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Richard Joseph Albanese

About me

My name is Richard Albanese and I am an attorney uniquely geographically located to provide exceptional representation to residents of Illinois and Wisconsin. I am fully licensed and actively practicing in both Illinois and Wisconsin. I routinely handle criminal misdemeanors, felonys, traffic, DUI and OWI cases in both states and advise clients on the possible interstate consequences.

I have twelve years experience as a criminal prosecutor serving in Cook County, one of the largest offices in the country. My exposure to massive caseloads has provided me with the tremendous opportunity to handle thousands of cases, motions and trials in all areas of criminal law and to also learn how the prosecutors think and approach cases, which sets me apart from many defense attorneys. I am very much at home in the courtroom and am well known for my courtroom "presence" and common sense arguments that judges and jurors respond favorably to.

I have also proudly served the in the United States Military and was a member of the NATO Operation Joint Endeavor to Bosnia. My philosophy and approach to handling all cases is to remain professional and courteous to the court and adversaries in handling all matters and to demonstrate a ready and strong willingness to fight for my clients at motion or trial if a favorable disposition cannot be reached. I believe in full explanations to clients regarding all possible decisions that need to be made as well as potential outcomes and consequences regarding every case I handle. Please dont hesitate to contact me for a free consulatation regarding your case or for a referral to one of my professional extensive contacts in other areas of the law.


Languages spoken: English, Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. Speeding Ticket: 50%
    18 years, 7.5 thousand cases
  2. DUI & DWI: 25%
    18 years, 7.5 thousand cases
  3. Criminal Defense: 25%
    18 years, 15 thousand cases



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Attorney endorsements

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  • Alexis Anton Johnson

    I have known Rick for many years and have seen first hand the oustanding trial lawyer he is. We have worked on many complex cases together as both trial partners and as adversaries. Rick is an extremely bright person and has the rare blend superior analytical and inter personal skills. He is known by his fellow attorneys as an tough, well prepared, highly skilled litigator. Rick handle's his client's matters with aggressive representation along with a thoughfulness of the individual's client's needs. This approach routinely translates into successful results for his clients.


    Alexis Johnson Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Matthew David Keenan

    Rick and I have worked together many times over the years. Rick was a prosecutor with the Cook County State's Attorney's office. He was a formidable opponent. As a prosecutor, Rick always conducted himself with the highest degree of integrity while acting as an aggressive advocate for the State. Now that he is in private practice, Rick has brought the same qualities to his representation of criminal defendants. I highly recommend this attorney.


    Matthew Keenan Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Richard Albanese Law Office

5 South County St.
First Floor
Waukegan, IL, 60085


WIGood Standing201003/27/2015
ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law199908/10/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
10 Best Illinois Criminal Law Attorneys for Client SatisfactionAmerican Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys2014
Top 100 Trial Layers Criminal DefenseNational Trial Lawyers2014
Top 10 Attorney AwardNational Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys2013
Legal Argumentation FinalistSouthern Illinois University1999
Peacekeeping Medal Operation Joint EndeavorNATO1998
Deans ListSouthern Illinois University School of Law1998
National Finalist and Outstanding AttorneyAmerican Mock Trial Association1995
State Champion - Extemporaneous SpeakingIowa State Forensics1993
Eagle ScoutBoy Scouts of America1990
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PresidentRichard Albanese Law Office2011 - Present
Assistant District AttorneyCook County States Attorney's Office1999 - 2011
Special OperationsUnited States Army (Active & Reserve)1992 - 2000
Association namePosition nameDuration
State Bar of WisconsinQualified Referral Attorney2013 - Present
Northwest Suburban Bar AssociationMock Trial Judge2013 - Present
Cook County Mandatory ArbitrationArbitrator2011 - Present
Northwest Suburban Bar AssociationIn Court Bar Attorney2011 - Present
Lake County Bar AssociationAttorney Referral Qualified Member2011 - Present
Cook County Bar AssociationIn Court Bar Attorney2011 - Present
Chicago Bar AssociationIn Court Bar Attorney2011 - Present
Member of Capital Litigation BarN/A2010 - Present
State Bar of WisconsinN/A2010 - Present
American Mock Trial AssociationJudge and Legal educator1996 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Southern Illinois University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1999
Loras CollegePolitical Science and International StudiesBA - Bachelor of Arts1995
Fenwick High SchoolCollege PreparatoryDiploma1991
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
High School Mock Trial CompetitionTrial Advocacy Judge2014
Trial Advocacy CompetitionTrial Advocacy2013
Lawyers In The ClassroomThe Illinois Court System2012
Misdemeanor Prosecutor TrainingCross Examination of Defense Witnesses2006
TST Training DesPlaines Police DepartmentPolice Courtroom Professionalism2005
Evanston Citizens Police AcademyA Prosecutor's role in the Criminal Justice System2005