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David John Shestokas

Criminal defense Attorney at Fort Myers, FL

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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  

Licensed for 35 years
State FL
Status Member in Good Standing
Acquired 2004
Updated 11/23/2022
State IL
Status Active And Authorized To Practice Law
Acquired 1987
Updated 01/06/2023

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David J. Shestokas, Attorney at Law
12244 Treeline Ave., #6
Fort Myers, FL, 33913


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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
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AVVO RATING 6.6 (Good)

Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2015.

Public Reprimand issued in FL, 2015
updated on 08/25/2015

Public reprimand means the attorney did something wrong but may still practice law. The Bar warns the lawyer in hopes that he or she will not repeat the behavior. Details of the infraction are made part of the public record.

Work Experience

  • Assistant State's Attorney
  • Cook County State's Attorney's Office
  • 1994 - 1998


  • John Marshall Law School, Chicago
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1987
  • Bradley University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1975

Legal Cases

  • People v. Kirvelaitis
  • Arrest of Defendant Quashed on Appeal


  • Lemont Law Enforcement Association
  • Former President
  • 2000 - 2002
  • Lemont Public Library Board
  • President
  • 1992 - 1998

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • John Marshall Law Review, Order of John Marshall
  • John Marshall Law School
  • 1987


Speaking Engagements

Attorney endorsements

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Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 13
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Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. David is an experienced and knowledgeable attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Shestokas knows the Constitution and is willing to stand up for it."
Criminal defense

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Fort Myers Criminal defense Lawyer David John Shestokas
David John Shestokas
Criminal defense Attorney
Fort Myers, FL
Licensed for 35 years
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