Declan Binninger is a Springfield-based Associate in the Government and Regulatory Law and Litigation Practice Groups.

During his time at Freeborn, Declan has successfully represented vendors in procurement litigation, obtained favorable results for clients seeking to procure and retain public contracts and has secured positive results for clients facing administrative penalties at the State and Federal levels.

Before joining Freeborn, Declan was an associate at a regional defense litigation firm where his practice focused on tort litigation and professional liability. He also has experience defending federal tort and property claims filed against the United States government and has advised hospital risk management teams.

Declan also previously served as an Assistant State’s Attorney in the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office where he prosecuted hundreds of bench and jury trials and conducted dozens of long-term investigations. As a prosecutor in the Special Prosecutions Bureau, Declan handled complex fraud and theft cases from investigation to disposition.

In addition, Declan served as a Captain in the United States Army JAG Corps on active duty and continues his service as a member of the United States Army Reserve. For his service as a military lawyer, he has been awarded the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal (2nd Award) and was recognized by his peers as “Best Advocate” at national training events.


J.D., Loyola University Chicago School of Law
B.A., George Washington University

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