AssociateAnthony G. Becknek joined Klein, Thorpe and Jenkins Ltd. in 2019 after significant roles in both City of Chicago government and as a Litigation Attorney at a Chicago-area law firm. Mr. Becknek has extensive experience handling a wide array of complex litigation matters and internal and external investigations for government entities and municipalities. Mr. Becknek concentrates his practice on representing municipal entities and their employees in litigation matters in federal and state courts regarding alleged police misconduct, as well as other constitutional and civil rights, torts, personal injury, class action, employment and other complex and municipal litigation. Anthony also represents municipalities in administrative litigation and counsels municipal entities on policing topics, including the training of police officers and administrative staff, as well as on labor and employment issues and administrative issues.
Prior to joining Klein, Thorpe and Jenkins, Ltd., Mr. Becknek served as the Supervising Investigator of the Special Investigations Unit of the Civilian Office of Police Accountability for the City of Chicago. Mr. Becknek performed and oversaw a wide array of investigations regarding complicated and multi-layered officer-involved deadly force incidents and shootings, as well as investigations of false arrest, excessive force, perjury, officer-involved traffic pursuit fatalities, and even allegations of corruption, coercion and allegations stemming from overturned criminal convictions. Mr. Becknek lead a team of attorney-investigators who conducted investigative interviews of accused and witness officers, complainants, witnesses, medical treating physicians, Chicago Police Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation subject-matter experts, Assistant State’s Attorneys, Judges and others. Mr. Becknek investigated, cooperated and conducted some investigations parallel to the FBI and US Attorneys from the United States Department of Justice Civil Rights Unit. Mr. Becknek also reported to, investigated and oversaw scene response regarding officer-involved shootings and fatal, police-involved traffic pursuits in Chicago. Mr. Becknek has extensive experience with voluminous pattern and practice investigations of policing entities, as well as the defense of Monell claims against municipalities. Mr. Becknek was an authorized Lead Homicide Investigator approved by the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board.
Mr. Becknek was also formerly a Litigation Attorney at the law firm of Hervas, Condon & Bersani, PC. While at the firm, Mr. Becknek defended and litigated hundreds of allegations against municipal entities and their employees including claims of wrongful death, officer-involved shooting deadly force, other excessive force claims, fatal and serious bodily harm involving officer-involved traffic pursuits, medical deliberate indifference, false arrest, illegal search and seizure, malicious prosecution and other allegations. Mr. Becknek also defended municipal entities in employment, torts, personal injury, class action and other complex litigation, as well as other constitutional litigation involving allegations of violations of the Equal Protection Clause, Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act, First Amendment, Fifth Amendment and other constitutional and civil rights allegations. Mr. Becknek also counseled municipal entities and specifically police departments, correctional institutions, police administration, police officers and correctional officials on issues related to police and correctional litigation and employment issues. Mr. Becknek has been involved in all stages of litigation, including multiple appeals to the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. Mr. Becknek has given presentations at the Illinois Local Government Lawyers Association Conference, Illinois Sheriff’s Association and Chief Jail Administrator Annual Conference, as well as multiple presentations to municipal entities regarding police litigation, civil rights and employment issues.
Mr. Becknek is licensed in the State of Illinois, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, the United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois, as well as the United States Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. Mr. Becknek has been a member of the American Bar Association, and is a current member of the Illinois State Bar Association and Chicago Bar Association. He was formerly the President of the Michigan State University College of Law Alumni Board of Directors, as well as the Co-Chair of the Chicago Bar Association Young Lawyer’s Division Civil Rights Committee. Mr. Becknek also serves on the Chicago Bar Association Judicial Evaluation Committee.
Mr. Becknek graduated from Michigan State University College of Law in 2011. While attending law school, Mr. Becknek served as a special extern for the United States Attorney’s Office in Detroit, as well as serving as a General Counsel Clerk for the Department of Justice, Interpol in Washington, D.C. while studying at Georgetown University Law Center for a semester. Mr. Becknek also participated in the prestigious Geoffrey Fieger Trial Practice Institute, earning a trial practice certificate, as well as being a member of the MSU Law Moot Court team, the President of the Spartan Law Student Society, Editor-In-Chief of the MSU Law newspaper Res Ipsa, and an editorial associate for the Journal of Medicine and Law. Mr. Becknek also has a Masters of Science Degree in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Law Enforcement Policy and Administration from the University of Cincinnati. Mr. Becknek graduated from DePaul University in 2007 and was a former student athlete who became a USA Track and Field Academic and Athletic All-American as well as Captain of both the DePaul University’s Track and Cross Country teams. Anthony lives in Chicago with his wife Sarah and son Beau, whom he loves teaching about the greatness of the one and only Chicago Bears.