LAWYER UP
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About

Passion. Experience. Diligence.

History

We believe in service; our mission is to serve the hard-working and underrepresented people of Illinois by educating our clients on your rights and equipping you to stand up for yourself in court - either with us as your team or even as your own agent. Central to that service is keeping our prices based on the needs of our clients and not on our own needs - standing up for your rights shouldn’t cost you thousands of dollars.


We believe in fairness. The principals of this firm live modestly because we believe in building up our employees and our clientele before buying a fancy car or home. We hire immigrants, first-time grads, college dropouts, and people who have never gotten a fair chance - because we believe in second chances.

We believe in peace -
that everyone is doing the best they can with what they have - even your own ‘worst’ enemy. We want to help our clients see through the fog of the legal troubles they face and come to a clearer understanding and acceptance of their situation, whatever it may be - but only after we fight for justice, fairness, and equanimity between both parties. 

We believe in you - the people of our fair city and state.  Life has taught us that we are all the same and that our clients are some of the most wonderful, hard-working people who have lived extraordinary stories and deserve a fair chance. YOU are the key to our success and we treat every client with dignity, respect, and the frank honesty to which you're entitled. 

 

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We at LAWYER UP ILLINOIS know that finding the right attorney to represent you is a choice not to be taken lightly. That’s why we offer free consultations to walk you through your needs, the scope of your goals, and your budget.

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ABOUT OUR TEAM

 
 
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founder

Charles Drennen, Attorney at Law

A native Alabaman, Charles came to Chicago in 2004 and has been an active volunteer in his various communities ever since. His passions include restorative justice, fair housing, and his family.

Charles graduated from John Marshall Law School in 2007 and passed the Illinois Bar that year. 

His ethos of equalizing our disjointed justice system has brought the first ever client-based attorney fee system in Chicago, our signature Flex Fee Program. Ask us today about how to pay us on your schedule. 

 

Education

John Marshall Law School
Juris Doctor, 2007

UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA
B.A., Journalism & American History, 2000

Activities & Affiliations

• Illinois Bar Association, Member
• IP Law for Creatives Association, Member-at-Large

 

 
 

 
 
 

ASSOCIATE ATTORNEY

Megan T. Wright 

Originally from the Dallas suburbs, Megan has been in Chicago for about five years and has earned a special place in our clients' lives.  

 

Education

DePaul University School of Law,     Juris Doctor, 2016

UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA          B.A. in Journalism & Public Relations, 2013   

 

Activities & Affiliations

• Illinois Bar Association, Member
 

 

 
 

 
 
 

ASSOCIATE ATTORNEY

Michael V. Ohlmann 

Michael is a lifelong Chicagoan and seasoned litigator.

 

Education

John Marshall Law School                   Juris Doctor, 2002

LOYOLA UNIVERSITY
B.A., Art History, 1999

Activities & Affiliations

•Illinois Bar Association, Member