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Mr. Shestokas earned his B.A. in Political Science from Bradley University in 1975 and his Juris Doctor from The John Marshall Law School, cum laude, in June of 1987. In 1986-87 he served on The John Marshall Law Review. He also studied law at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland.

Mr. Shestokas founded the Law Office of David Shestokas in November, 1987. After practicing in areas such as criminal defense, corporate law, real estate, and business financing, he later served as Assistant State’s Attorney for the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office in Chicago, IL, from 1994 to 1998, involved in over 5,000 criminal prosecutions. During that time he also worked on the Felony Review Unit, participating in police investigations and making charging decisions in over 400 felony matters. He is the senior and founding partner of the law firm of Shestokas, Raines & Malavia, with offices in Chicago, Joliet and Lemont, IL and Fort Myers, FL.

Mr. Shestokas has been admitted to practice law before the Illinois Supreme Court in 1987, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois in 1988, the Supreme Court of Florida in 2004, and the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida in 2006. Additionally, he has participated in numerous activities and associations; for instance, he has been a member of the Lemont Law Enforcement Association (1998-2004), Lemont Public Library Trustee (1995-2004), Lemont Township Board of School Trustees (1998-1999), the Chicago Bar Association (from 1999 to the present), the Baltic Bar Association (1991 to the present), and has been a contributor to RWSCC Insider from 2005 a publication for real estate professionals. Additionally, from 2004 to 2006 he did a column entitled "Ask an Attorney" for the Joliet Herald.

Mr. Shestokas was also the Republican nominee for the United States Congress (5th District) in 1990 and a Republican candidate for the U.S. Congress (13th District) from 1997-1998. He has studied Spanish in both Cuba (2005) and Costa Rica (2006).

Additionally, he is currently writing for the online magazine Suite 101.  His articles can be found at 


Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 50%
    29 years
  2. Speeding Ticket: 25%
  3. DUI & DWI: 25%
    29 years



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Contact info

David J. Shestokas, Attorney at Law

12244 Treeline Ave., #6
Fort Myers, FL, 33913


FLMember in Good Standing200406/21/2016
ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law198705/17/2016

Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority.

  1. Public Reprimand
    issued in FL, 2015


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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
John Marshall Law Review, Order of John MarshallJohn Marshall Law School1987
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Assistant State's AttorneyCook County State's Attorney's Office1994 - 1998
Association namePosition nameDuration
Lemont Law Enforcement AssociationFormer President2000 - 2002
Lemont Public Library BoardPresident1992 - 1998
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
People v. KirvelaitisArrest of Defendant Quashed on Appeal
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Publication nameTitleDate
Get Your Illinois Suspended Driver's License BackLaw of IL Suspended Driver's Licenses2008
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
John Marshall Law School, ChicagoLawJD - Juris Doctor1987
Bradley UniversityPolitical ScienceBS - Bachelor of Science1975
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
2011 RallyPrice of Liberty is Eternal Vigilance2011
Judicial ForumJudicial Qualifications2010