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Cosmo Joseph Tedone

Criminal defense Attorney at Joliet, IL

5.0   13 reviews

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About Cosmo

Learn Cosmo’s areas of practice.

3
Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    75%
    Felonies, Misdemeanors, Drug Charges, Retail Theft, Robbery & Burglary, Sexual Offenses, Traffic Violations, Violent Crimes, White Collar Crimes, Domestic Violence, Weapons Charges, Expungement

    23 years

  2. DUI and DWI
    20%
    DUI, Multiple DUI

    23 years

  3. Personal injury
    5%

    23 years

Cosmo J. Tedone was born on December 13, 1966 in Manchester, Connecticut. Prior to forming the law firm, Tedone & Morton, P.C., he was the senior associate with Chuck Bretz and Associates, P.C. for eight years along with experience as an Assistant Will County Public Defender and private practice in the area of insurance defense and general civil litigation. He was involved with several appeals that resulted in three murder convictions being overturned in 2011.

With over 20 years of experience, Mr. Tedone's current practice emphasizes in criminal defense (DUI, Suspended Driver Licenses, Drugs, Domestic Battery, Homicide and Appeals), personal injury, and Secretary of State Hearings, representing a wide variety of clientele. He represents clients in litigation matters before Federal and State Courts, arbitration and administrative agencies. Cosmo has many years of experience as a litigator trying over fifty jury trials and hundreds of bench trials and motions.

Mr. Tedone graduated from the Rochester Institute of Technology (B.A. 1990) and Thomas Cooley School of Law (J.D. 1999-Cum Laude). He received several awards and accomplishments while in law school including a Certificate of Merit in Torts and Family Law, finalist in the school's moot court competition and member of law review.

He is admitted and qualified to practice in the States of Connecticut and Illinois and the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois Trial Bar. Mr. Tedone is a member of the Will County Bar Association, Illinois State Bar Association and former member of the Illinois Trial Lawyers.

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Licensed for 23 years
State IL
Status Active And Authorized To Practice Law
Acquired 1999
Updated 01/06/2023
State CT
Status Retired
Acquired 1999
Updated 11/28/2022

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Law Offices of Tedone and Morton, P.C.
58 North Chicago St.
Suite 606
Joliet, IL, 60432
Law Offices of Tedone and Morton, P.C.
15300 S. Route 59, Suite 104
Plainfield, IL, 60544
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Posted by Laurie | June 15, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great attorney, great man. Goes above and beyond, and truly cares.
I hired Cosmo to represent my son during a difficult time. Young kid, bad decisions. He took the time to explain everything that was going to happen in detail. His empathy was apparent. He genuinely cares about his clients. It was an long process (as the court system is) but he was there every step of the way. In the end he was able to do what he set out to and help secure my sons future. I will be forever grateful to this man and would not hesitate to recommend him to anyone needed. Exceptional attorney and person!
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Posted by Brad | April 3, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A great, caring attorney that works hard for his clients
I hired Mr Tedone to handle a simple traffic ticket for my 20 year old son. I simply looked up traffic attorneys in the Joliet area and picked his firm, well I am glad I did. it was a Friday night and he returned and email after I had just put in request to contact on the firms web site. I couldn't believe he was contacting me after hours and on the weekend. I knew I had made a good choice. He walked us through the process and what to expect and made sure that I as a father and my son as a nervous young man, knew he had our backs. The wait for our turn at the bench was over 3 hours and Mr Tedone and an associate were there in the court room with us the whole time. Not what I was expecting. Believe I have found an attorney that I will NOT hesitate to call upon again if ever needed.
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Posted by Nancy | October 22, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very grateful to a fine man
This month Mr Tedone took care of two separate cases involving my adult children and I have nothing but gratitude to him for his professionalism, empathy, and respect for us all. He gives undivided attention, returns calls personally as quickly as he can, and makes his services affordable and fair. I couldn't recommend him any higher
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Posted by Jesse | August 4, 2015
Most knowledgeable attorney in Will County!!!
Cosmo surpassed my expectations when he represented me. He is very knowledgeable of the law and cares a lot about his clients. I'm glad I was not just another case for him. He actually puts forward his best effort for his clients. I definitely will be recommending him to any friends or family members that need legal help.
Posted by Cheryl | February 11, 2015
Best Attorney in all of Will County
Cosmo makes every client feel important no matter how small or large the case. The time and effort he puts into his work is amazing. He is honest and keeps you comfortable through the entire process. I have the utmost respect for him and would never call another law firm.
Posted by Melinda | February 10, 2015
Exellent attorney...he truly cares.
I hired him for my African American son. I have no regrets. I will recommend him to all. If you are a parent, your children are your most prized possessions, he will consider them important to. He worked with me on an affordable payment plan. He kept us informed. He personally returned many of my calls.
Posted by Brian | February 3, 2015
One of the best Criminal Defense lawyers in Joliet
I have known Cosmo for over 15 years and his dedication and experience are unparalleled. He will go the extra mile for his clients and his results speak for themselves. If I ever need representation in a criminal matter, I would call Cosmo!
Posted by Catherine | February 3, 2015
For top-notch legal advice, look no further!
Cosmo and his firm are currently assisting my fiancé and I in the purchase of our first home. They have been with us every step of the way, offering us great advice. Since we are first time homebuyers, we have not been through the process of purchasing a home before, and are quite overwhelmed as a result. Cosmo and his team have helped to ease our concerns and helped explain real estate legalese in a way that we can understand. They've helped us tremendously, with contract issues as well as repair requests, and we are so grateful for their expertise during this hectic time in our lives. I would HIGHLY recommend Cosmo and his firm for any real estate needs you may have! They are EXCELLENT!
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Posted by Alonzo Ruiz | October 19, 2014
The best lawyer in Joliet
Cosmo Tedone is the best lawyer I ever had. And he will always will. He has the best heart and will do anything to help someone . You the best Cosmo tedone
Posted by Nicole | December 30, 2013
BEST EVER!
Cosmo Tedone is not only the best lawyer, but he is so honest and up front! He loves to argue his case, and make sure you get what is needed! when i did have to do my time, he would come and see me to make sure i was doing well! YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED! He is NOT a cop out king like bretz
Posted by ALONZO | April 7, 2013
ONE OF THE BEST LAWYERS I HAD
BESIDES CHUCK BRETZ COSMO TEDONE IS ONE OF THE BEST LAWYERS I HAD.SO I DO RECOMMEND COSMO 100% TO PEOPLE OUT THERE LOOKING FOR A LAWYER.
Posted by THOMAS | March 31, 2013
A + HANDS DOWN A LEGAL NINJA
This guy has a true passion for his work if i ever get in a bind again he is my go to guy . Very knowledgeable ! HE IS HANDS DOWN A LEGAL NINJA !!! I was in the hallways in a local court house and heard some prosecutors fearful of having to go to the court room and argue a case because cosmo would be litigating it .
Posted by Christian Ortiz | February 13, 2013
Great Attorney
Cosmo helped me in my case, great attorney.
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AVVO RATING 8.6 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • Tedone & Morton, P.C.
  • 2012 - Present
  • Senior Associate
  • Chuck Bretz & Associates, PC
  • 2004 - 2012

