Spend a minute with Jeffrey Moskowitz (JD ’12), and you’ll find a wealth of energy.
As a 3L licensed under Supreme Court Rule 711, Moskowitz worked for the Cook County Public Defender’s Office, representing clients charged with murder, attempted murder, criminal sexual assault, possession of controlled substances with intent to distribute, aggravated battery, assault, felony DUI, armed robbery, unlawful use of a weapon, theft and residential burglary. Moskowitz also received the CALI award for excellent trial litigation skills and the Benjamin Hooks Distinguished Public Service Award for his extensive pro bono work at the College of Law.
Though he hoped to keep his momentum going, he was forced to reassess his career path due to the hiring freeze at the Public Defender’s Office. A few months before graduation, he made the decision to channel his spirit into J. Moskowitz Law LLC, his own criminal defense law firm in Chicago.
“Due to the freeze, I said, ‘you know what—why not take a shot on my own,’” Moskowitz said. “I’ve always had a lot of energy. I think it’s my desire to always help my clients to the best of my ability that keeps me going.”
While many of his peers went in a different direction, Moskowitz says they were supportive of his decision to open his own firm. Similarly, his family took the decision in stride. The son and grandson of entrepreneurs, Moskowitz seamlessly upholds a family tradition. While his parents maintained an open-armed stance, giving him license to return home if all else failed, he took their support as motivation to succeed. Moskowitz began planning and building a financial reserve by taking on several part-time jobs. However, when his LLC membership and Illinois Bar admission kicked in, he decided to funnel all of his efforts into setting up the firm.