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Donald John Ramsell

About me

Called a Top DUI Attorney by the Tribune and Sun-Times, my DUI Defense firm has handled over 13,000 Illinois DUI cases since 1986. We defend clients in DuPage and Kane Counties. I am a published author and speaker on DUI Defense. I have argued before the Supreme Court of the United States. I am active in bar associations, and continuously receive the most updated legal DUI information on Illinois DUI defense. Please call me at 630-665-8780.


My personal interests include Corvettes, Golf and the Chicago Cubs.


Languages spoken: Polish

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Practice areas


  1. DUI & DWI: 60%
    32 years, 15 thousand cases
  2. Criminal Defense: 10%
    32 years, 3 thousand cases
  3. Speeding Ticket: 10%
    32 years, 1 thousand cases
  4. Juvenile: 10%
    32 years, 500 cases
  5. Other: 10%
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Fixed (always), Free consultation (15 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • William C. Head

    Don is one of the country's most capable DUI lawyers. His creative innovations and hard-fought litigation inroads have paved the way for many less knowledgeable, younger attorneys. He has boundless energy and imagination and can analyze a case as well as any attorney in America. He has gone all the way to the United States Supreme Court fighting for his clients' rights. When an attorney or a judge has a friend or family member with a legal problem in Illinois, Don Ramsell is their first call. William C. Head Atlanta, GA


    William Head DUI and DWI Attorney
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  • Lawrence Eric Taylor

    Don Ramsell is one of the preeminent practitoners in the field today. His expertise in drunk driving law and science is widely know in the legal profession, as are his impressive skills in the courtroom. I consider him to be one of the most skilled and knowledgeable DUI attorneys in the country, and endorse him without reservation.


    Lawrence Taylor DUI and DWI Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Ramsell & Associates

1717 N. Naper Blvd
Suite 200
Naperville, IL, 60563

Ramsell & Associates, LLC

12 S. Riverside Ave
Suite 2-I
St Charles, IL, 60174

Ramsell & Associates

Attn: Larry Dohman
1813 B Hicks Road
Rolling Meadows, IL, 60008



WIGood Standing198903/19/2015
ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law198405/11/2016
HILimited license to appear with local counselUnknown06/04/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Illinois Super LawyerThomson Reuters2016
Illinois Super Lawyer - DUIThomson Reuters2015
Illinois Super Lawyer - DUIIllinois Super Lawyers2014
Illinois Super Lawyer - DUIIllinois Super Lawyers2013
AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review RatingMartindale Hubbell2012
Illinois Super Lawyer - DUIIllinois Super Lawyers2012
Illinois Super Lawyer - DUIIllinois Super Lawyers2011
Dean's AwardNational College For DUI Defense2010
Illinois Super Lawyer - DUIIllinois Super Lawyers2010
Gas Chromatography TestingAxion Analytical Laboratories2009
Illinois Super Lawyers - DUIIllinois Super Lawyers2009
Board Certification in DUI DefenseNational College for DUI Defense2005
Certified Instructor Field Sobriety TestingLaPier and Associates2001
Outstanding AuthorDuPage County Bar Association1989
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerRamsell & Associates, LLC1986 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
National College of DUI DefenseFaculty2013 - Present
Illinois Association of Criminal DefenseBoard of Directors2012 - Present
American Chemical SocietyMember2011 - Present
American Academy of Forensic SciencesJurisprudence Section2011 - Present
National College of DUI DefenseRegent2010 - Present
Kane County Bar AssociationMember1986 - Present
Illinois State Bar AssociationMember1986 - Present
National College of DUI DefenseState Delegate2006 - 2010
DuPage County Bar AssociationPresident2002 - 2003
DuPage County Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationPresident2000 - 2001
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Illinois v. LidsterRoadblock Sustained
People v. One GMC, et. al.DUI Vehicle Forfeiture Law Unconstitutional
People v McKownHGN Test Requires Scientific Hearing
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Publication nameTitleDate
Thomson ReutersIllinois DUI Law and Practice Guidebook2014
Thomson ReutersIllinois DUI Law & Practice Guidebook2012
Intoxication Test Evidence (West)Nystagmus Testing for Alcohol and Drugs2011
ISBA Traffic Law NewsletterDefending Refusals in DUI Jury Trials2011
Thomson West publicationIllinois DUI Law & Practice Guidebook2010
Thomson West publicationUnderstanding DUI Scientific Evidence2009
Dupage County Bar BriefsRecent Developments in Illinois DUI Law1999
DWI Law & Science JournalCross-Examination of the Breath Alcohol Test Operator: Impeaching Testimony of the Observation-Period Requirement1988
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
DePaul University College of LawN/AJD - Juris Doctor1984
Loyola University ChicagoCriminal JusticeOther - Bachelors1981
Fenton High SchoolN/AN/A1976
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Mastering Scientific EvidenceMock DUI Trial Defense Lawyer2014
Mastering Scientific EvidenceCross-Examining Blood Experts2013
Illinois State Bar Association, Traffic Laws and Courts SectionDefending Refusals in DUI Cases2012
NCDD Winter MeetingDUI Case Highlights2011
Illinois Traffic Law SeminarIssues in Illinois Drugged Driving2011
Illinois Traffic Court ConferenceDrugged Driving Issues in Illinois2011
DUI Traffic law SeminarBeat Field Sobriety Test in Illinois2011
Advanced OVI SeminarTrying a Breath Test Case on a Shoe String Budget2011
Representing a DWI Defendant in New York from Arraignment to DispositionDWI Test Defenses for Field Sobriety2010
Illinois Traffic Court ConferenceBreath Testing Issues in Illinois - Science and Law2010
Illinois DUI and Traffic Law SeminarIssues in Illinois DUI Drug Cases2010
Defending DUI CasesMock DUI Jury Trial2010
Arkansas DUI Defense SeminarClosing Arguments in DUI Cases2010
National DUI SeminarInterlock Ignition Devices2009
National DUI SeminarSixth Amendment DUI Evidence2009
Cook County Public Defenders ConferenceAttacking the Breathalyzer2009
Texas Criminal Defense LawyersMock DWI Trial Defense2008
Illinois DUI and Traffic SeminarIllinois MDDP Law2008
Michigan DUI SeminarDUI Jury Trial Techniques2007
IICLE DUI SeminarIllinois Field Sobriety Tests2007
ISBA Traffic Law SeminarIllinois DUI Defense2006
DUI DefenseIllinois DUI Defense2003