EXPERIENCE

MATTERS

 During his career as a prosecutor, Christopher worked with federal agents at over a dozen separate federal agencies. He was instrumental in helping to obtain a number of convictions for them at the state level. Through his years as a prosecutor, he worked on numerous cases with the former U.S. Immigration & Naturalization Service (I.N.S.), but also with the Department of Homeland Security (D.H.S.) Special Agents assigned to the new Office of Immigration & Customs Enforcement (I.C.E.), the Special Agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigations (F.B.I.), the Drug Enforcement Administration (D.E.A.), the U.S. Secret Service (U.S.S.S.), the U.S. Department of the Treasury (D.O.T.), the U.S. Postal Service Inspectors Office (U.S.P.S.), the Transportation Security Administration (T.S.A.), the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (A.T.F.), the U.S. Marshals Service (U.S.M.S.), the Department of Justice (D.O.J.) and the federal prosecutors with the U.S. Attorney’s Office (U.S.A.).

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CAREER & ACADEMIC ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Loyola University School of Law:

  • Named to National Moot Court Team (representing law school in national competition)

  • Recipient of the Law Advocacy Award (teaching a semester course in the American Legal System) 

  • Participated in the Trial Practice Competition (finishing as the winning team)

  • Participated in the Freshman Moot Court Competition

  • Served on the Editorial Board of “Blackacre” (a law school legal publication)

  • Served as a moot court tutor and taught a freshman course in “Legal Brief Writing”

  • Served as a Student Bar Association Officer

  • Participated in the Street Law program (receiving Best Speaker Award & Winning Team Award)

Loyola University of Chicago:

  • Graduated Magna Cum Laude

  • Elected Chairman of the Student Activities Board

  • Served as an elected Delegate to the Student Government Association

  • Served on the Editorial Board of the school newspaper

  • First student to serve on the University’s Academic Council & Committee on Student Life

  • Inducted into the “Blue Key” National Honor Society.

  • Student-taught a course entitled: “Law & American Society.”

Admitted to practice before the following courts:

  • Illinois Bar

  • U.S. Supreme Court

  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

  • Federal Trial Bar (U.S. District Court)

  • U.S Court of Tax Appeals (7th Circuit)

  • U.S Court of Military Appeals

  • U.S. Tax Court

  • U.S. Court of Appeals (Federal Circuit)

  • U.S. Court of International Trade

  • U.S. Claims Court

  • Federal Maritime Commission

AUTHORSHIP & SPEAKER ACCOMPLISHMENTS

  • Christopher founded his own private practice law firm and has lectured extensively to various groups over the last four decades.
     

  • He is an expert on search warrants, recently wrote and published a 377-page technical legal book on search warrants, entitled: “Drafting & Executing Search Warrants & Pen Registers” which serves as a training guide for police officers. It is course book for the law enforcement course Christopher teaches on search warrants.
     

  • Through the years, Christopher has published a variety of legal articles including his 2019 internationally published legal article on law enforcement.
     

  • Chosen as American Bar Association keynote speaker based on a ‘first-of-its-kind” case he prosecuted that set a legal precedent used by prosecutors across the nation.

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS & MEMBERSHIPS

PROFESSIONAL ATTORNEY BAR ASSOCIATION

 

  • National District Attorney’s Association | American Bar Association

  • Chicago Bar Association | Illinois State Bar Association | Cook County Bar Association

  • North Suburban Bar Association | Northwest Suburban Bar Association 

  • West Suburban Bar Association | Southwest Suburban Bar Association 

  • South Suburban Bar Association | Coalition of Suburban Bar Associations

  • Capital Litigation Bar | Loyola Academy Bar Association | Decatur Bar Association

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

  • Chicago Urban League | Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity International (P.A.D.)

  • Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association (A.O.P.A.) | Experimental Aircraft Association (E.A.A.)

  • Notaries Association of America

 

LAW ENFORCEMENT MEMBERSHIPS

  • Polish American Police Association (P.A.P.A.) | German American Police Association (G.A.P.A.)

  • Italian American Police Association (I.A.P.A.) | Jewish American Police Association (Shomrim)

  • Asian American Law Enforcement Association (A.A.L.E.A.) | Emerald Society

 

OTHER MEMBERSHIPS

 

  • Edison Park Chamber of Commerce | Hoffman Estates Chamber of Commerce

  • International Law Enforcement Educators & Trainers Association (I.L.E.E.T.A. faculty member)

  • Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association (A.O.P.A.)

ELECTED & APPOINTED OFFICES

 

  • Northwest Suburban Bar Association: Executive Board, Board of Governors, Parliamentarian, Chairman of the Criminal Law Committee, Chairman of the Law Day Committee, Judicial Evaluation.

  • Coalition of Suburban Bar Associations: Vice President

  • Chicago Bar Association: Judicial Evaluation

  • Various Judicial Screening Committees of multiple organizations: candidate qualification and credential screening for judicial office to ensure the most qualified judges on the bench.

BOARDS & OTHER LEADERSHIP

  • Various Boards of Directors/Governors for multiple organizations

  • Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office Trial Supervisor with team of ten prosecutors

  • Macon County State’s Attorney’s Office, Head of Traffic Division

  • Metropolitan Crime Commission (M.C.C.) Legal Advisor

  • Northwestern University Law School Moot Court Judge for Trial Advocacy program

PERSONAL INTERESTS & ACCOMPLISHMENTS

  • Who’s Who in American Law | Who’s Who in Emerging Leaders in America
    Who's Who in America | Who’s Who in the Midwest 

  • Who’s Who Among American High School Students

  • Registered Co-Patent Holder for the ‘Arithmetical Teaching Aid’ device

  • Licensed Private Detective

  • Licensed private pilot:

  • Possesses a variety of aviation ratings, including single-engine aircraft, multi-engine aircraft, complex/high-performance aircraft, seaplanes and flies a variety of aircraft.

  • Performed a variety of aerobatic maneuvers in decommissioned World War II aircraft and occasionally shuttles aircraft around the country for other aircraft owners.

  • Logged actual flight simulator time on official & original U.S. N.A.S.A. space shuttle simulator.

  • Ranked Captain & Legal Advisor in the C.A.P., United States Air Force, Auxiliary.

  • Certified Notary Public

Christopher Pfannkuche

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