Johnson as a part-time Investigator and Law Clerk. He accompanies Edward Johnson to the crime scene, to court, and more to provide helpful insights into our cases.