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Alexander M. Ivakhnenko

Alexander M. Ivakhnenko

Practice areas:

Immigration, Criminal Defense

About Me

Justice will only exist where those not affected by injustice are filled with the same amount of indignation as those offended. Plato



This  principle defines the foundation of this law office practice in the areas of criminal law and U.S. Immigration practice. Our office builds a relationship with a client to address exact legal issues and explore legally appropriate methods for a reasonably justful result for the client.


Our practice initiates an accurate legal assessment using developed legal expertise and analyzing relevant facts to develop case objectives under present factual circumstances.


Ernest Hemingway noted " Now is not time to think of what you do not have. Think of what you can do with what there is." Our law office embraces this maxim to consider and use all available legal means at our disposal.  We advocate a socially responsible and just approach to handle any legal matter because we strive to create a fair resolution that continues to maintain the firm’s good reputation.


We can communicate in English.Russian and Ukrainian. Our office  offers professional certified translations of any documents in the above languages. Additionally, our firm prepares international Apostilles recognized internationally by countries  signatories of the Hague Convention of 5 October 1961. 

We look forward to assisting your legal needs.




Attorney Alexander Ivakhnenko



Languages Spoken: Ukrainian, Russian, English

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 2006

  1. Immigration: 55%
    10 years
  2. Criminal Defense: 45%
    10 years



Fixed (Sometimes), Retainer (Always)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check

Attorney Endorsements

216 total 

  • Dmitry Gorin

    I endorse Alexander Ivakhnenko. He is a hard working, intelligent, and skilled attorney who fights hard to obtain the best possible outcome for his clients. A dedicated professional who is respected within the legal community. He consistently donates his time posting outstanding legal answers in the Avvo community for individuals seeking advice.


    Dmitry Gorin Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Adam A Studnicki

    Alexander is a valuable asset to this community. His continuing dedication to the law and his clients is admirable.


    Adam Studnicki Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

by appointment only

2041 West Division Street
Suite 100
Chicago, IL, 60622



ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law200608/17/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers


Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Alumni Sharing KnowledgeDePaul University2015
Top Contributor AwardAvvo2015
Top Contibutor Award 2013Avvo2013
Clients' Choice Award for 2013Avvo2013

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
Principal AttorneyLaw Offices of Alexander Ivakhnenko2007 - Present
Discovery Legal AssistantGenson & Gillespie2006 - 2007


Association NamePosition NameDuration
DePaul Chicagoland Chapter Committeemember2015 - Present
DePaul Alumni UniversityVolunteer Attorney2014 - Present
National Cultural Heritage Law Moot Court Competitionpresiding judge2014 - Present
Illinois Judicial Performance Evaluationreviewing attorney2013 - Present
DePaul College of Law Alumni RelationsGuest Speaker2013 - Present
BMO Harris BankBMO Harris Customer Insights Council2012 - Present
National Geographic SocietySupporting Member2007 - Present
CBA Criminal Law Committeeattending member2007 - Present
US Federal Appellate Court 7th CircuitAdmitted2007 - Present
US Supreme CourtAdmitted2007 - Present
US Federal Trial CourtAttorney2007 - Present
CBA Immigration Law Committeeattending member2007 - Present
Chicago Bar AssociationN/A2001 - Present

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
Barbara Gruttier, Petitioner v. Lee Bollingerthe affirmative action admissions policy upheld
US Immigration Court Removal proceedingsSuccessfully gained refugee status after the federal court hearing
In the Matter of S. FThe client received Lawful Permanent Card

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School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
CLE courselawcontinuing legal education2014
DePaul University College of LawLawJD2005
Loyola University Chicago School of LawLawU.S. Refugee law. Rome, Italy2004
Touro College - Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law CenterLawComparative, international law. Moscow, Russia2002
University of LinguisticsLanguagesMA in Linguistics1989

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
National Heritage Moot court judgingDePaul University Moot Cout judge2014
Judicial Evaluations CommitteeAppointed CBA Member2014
Specifics of immigration practiceMentoring DePaul attorneys2013
DePaul Moot Court Competitionselected presiding judge2013
The Second Russian American Child Welfare ForumAdministrative Participant2012
International Judicial ExchangeOpen World Program2012
Expert witness testimony on the federal discovery compiledExpert witness2012
International Judicial ExchangeOpen World Program2011
DePaul Moot Court Competitionpresiding chief judge2011
Professional visitinternational law update2010
Open World ProgramLiaison attorney and communcator2010
Criminal Justice fall classJuvenile criminal aspects2010
Criminal Justice and its practical applicationsa lecture on practical points of criminal justice principles2010
ChicataLegal Responsibilities and Professional Negotiation for Translators and interpreters2010
Boston Open WorldOpen World Judicial Program liaison2010
MLER tutor at Northwestern Universityessay writing tutoring for the Illinois bar exam preparation2009
Jessup International Moot Court judgingInternational semi final rounds2009