Jon F. Erickson has been a successful lead trial attorney in some of Chicago’s most challenging courtrooms for the past 24 years. As an author, litigator and advisor, Jon F. Erickson has developed an expertise in criminal defense and civil rights law and is considered a leader in DUI defense.
Jon F. Erickson has handled over 127 federal civil rights cases, 42 USC Sec. 1983, in the in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and has secured millions of dollars in damage awards for his civil rights clients.
Jon F. Erickson has obtained not-guilty verdicts in hundreds of criminal criminal cases -- many high profile cases. In November of 2010, Erickson & Oppenheimer, Ltd. obtained a Not Guilty on 1st Degree Murder for U.S.A. National Boxing Champion, Semajay Thomas and has since won a Not Guilty Jury Verdicts in an “unheard-of” 3 consecutive 1st Degree Murder trials.
Jon F. Erickson has represented thousands of criminal defendants and has served as lead trial cousnel in thousands of bench and jury trials. Jon F. Erickson has obtained not-guilty verdicts in hundreds of criminal criminal cases -- many high profile cases. In November of 2010, Erickson & Oppenheimer, Ltd. obtained a Not Guilty on 1st Degree Murder for U.S.A. National Boxing Champion, Semajay Thomas and has since won a Not Guilty Jury Verdicts in an “unheard-of” 3 consecutive 1st Degree Murder trials.
Erickson honed his DUI trial skills as a lawyer with the Cook County Public Defender's Office where from 1991 to 1993 he handled thousands of DUI cases. Since then, he has successfully defended hundreds of people accused of DUI, including the high-profile federal Section 1983 civil suit for false DUI arrest against Chicago DUI cop Richard Fiorito. Erickson's work resulted the removal of the officer from the street, the mass dismissal of over 134 DUI cases in 2009, and a settlement of $450,000.
In a federal drug conspiracy trial in Western Michigan, Erickson represented a man who a United States Federal District Judge Gordon J. Quist called “… probably the biggest drug dealer in the United States of America.”
Erickson served as a legislative aide to Illinois State Representative Larry McKeon, specializing in criminal and civil rights legislation and in 2003, served on Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s Transition Team and advised General Madigan on civil rights and domestic violence issues. He has guest-lectured on Illinois’ Hate Crime laws at the annual Illinois Victim’s Assistance Academy.
Erickson served on an advisory committee on civil rights issues to then Congressman Rahm Emanuel and from 2009 to the present, has served Congressman Mike Quigley in the same capacity.
Erickson is currently working with state legislators to eliminate the iniequities in Illiniois's TASC and Drug Probation statutes.
Languages Spoken: Spanish, English
Licensed since 1990
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Jon Erickson is one of the finest DUI defense lawyers in Chicago. He practiced in front of me for over five years when I was a judge, and for many years before that as a fellow defense lawyer. He was always a well-prepared, zealous advocate. He has handled several high-profile cases, including a murder case where the defendant ran over a cabdriver with his own cab. Those accused of crimes, including but not limited to DUI, would be well advised to retain Jon.
James Shapiro DUI & DWI Attorney
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
I have known Jon Forrest Erickson for more than four years. Jon studies the issues his clients face in court, prepares an aggressive defense, and produces successful results for his clients. I highly recommend Jon to anyone needing assistance with a DUI. Bradley D. Birge', Esq.
Bradley Birge DUI & DWI Attorney
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
|IL||Active And Authorized To Practice Law||1990||05/14/2015|
|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Top 100 Trial Lawyers||National Trial Lawyers Association||2015|
|Top 100 Criminal Defense Lawyers in Illinois||American Society of Legal Advocates||2014|
|Top 100 Trial Lawyers||National Trial Lawyers||2014|
|Top 100 DUI Attorneys in Chicagoland Area||The National Advocacy for DUI Defense||2014|
|Best Brief Award||National Moot Court Competition||1988|
|Advisory Board Member Civil Rights Issues||Congressman Mike Quigley||2009 - 2014|
|Managing Partner||Civil Rights Center||2008 - 2010|
|Managing Partner||Erickson & Oppenheimer, Ltd.||2003 - Present|
|Founding Partner||Law Offices of Jon F. Erickson||2000 - 2003|
|Legislative Aid||Illinois State Representative Larry McKeon||1997 - 2000|
|Assistant Public Defender||Public Defender Of Cook County, Il.||1990 - 2001|
|Law Clerk||Attorney General Of Illinois||1989 - 1989|
|Law Clerk||Mass, Miller & Josephson||1988 - 1998|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|Illinois Association of Criminal Defense||Attorney Member||2014 - Present|
|Illinois Trial Lawyers Association||Attorney Member||2014 - Present|
|American Society of Legal Advocates||Association Member||2014 - Present|
|Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of Chicago||Attorney Member||2010 - Present|
|Chicago Council of Lawyers||Attorney Member||2010 - 2013|
|Federal Trial Bar||Member||2006 - Present|
|National Police Accountability Project||Member||2006 - Present|
|Congressman Rahm Emanuel's Advisory Board||Board Member||2003 - 2009|
|Illinois State Bar Association||Member||2003 - Present|
|Cook County State's Attorney's Domestic Violence Advisory Board||Board Member||1995 - 1996|
|Cook County Bar Association||Attorney Member||1991 - Present|
|Chicago Bar Association||Attorney Member||1990 - Present|
|People v. Semajay Thomas||Finding Not Guilty|
|Dean v. City of Chicago and Officer Fiorito||$450,000 to 2 drivers falsely charged with DUIs|
|Markee Cooper v. City of Chicago||Jury Verdict for Plaintiff; $550,000.00|
|Grab Magazine||Street Search||2014|
|Illinois Compiled Statutes||Illinois Immediate Protection Act||1997|
|John Marshall Law School, Chicago||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1990|
|Trinity College, Dublin||International Human Rights||Certificate of Completion||1988|
|Northern Illinois University||Political Science||BS - Bachelor of Science||1985|
|Professor Rogelio Laso Torts||Legal Career Strategies||2011|
|Illinois Victim's Assistance Academy||Hate Crime||2002|