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

His practice focuses primarily on representing Fortune 100 and 500 companies, governmental entities and not-for-profit associations on critical issues pending before the legislative and executive branches of Illinois state government. He has been successful in both passing and defeating legislative and executive initiatives affecting healthcare, technology, criminal justice, and procurement. He also draws on his extensive litigation background to secure favorable outcomes on procurement, regulatory and administrative issues at the local, 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 on best practices and pending litigation. He began his legal career 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.

Speaking Engagements: 
  • Presenter, Fundamentals of Legal, Innovate Springfield (August 17, 2018).


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

State Bar Admissions


Federal Bar Admissions

  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois