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Frank Cece Jr.

Criminal defense Attorney at Palos Heights, IL

5.0   4 reviews

also known as CECE LAW

  • Licensed for 32 years
    State IL
    Acquired 1991
    Active and Authorized to Practice Law No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Frank

Learn Frank’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense

    33 years, 1,000 cases

  2. Divorce and separation

    13 years, 20 cases

  3. Personal injury

    22 years, 30 cases


FRANK CECE has nearly 30 years of trial experience handling criminal cases.

From 1992 thru 2002, As an Assistant States Attorney for the Cook County State's Attorney's Office, FRANK CECE received the very best training and real world courtroom experience.  FRANK CECE has tried dozens of felony juries and several hundred bench trials. FRANK CECE drafted appellate briefs and argued before the Illinois Appellate Court, First District.  FRANK CECE rose in the ranks to become First Chair in the Felony Trial Division at 26th and California, where he supervised other Assistants and was responsible for running a felony courtroom with a large docket of serious felony cases, including dozens of murders.

In 2002, FRANK CECE left the prosecutor's office and founded CECE LAW, a private defense practice, specializing in serious felonies such as drugs, aggravated battery, guns, armed habitual offender,  armed robbery, reckless homicide and murder cases, including a death penalty cases (capital murder).

At CECE LAW, it is our firm belief that everyone is entitled to the very best defense and we aggressively defend our client's rights.

I have the knowledge, experience,  skills and drive to get great results for my clients. After all, when your liberty is on the line, do you want someone who dabbles in criminal defense or someone who has vast experience and has been in the trenches fighting for the right of my clients for nearly three  decades. The court room is my domain and I take my responsibility seriously.


I also have the honor of representing those who have been seriously injured; whose lives were turned upside down from auto, truck and motorycle accidents. This also includes clients who have had slip and falls; dog bites; nursing home abuse or neglect; and wrongful death cases.


I also represent clients in dissolution (divorce); child support, parenting time, and visitation matters.

Call me for your free initial consultation today. 

Frank Cece, Jr.

President and Founder CECE LAW




Frank Cece
7808 W. College Drive
Suite 4SE
Palos Heights, IL, 60463

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Posted by Jamie | October 8, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best decision I made
Frank Cece was incredibly knowledgeable and provided an excellent defense for my unusual and somewhat complicated case. He traveled almost two hours outside of the City to defend me after hearing the details of my case. Often times (perhaps because he was a visiting attorney in my relatively small community), he was not provided the requested or required information from the prosecuting attorneys in advance of a court date making it necessary for him to act quick and sometimes only have a short time after arriving for court to prepare, yet he was brilliant and always provided an excellent defense. He truly cares about his clients and although I hope to never need an attorney again, I would not hesitate to utilize his services or recommend him to anyone.
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Posted by Eligio | December 11, 2012
My experience with Frank Cece Jr. was worth the wait.
This case was a process. The Justice system did not make it for easy for Frank or I. We started with the preliminary hearing. In this hearing during the cross examination he caught the officers in lies. It was obvious that the officer didn't remember his lies; unfortunately, this case was continued and sent to 26th and California to be heard with Judge Margaret Brosnahan. Next, Frank filed a motion for dismissal. Once again in this hearing the officer was caught in lies and couldn't recall his actions. With the officers testimony not making any sense; the motion was still denied. During the preliminary and the motion hearings I did not get to speak. I had to sit patiently and listen to a story that never occurred. At this point, we realize we did not have a chance with a bench trial so we decided to go with a jury trial. This case was continusely continued over a period of two years. At times I would tell Frank if he could speed it up the case. He stressed to me that this was a process and to let him do the worring. He assurred me that I would have my day in court to speak. When that day came I spoke and it was real testimony. I was loud during the testimony due to me patiently waiting for two years. The state tried to use that against me. Frank stressed to the jury that they witnessed a real testimony; fortunately, the jury felt my pain and suffering. After three hours of deliberation the verdict came in not guilty. Frank Cece Jr. was worth the wait and I would recommend him to others.
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Posted by Sean | December 10, 2012
The Singleton / Sargent Family Review
I first met Mr. Ce Ce Through my wife. I was going through a difficult Child custody battle with my ex wife And my current wife new a criminal lawyer named Frank Ce Ce so She decided to give Mr Ce Ce a call to see if he knew any good family practice lawyers and he told her that he had just started on family practice law and with out no hesitation my wife retain him she told me that she had already knew him and his work and he was very good at what he do and we set out for a year and a half work on my case and we won or should I say he was the case for me. I would like to say thank you too Mr Frank Ce Ce For a job well done I could never got a better lawyer he is and will always be the best in my book And again thank you Frank for everything you've done for me my son and my wife.
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Posted by Ron | December 7, 2012
Very Satisfied Client
I felt like I was fighting a losing battle when someone told me about Mr. Cece. During our consultation it was easy to see that he would be the perfect attorney to handle my case. His explanation of the law regarding my case and the excitement he displayed assured me that I could trust him and no longer worry. Everything went as planned and explained and the case was over. Mr. Cece delivered as promised!!!!!
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  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 8.8 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Assistant States Attorney
  • Cook County State's Attorney's Office, Chicago, Il
  • 1992 - 2002


  • John Marshall Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1991
  • Loyola University Chicago
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1987

Sample of Legal Cases

  • People of the State of Illinois v. M.C.
  • Not Guilty
  • People of the State of Illinois v. E.T. and I.C.
  • Verdict: Not Guilty


  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 1992 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • 2021 Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2021
  • 2020 Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2020
  • 2019 Illinois Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2019

Attorney endorsements

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Unknown Attorney | Dec 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Outstanding defense attorney. Highly respected in the legal community. Sterling reputation. I endorse Frank Cece."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Frank Cece Jr. is a fabulous attorney that I have had the pleasure of knowing and working with for over 20 years! Frank is an amazing litigator who has the intellect to think quickly on his feet to make impromptu arguments and object to inappropriate testimony! Additionally, Frank is a fantastic attorney who can assist clients with personal injury cases!"
Unknown Attorney | Dec 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I sincerely endorse Mr. Cece Jr. He is an extremely knowledgeable attorney who is an active member in the avvo community. I enjoy reading his input on various issues and highly recommend him."
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