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Jeffrey J. Kent

Criminal defense Attorney at Chicago, IL

4.8   16 reviews
  • Licensed for 22 years
    State IL
    Acquired 2001
    Active and Authorized to Practice Law No misconduct found

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Practice area
  1. Criminal defense
    I exclusively practice criminal defense. As a former prosecutor I have experience on both sides of the bench. I practice all over Cook and Dupree County.

    23 years, 1,500 cases

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Law Offices of Jeffrey J. Kent, P.C.
33 N. Dearborn
Suite 1950
Chicago, IL, 60602


4.8 / 5.0
  16 customer reviews
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Posted by Michael | September 4, 2019
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Professional , knowledgeable and kind
I was very lucky to have Mr Kent represent me in case in which a person was trying to cause me damage legally. Mr Kent gave me the right amount of relevant information at each stage of the process, while listening to my concerns. He'll answer any questions you have and provides reassurance but is also realistic about the process. He has the right experience and is a diligent worker. He quickly secured a no-conviction for my case and then further negotiated the opposition down to a lot less than what they were asking. Mr. Kent is worth hiring. All throughout, his priority was maintaining my good record. I'm extremely grateful to have contacted and hired him.
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Posted by Lilpatna | March 19, 2019
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Previous client
Had an old case from 2002. Mr. Kent provided unparalleled excellence in the defense of case. Needless to say my employment was on the line. The results was more than adequate, they exceeded my hopes and I'm still happily employed thanks to him.
Posted by Alex | March 14, 2019
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Incredible Defense Attorney!
Jeff Kent is one of the most honorable attorney's I've ever met. He resolved a warrant that resurfaced after 20 years with swift precision. Just speaking with him on the phone the first time I was impressed with his professionalism and compassion. Throughout the process he kept in contact, worked quickly and I was very assured by his calm demeanor. He had the warrant quashed and recalled on the first court appointment. I would highly recommend his services.
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Posted by Syreeta | February 27, 2016
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Excellent attorney!
Mr. Kent is a very competent and dedicated attorney. Anytime I've needed him he has been readily available, whether it be a court appearance or just a need for some sound advice. I appreciate his services and will continue to use him if needed in the future.
Posted by Don | February 26, 2016
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Don Salmon
Jeff, Was very helpful, and gave great insight into my rights and case. Jeff performed spectacularly from the moment of our first consultation to getting cases scheduled to great in court room defense. Would recommend Jeff to anyone who needs legal counsel. Feel free to email for any further details. Thanks Jeff, Don Salmon
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Posted by Carol | February 25, 2015
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Although I have never had any previous experiences with legal services I could have not asked for a better attorney than Jeff! He always kept me well informed and was with me every step of the process. The outcome of my case far exceeded my expectations and I am very thankful to have had Jeff represent me. Even after my case he was there to answer any questions and provide useful information that would benefit me in the future. He is a phenomenal attorney and I would strongly urge others into utilizing Mr.Kents services !
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Posted by anonymous | February 17, 2015
Highly recommend
I was in contact with Mr. Kent after being arrested for a misdemeanor. I found Mr. Kent to be very competent. His experience not only as a defense attorney but also as former prosecutor allows him to give insightful advice. He showed up to court on time and it was obvious he knew what he was doing. I think his strength though is how he worked/communicated with me, which I imagine is consistent with how he treats other clients. He conducts himself professionally, yet is personable and likable. His advice is reasonable and assured. He is very responsive. I did not ever feel neglected. Mr. Kent was usually the one contacting me, rather than the other way around. Overall, I felt confident throughout the process that Mr. Kent is an attorney who would look out for my best interest.
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Posted by Art | February 3, 2015
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Jeff was very helpful, very straight forward. He made sure that I was the priority. He was very responsive and kept me informed every step of the way. Easy to get a hold of, also returned phone calls in a timely matter. Trustworthy, skilled, confident. Overall, I am very happy I went with Jeff Kent.
Posted by anonymous | January 30, 2015
Aggressive Knowdedgeable Successful
I hired Jeff after an officer arrested me for a verbal altercation outside a restaurant. The cops were overly aggressive and didn't ask questions but just arrested and charged me with Reckless Conduct. Jeff was a former prosecutor in Chicago Cook County so the judge knew him and he fought to not only get the charge overturned and a ruling that meant not guilty so I could get it expunged but he was helpful and understood the process throughout. I'd strongly recommend Jeff to anyone in Chicago who needs a good attorney
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Posted by anonymous | January 28, 2015
Lennon Evans
I'd use Jeff for any issue I have being a minor to a major crime or dispute. Very proffesional and actually cares about your case instead of being another statistic.
Posted by Samantha | January 28, 2015
Jeffrey Kent is someone of integrity, one who has an exceptional knowledge of the law. Impeccable ethics and an unparalleled work ethic make him an outstanding attorney who is capable, meticulous, and diligent. He is a straight-talker who will not tell you what you want to hear, but what you have to know. I highly recommend him, and feel fortunate to have hired the perfect attorney.
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Posted by Nick | January 27, 2015
Best. Lawyer. Ever.
From the very beginning Mr. Kent was optimistic about my case. It was difficult to find someone who was this understanding and not judgmental in any way being a male with an emergency order of protection. At the initial court date he met with me early to again go over my case and to alleviate my fears and concerns. The party that issued the emergency order was late and the order was dismissed. Then the person arrived. Mr. Kent advised me to stay for a couple of minutes. To my dismay he let the judge rescind the order in order for the other party to state their case. They continued with the order of protection. I asked why Mr. Kent had done that and he told me they could easily get another order that same day and we'd be back to square one. When the case went to trial Mr. Kent was once again very optimistic and professional. He calmed my nerves and told me what to expect. We went into court confident in our case to say the least. The opposing party had no chance. Mr. Kent has a talent with words and caught the other party in multiple lies. Neither I nor my witnesses had to testify. After the case was dismissed a man in the courtroom came up and asked for Mr. Kent's card because he was so impressed with the way he handled things. I would highly recommend him to anyone and everyone. He made a point to stay in constant communication and see how I was doing. Thank you Mr. Kent! I can hold my head up high again thanks to this man.
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Posted by Brian | January 27, 2015
Truly pleasant Experiance
I'm not the type of person who writes reviews, however my Experiance with Jeff was so remarkable, I felt compelled to share. After one the worst nights in my life I contact several law firms looking for someone who understood the situation I found myself in. Jeff was personable and professional his unique understanding of the chicago league system was truly remarkable. After several court appearances I was pleased with the outcome and satisfied with the "cost of doing business " in my opinion Jeff Kent is very qualified and gets the highest recomundation possible.
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Posted by MS.RENEE | June 19, 2012
I hired JEFFERY KENT to represent my son, when he was wrongfully arrested on a gun charge. I found MR.KENT on the internet when I was searching for a lawyer. Jeff is a very experienced crimial attorney.He knowns the law and is very knowledgeable in his field.I highly recommend MR. KENT as well as endorse him and his services at anytime when seeking a lawyer to represent you and any family member that you love. This lawyer was very diligent in his work he gave us respect loyalty and most of all devotion and feeback with our case and he won it.THANK YOU FOR A JOB WELL DONE AND GOD IS GOOD ALLTHE TIME!!!!!!!!!!!.
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Posted by anonymous | September 2, 2010
Outstanding Criminal Attorney
Through a recommendation, I hired Jeff and his partner Dan to represent me in a $75,000 embezzlement case. I had previously hired another attorney, but was so disappointed in his quality of work and integrity, that I decided to change council completely - and this was the best decision I could have made. Jeff was incredibly knowledgeable about white collar/financial crimes and how these kinds of cases are investigated and prosecuted. Jeff and his partner were able to settle the pending civil lawsuit, negotiate restitution, and make an agreement with law enforcement that I would not be prosecuted. Could not be happier with the quality of service I received from Jeff and Dan. Highly trust and recommend this attorney.
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Posted by Keith | July 21, 2023
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Former Client
Was extremely unprofessional while discussing proceedings leading up to the court’s ruling. Mr. Kent didn’t have accurate knowledge of the law regarding my case which lead to a conviction. I would do my due diligence if I could turn back time and thoroughly vet this guy before working with him. Buyer’s remorse and I totally regret hiring this guy!
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Response from Jeffrey Kent July 24, 2023
Professional obligations do not allow me to respond as I would wish. What I want more than anything is to investigate what happened and address your issues personally. Please call the office as soon as possible so that we can discuss your grievances. I appreciate your feedback.
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Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Law Offices of Jeffrey J. Kent, P.C.
  • 2009 - Present
  • Assistant State's Attorney
  • Cook County State's Attorney's Office
  • 2001 - 2009


