Paul is a Chicago native and a 1982 graduate of Illinois Benedictine College, in Lisle, Illinois. He graduated from Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago-Kent College of Law in January of 1986, where he was on the Dean’s List.
Paul began his legal career in 1986 as a Cook County Assistant State’s Attorney in the Criminal Appeals Division where he drafted and successfully argued many briefs before the Illinois Appellate Court, Illinois Supreme Court and the United States Supreme Court. Eventually, Paul was assigned to the Criminal Division where he successfully tried hundreds of cases. Mr. Tanzillo has also practiced in the area of Municipal Law, representing the Villages of Palatine, Mt. Prospect, Northfield, and Glencoe, IL., as both an Assistant Village Attorney and Prosecutor.
In 1991, Paul became associated with Johnson and Bell, Ltd., a mid-sized insurance defense firm in Chicago, where he was elected partner and represented national hotel and restaurant chains, grocery stores, liquor stores, department stores and other retail merchants in their defense of commercial and civil litigation, business and liquor licensing matters and the defense of business administrative and liquor license violations throughout the City of Chicago, State of Illinois and nationally.
In 2000, Paul became a partner at McBreen, Kopko, McKay & Nora. In 2007, Paul was a founding member of McKay, Nora, Tanzillo, Daddino & Kott, LLP. In 2015, Paul founded The Tanzillo Law Group, LLC, where he continues his practice of law and representation of clients which he established in 1991.
Paul has been recognized as being a proactive advocate for the hospitality industry in both licensing and in the defense of retail merchants, and regularly lectures and conducts seminars on the legal issues involving these industries. Paul has been a member of the American Trial Lawyers Association, Illinois State Bar Association, Northwest Suburban Bar Association, Justinian Society of Lawyers, Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel, The Defense Research Institute, and The National Association of Licensing and Compliance Professionals. He is licensed to practice in the State of Illinois and the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.
Outside of his law practice, Paul is a member of the Board of Directors for the CareLink Foundation, a not-for-profit, charitable organization, dedicated to providing critical assistance to families in third world countries, particularly Honduras; is a past President of the Naperville Central High School Athletic Booster Club; is an Illinois High School Association licensed football official and President of the DuPage Officials Association; was a coach and manager for youth baseball in Naperville, Illinois, and is a member of the St. Joseph High School Sports Hall of Fame located in Westchester, IL.
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