Education

  • Thomas M. Cooley Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1999
  • Rochester Institute of Technology
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1990

Legal Cases

  • People v. Marcus Gant
  • Not Guilty

Associations

  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • American Association of Premier DUI Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Will County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Elite Lawyer Award
  • Elite Lawyer
  • 2021
  • Elite Lawyer Award
  • Elite Lawyer
  • 2020
  • Top 10 Attorney
  • Best of the Best Attorneys
  • 2019
  • Litigator of The Year
  • American Institute of Trial Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Lawyers of Distinction
  • Lawyers of Distinction
  • 2019
  • Top 10 Attorneys
  • American Jurist Institute
  • 2018
  • 10 Best for Client Satisfaction
  • American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys
  • 2017
  • Top 100 Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • America's Top 100 Attorneys
  • 2017
  • Superior DUI Attorney
  • National Advocacy for DUI Defense
  • 2016
  • 10 Best for Client Satisfaction
  • American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys
  • 2016
  • 10 Best for Client Satisfaction
  • American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys
  • 2015
  • Superior DUI Attorney
  • National Advocacy for DUI Defense
  • 2015
  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2015
  • Superior DUI Attorney
  • National Advocacy for DUI Defense
  • 2014
  • Superior DUI Attorney
  • National Advocacy for DUI Defense
  • 2013
  • Superior DUI Attorney
  • National Advocacy for DUI Defense
  • 2012
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Attorney endorsements

Received (12)
Given (6)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 10
Relationship: Other
"Had the pleasure of knowing Cosmo since law school. Every client I have sent him has been very pleased with his dedication, expertise, and kindness. I highly recommend him!!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Cosmo 100%. He is a gifted, experienced and dedicated defense lawyer and his results speak for themselves."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Cosmo. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Personal injury Attorney | May 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Cosmo is a great criminal lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Serious about representing his clients."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Cosmo for several years now and I can say whole-heartedly that I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Mar 22
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Cosmo is decidated to his clients and to the practice of law. He is very thorough and a pleasure to work with. I have referred several clients to Cosmo on both civil and criminal matters and my clients were pleased with the referral."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have referred many cases to Cosmo Tedone in the area of criminal defense for cases involving felony and misdemeanors charges and have known him to be an excellent litigator. All my referrals have been very happy with the results."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 03
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work. I have worked with Cosmo Tedone on many matters a few years ago when we both worked for the Will County Public Defender. I found Cosmo to be a smart, talented and hard-working attorney. Cosmo mentored me and taught me a lot when I was starting out in the criminal defense arena. I strongly recommend Cosmo to anyone in need of quality representation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 11
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work. I worked with Mr. Tedone on a few matters in the beginning of my career, and came away impressed with his trial ability. Not only is he intelligent, but his case law knowledge is second to none. In addition he is very well respected by his peers in the legal community."
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Joliet Criminal defense Lawyer Cosmo Joseph Tedone
Cosmo Joseph Tedone
Criminal defense Attorney
Joliet, IL
Licensed for 23 years