  • Illinois Institute of Technology - Kent College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2000

Legal Cases

  • not guilty
  • Reckless Homicide
  • Not Guilty


  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • 2011 - Present
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • 2009 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Attorney endorsements

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Given (6)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jeff is an experienced, highly skilled trial lawyer who leaves no stone unturned when defending his clients. The respect he has in the legal community mean he can also use his many professional relationships to his client's advantage. I highly endorse Jeff."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jeff is a tremendous attorney. He is extremely skilled and experienced and I would highly endorse him for any criminal defense matter."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jeff is a superb trial attorney and his clients can rest assured of his dedication and attentiveness to their needs. I highly recommend Jeff as a criminal attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse Mr. Kent. Very knowledgeable and caring attorney who produces great results in representing clients! I want all people with legal problems to contact him first."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jeff is an experienced criminal attorney who gets he job done! He is always prepared and does a great job representing his clients. When he was a prosecutor he was always professional and very tough to beat. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 03
Relationship: Co-worker
"I highly endorse this lawyer's work. I've known Jeff Kent professionally for over 10 years, and he is one of the most intelligent and knowledgeable defense attorney's I've met. He is an amazing advocate for his clients, and he will aggresively defend his clients both in and out of court. Jeff has never been afraid to take a case to trial, and he has always been a relentless defender of his clients' rights."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 12
Relationship: Co-worker
"Jeff Kent is one of the top criminal defense lawyers in the city. Clients are always impressed with the amount of work that Jeff puts in on their cases. Jeff does everything he can for his clients in order to get the best result possible. He is always available to his clients to answer any questions about the case. I see client after client happy they had Jeff on their side."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I first met Jeff when he was the prosecutor on a very serious case that I was handling at 26th and California. I was very impressed with the way Jeff handled the case. I have come to know him even better after he opened his criminal defense practice. Any time Jeff and I work on a case together the clients really appreciate everything he does. He is a very good lawyer and knows his stuff."
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Chicago Criminal defense Lawyer Jeffrey J. Kent
Jeffrey J. Kent
Criminal defense Attorney
Chicago, IL
Licensed for 22 years