Tim Jon Semmerling, PhD, JD

The Mercury Endeavor, LLC

711 W. Grand Avenue, Suite 303
Chicago, Illinois 60654

Office: 312-929-3859; Cell: 817-707-8071 | Fax: 312-929-3136


Areas of Practice:

Capital and Non-Capital Cases; Sex Offender Cases; Foreign Nationals


State and Federal Courts; Military

Years in Practice:

Two (5 Capital Cases; 1 Habeas Case; 2 Non-Capital Cases)


Licensed Attorney; Specializes in Middle Eastern and Muslim Clients; Research and Spoken French, Arabic, and Hebrew; Experienced Conference Speaker


Tim Jon Semmerling holds a Ph.D. in Near Eastern Languages and Cultures from Indiana University and a J.D. with certificate in criminal law from DePaul University's College of Law.  He has trained at the Clarence Darrow Death Penalty College (Chicago, Illinois), the Trial Lawyer's College Death Penalty Seminar (DuBois, Wyoming), and the National Psychodrama Training Center (Rapid City, South Dakota).  He holds Bar membership in the state of Illinois.  Dr. Semmerling is senior member in his partnered-firm, The Mercury Endeavor, LLC, which develops mitigation strategies for defendants in state, federal, and military jurisdictions.  In May 2010, the U.S. Army appointed Dr. Semmerling as lead mitigation specialist for a case in Fort Hood, Texas.  His books are Israeli and Palestinian Postcards: Presentations of National Self (University of Texas Press, 2004) and "Evil" Arabs in American Popular Film: Orientalist Fear (University of Texas Press, 2006), which the Arab American National Museum has awarded "Honorable Mention, 2006 Book Award in Adult Non-Fiction" and the American Library Association and Choice Magazine have awarded "Outstanding Academic Title, 2007."  His articles are "Those 'Evil' Muslims! Orientalist Fears in Narratives of the War on Terror" (The Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs, Vol. 28, No. 2, 2008) and "The John Marshall Clemens Law Ledger: A Legal Vestige of the American Frontier" (Western Legal History: The Journal of the Ninth Judicial Circuit Historical Society, Vol. 21, No. 1, 2008).  He has co-authored a manuscript, titled An Overview of Post-Conflict Justice, for the International Human Rights Law Institute at DePaul University and for the Iraq History Project.  Dr. Semmerling has served as Jeanne M. and Joseph P. Sullivan Human Rights Fellow, working with the Iraq History Project; Research Fellow at The Council of American-Islamic Relations, researching the arrests of Muslims after 9/11; Senior Research Fellow for the International Human Rights Law Institute, providing sentencing research in an enemy-combatant case in the 7th Circuit;  Faculty Member for the National Legal Aid and Defender Association (NLADA) and the National Alliance of Sentencing Advocates and Mitigation Specialists (NASAMS), the Clarence Darrow Death Penalty Defense College, and the Oklahoma Indigent Defense System, advocating mitigation and cultural considerations for Muslim and Arab American defendants; and Guest Speaker at the University of London's Framing Muslims Project and Southern Methodist University's Scott-Hawkins Lecture Series, speakinig about the War on Terror, law, and popular culture.  Moreover, Dr. Semmerling contributes research to the Capital Jury Project, an academic study of jury behavior in death penalty cases through the Center for Justice in Capital Cases (Chicago, Illinois), and serves on the executive committee of NASAMS.

Visit Dr. Semmerling's website here.

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