Michael G. Nerheim

Lake County State’s Attorney Michael G. Nerheim has extensive experience working in all criminal divisions of the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office. As a former assistant state’s attorney and now as the Lake County State’s Attorney, his experience includes areas of complex civil litigation, criminal defense and municipal law. Michael G. Nerheim demonstrates strong leadership and business experience, and is largely involved in the Lake County community.


Michael Nerheim is a dedicated public servant, family man and active member of the community. He is recognized for vigorously prosecuting violators of the law and respecting the rights of victims and the accused while ensuring justice for all.


As State’s Attorney, he oversees an office of 140 attorneys, investigators, victim coordinators, paralegals, and support staff, plus two certified comfort dogs and a corps of volunteers.


Upon assuming office in December 2012 State’s Attorney Nerheim worked to make the office more efficient, effective, and transparent. He is focused on preventing wrongful convictions, working with law enforcement to address the huge surge in gangs and gang violence in our community, and restoring the public’s trust in the office. He developed a countywide opioid prevention strategy and co-founded the Lake County Opioid Initiative.