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Richard J. Dvorak

Criminal defense Attorney at Willowbrook, IL

4.6   9 reviews
  • Licensed for 24 years
    State IL
    Acquired 1999
    Active and Authorized to Practice Law No misconduct found

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About Richard

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At my firm, Dvorak Law Offices, LLC, we are dedicated to helping clients, from the moment of arrest, throughout trial, and even on appeal.  Additionally, we have an extensive practice in civil rights litigation, including police brutality, false arrest, and malicious prosecution.  We also handle employment discrimination cases.  We have multiple attorneys in the office who are fluent in Spanish.  We have two offices, one in DuPage County, and one in downtown Chicago, accross from the Dirksen Federal Buillding.  If you are looking for attorneys who are extremely dedicated to protecting your civil rights, please call us or visit our website. 

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6262 Kingery Highway
Suite 305
Willowbrook, IL, 60527

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Posted by Steven | May 13, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Family of Vanessa V. Taylor
Our family was introduced to Richard Dvorak after we were unable to find a lawyer willing to take our case. Richard took the time to meet with most of the family members to formally introduce himself, gain a better understanding of the unfortunate situation and to answer all our questions. After that initial meeting, we were confident that Richard would be the right person to seek justice for our family. Throughout our case, Richard was transparent and honest, kept us updated, and made sure that we had a clear understanding of all the various aspects and procedures related to our case. He made sure that we were well-informed and knowledgeable about each step in the legal process, providing us with clear explanations and guidance along the way. Richard’s commitment to keeping us informed and involved throughout the case was evident, and his efforts to ensure our understanding of the complexities involved were greatly appreciated. When deciding on whether you should pursue Richard Dvorak for your case, after 8 years of working with him, we share the following about Richard: -A trustworthy and skilled lawyer -Valuable asset to have on your side during any legal process -Genuinely cares about his clients -Knows how to navigate the appeals process ultimately leading to a successful outcome -No question is a dumb question; encouraged all of us to ask questions whenever we didn’t understand something -Ask for us to share our thoughts, feelings, and viewpoints during the trial process -Experience in evaluating situations from diverse perspectives Richard – Thank you for all you have done for us. We are pleased with the result of our case and could not have achieved it without you. Family of Vanessa V. Taylor
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Posted by Daniela | November 21, 2018
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I highly recommend Richard J. Dvorak!!!
This office is outstanding. They did for me what other attorneys wouldn't. I couldn't be happier with their work and the results they got me! I highly recommend this office. Very professional and on top of things.
Posted by Kareem | August 14, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
He freed me from prison
Richard is a great lawyer. I was wrongfully convicted of 5 felony charges in 2015. After hiring Richard, within a year, I was released from prison because he got all of the convictions vacated. As of now, I am a free man and no longer a convicted felon. Richard is a great attorney that will fight for you in court.
Posted by Salomon | November 17, 2014
I meet with a few lawyers before I meet with Richard and as cliche as it sounds, but he literally got me my life back. I felt most comfortable and confident in Richard than I did with the rest. From the get go Richard kept it real, he didn't beat around the bush and confidently advised me rather or not he can win my case or have to take a plea. I was looking at a mandatory sentencing of 1-3 years for an aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and DUI. Richard took on my case brilliantly and without fear of having to take it to trial but because of his incredible knowledge, diligence and experience, we didn't have to go to trial...Richard got my entire case dismissed and charges dropped. And, he did it at a very fair and extremely reasonable cost especially compared to the rest. Another great plus is his fluency in Spanish which came in handy when explaining the proceedings to my parents. Highly recommended and will always refer, Richard and his associates. Thank you Richard and Iveliz!! P.S. Hey Richard, GIVE IVELIZ HER OWN OFFICE!! :-D
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Posted by Matt | March 12, 2014
Great Criminal Defense Lawyer
Rich was very helpful, kept me in the loop, and got me a great deal in my misdemeanor criminal matter, keeping me out of jail. Great lawyer.
Posted by Marvin | July 26, 2013
Satisfied Client
Three years ago I was wrongfully accused and convicted of criminal sexual assault, and was to serve ten years at 85%. After much prayer and meditation I received a letter from Mr. Richard J. Dvorak telling me that he was going to represent me before the Appellate Court. Not long after Mr. Dvorak informed me that I had won a favorable decision in my appeal. I truly believe that through his diligent, hard work and legal experience this was the reason I was released. I would most gladly refer him to any and all. Thank You
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Posted by Walter | June 14, 2013
Failure Is Never An Option
I was falsely convicted of a murder charge and given 110 years in prison. After 16 1/2 years my case was overturned by 7th Curcuit Court. When I was released I tried to hire attorneys to represent me on a civil lawsuit in order to receive compensation for my wrongful conviction. Unfortunately I was turned down by many and told that I had to wait until the lower courts decided if they wanted to retry me before I could pursue a lawsuit. After speaking with Richard he was brave enough to take on the case the moment he gathered all the information he felt he needed. Since being on my case, Richard has uncovered more hidden evidence that Lawyers I had in the past had'nt been able to discover, he has also been very helpful in helping me stay focused thru my struggles, as we await trial/settlement. I have every confidence that Richard will get me the just due compensation I deserve for the wrong that has been made against me by the representatives of the state of Indiana. I highly recommend this Attorney to anyone who is seeking justice, because he will give you due diligence in his representation on your behalf.
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Posted by Sarah | June 6, 2013
Very skilled - Found Hidden Evidence in a very high profile case against Law Enforcement that proved my innocence
Richard Dvorak took on a case for me as a Defensive Lawyer that was high profile against Law Enforcement, not only did he find evidence that proved my innocence, he was able to prove the evidence was purposely hidden by law enforcement. I am now working with Richard and his referral partners on a Civil case. Richard took the case head on, was very trustworthy and made me feel at ease. I basically put my future in his hands, and Richard was able to prevent wrongful prosecution. I would definitely recommend Richard as an attorney. His rates were very reasonable and fair, and I never felt like he was overcharging me like many other attorneys do. In fact I feel that I owe more to Richard due to the nature of my case. Richard is very skilled at what he does and knows the laws. Often times I didn't understand terminology or the process of a court case and Richard always explained it on my level. I always felt like my case was his main priority even when I knew Richard was actively working other cases. If you are seeking Illinois best, get in contact with Richard Dvorak.
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Posted by anonymous | June 17, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Poor representation in my case
I paid 20,000 dollars for this lawyer to represent me. I did not get my money's worth. He did not return phone calls or emails. He did not have a good understanding of the caselaw regarding my circumstances. He did not review the latest caselaw regarding my issues.
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  • Contingency 33%-40%
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 9.5 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Dvorak Law Offices, LLC
  • 2010 - Present
  • Managing Partner
  • Dvorak, Toppel & Barrido
  • 2005 - 2010
  • Managing Partner
  • Dvorak & Toppel
  • 2003 - 2005
  • Associate
  • DiFranco & Associates
  • 2002 - 2003
  • Attorney
  • Cook County Public Defender's Office
  • 2000 - 2002
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  • DePaul University College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1999

