Prior to joining Werman Salas, Joe was an Assistant State’s Attorney in both Cook and Lake County, Illinois. As an ASA, Joe prosecuted traffic, misdemeanor, and felony juvenile cases. He was responsible for dozens of matters at all times, handling cases from arraignment to disposition. Joe gained a reputation as a fearless litigator as the lead prosecutor on dozens of trials, both bench and jury.
Joe graduated from the University of Illinois College of Law (Champaign/Urbana) in 2020, where he represented victims of abuse and neglect in the law school’s Family Advocacy Clinic. Joe also worked at the Technical Review Unit in the Illinois General Assembly and the Drug Enforcement Administration while in law school. In college, Joe graduated cum laude with a degree in political science from American University, where he was a two-year starter on the wrestling team.