Robin V. Waters

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Attorney Robin V Waters

Robin Waters graduated, summa cum laude, from Northern Illinois University in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science. While at Northern Illinois, Ms. Waters received a Federal Foreign Language and Area Studies Scholarship for the study of Indonesian language.  She also received the Dean’s Award, and NIU’s Outstanding Women Student Award, presented annually by NIU’s Presidential Commission on the Status of Women.

Ms. Waters then attended Loyola University Chicago School of Law, and received her Juris Doctor degree in 2014.  At Loyola, Ms. Waters worked at Loyola’s Life After Innocence Clinic, which provides pro bono legal representation to exonerees. She also participated in the London Comparative Advocacy Program, in London, England. Ms. Waters served as an Executive Board Member of Loyola’s National Lawyers Guild Chapter, and was a founding member of Loyola’s Environmental Law Society. She also received CALI awards in Criminal Procedure Adjudication, Professional Responsibility, and Trial Practice.

During law school, Ms. Waters served as a clerk at a civil rights law firm specializing in police misconduct, where she assisted in the representation of individuals in § 1983 civil rights litigation. She also served as an extern at the Federal Defender Program in the Northern District of Illinois, where she assisted in the representation of indigent defendants in federal criminal cases.

Ms. Waters joined Durkin & Roberts in October of 2014. At Durkin & Roberts, Ms. Waters represents individuals in government investigations and complex, high-profile criminal cases in both the state and federal courts, including the defense of individuals charged with white collar fraud offenses, public corruption, and drug/gun cases. Ms. Waters has also represented individuals on a pro bono basis in select state and federal criminal matters involving national security, surveillance, and related First and Fourth Amendment issues. In this capacity, Ms. Waters has litigated complex national security and surveillance issues, including under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (“FISA”) and the Classified Information Procedures Act (“CIPA”).

Ms. Waters has also represented individuals in select civil matters, including RICO and False Claims Act defense, international extradition, and denaturalization matters. Ms. Waters has also participated in the representation of a Guantanamo Bay detainee in habeas and Periodic Review Board proceedings.

Ms. Waters is admitted to practice in Illinois, and is a member of the Trial Bar of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.  She has also been admitted to the General Bars of the United States District Courts for the Southern District of Illinois, Northern District of Indiana, Southern District of Indiana, Northern District of Ohio, District of North Dakota, and the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.