Sample of Legal Cases

  • A.M. v. City of Chicago
  • Won
  • People v. J.C.
  • Won
  • People v. E.A.
  • Won
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  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • DuPage County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • National Police Accountability Project
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Nation's Top One Percent
  • National Association of Distinguished Counsel
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2014
  • Arthur Kinoy Defender Award
  • National Lawyers Guild
  • 2003


  • Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education
  • Confessions Chapter
  • 2009
  • Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education
  • Representing Clients in the Early Stages of a Criminal Action
  • 2009
  • Michigan Journal of Race and Law
  • Cracking the Code: Decoding Colorblind Slurs During the Congressional Crack Cocaine Debates
  • 2000

Speaking Engagements

  • The Second Amendment & Section 1983 Litigation
  • The Intersection between Civil Rights and Criminal Defense Litigation
  • 2011

Attorney endorsements

Received (14)
Given (27)
Endorse Richard
Civil rights Attorney | May 12
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I've had several matters with Richard and he is an aggressive litigator who fights hard for his clients. I would highly recommend him."
Civil rights Attorney | Oct 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Rich Dvorak truly knows the law and gets his clients the best results. His experience with criminal law and civil law is excellent and shows with his case results. I would not hesitate to contact Rich."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse Mr. Dvorak. Truly exceptional and caring attorney who produces great results in representing clients! I want all people with legal problems to contact him first."
Civil rights Attorney | Jan 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"When it comes to civil rights and criminal defense, Rich Dvorak knows the law and he knows how to get the best results for his clients. Without hesitation, I endorse Rich as an excellent trial attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 24
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this attorney. Very skilled and aggressive criminal defense and civil rights litigator. Highly recommended."
Civil rights Attorney | Jan 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Dvorak has practiced law for many years and began his career as an Assistant Public Defender in Cook County where he gained immeasurable experience. After his years in the public sector, Mr. Dvorak moved on to private practice where he has developed a reputation as a top-tier criminal defense attorney and civil rights attorney. It is without hesitation that I recommend Mr. Dvorak for any client in need of criminal defense or civil rights representation."
Civil rights Attorney | Sep 22
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have referred Richard a civil rights matter, and he did a wonderful job. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Richard. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 12
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Rich is a hard working, dedicated attorney who cares very much about his clients. He is is as good as they come. I always trust Rich's opinion in complex legal matters"
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Mr. Dvorak for over a dozen years and I have seen him defend many people. Mr. Dvorak knows the law and he knows how to try cases. But most of all, he is a zealous advocate on behalf of his clients. He will not rest until he given it his all. I endorse him."
Civil rights Attorney | Aug 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I unqualifiedly endorse Richard Dvorak. He is an outstanding civil rights lawyer that fights tirelessly for his clients. His legal research and writing skills are outstanding and he's not afraid to go to trial. The proof is in his work product."
Civil rights Attorney | Jul 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Rich is an incredibly smart lawyer who understands his clients and their problems. I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jun 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Dvorak has show a substantial knowledge and insight when providing information to lay people who are asking questions here on the AVVO forum. I respect and endorse him and his opinions."
Civil rights Attorney | Jun 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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