Ralph E. Meczyk is a seasoned trial attorney with almost 40 years’ experience successfully defending clients in high stakes criminal cases. Meczyk is known and respected for his relentless preparation, aggressive cross-examinations and refusal to concede.
Meczyk is recognized by his peers for his persistent defense strategy, his ability to quickly become a subject matter expert and his desire to fight – and win – the most challenging cases.
Meczyk has tried more than 130 jury trials and 400 bench trials to verdict in state and federal district courts and has argued in nearly every U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and before the United States Supreme Court. He is a Leading Lawyer in the categories of criminal appellate law, criminal defense law (felonies and misdemeanors) and criminal defense law (white collar) and a 2015 Super Lawyer.
|IL||Active And Authorized To Practice Law||1977||07/06/2019|
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers||2017|
|Leading Lawyer||Leading Lawyers Network||2016|
|Leading Lawyer - Criminal Defense Law, Criminal Appellate Law||Leading Lawyers Network||2015|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers Magazine||2015|
|Leading Lawyer||Leading Lawyers Network||2014|
|Leading Lawyer||Leading Lawyers Network||2013|
|Leading Lawyer||Leading Lawyers Network||2012|
|Founding Partner||Ralph E. Meczyk & Associates||1982 - Present|
|Assistant Public Defender||Cook County||1977 - 1982|
|National Guard||Illinois Army National Guard||1970 - 1976|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||Member||N/A|
|American Bar Association||Member, Section on Litigation||N/A|
|Illinois Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||Member||N/A|
|Federal Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Chicago Bar Association||Co-Chair, Criminal Law Committee||2012 - 2012|
|Illinois Supreme Court, Capital Litigation Trial Bar||First Chair||2002 - 2002|
|United States Federal Defender's Office, Northern District Of Illinois||Panel Member||1986 - 1986|
|Chicago-Kent College of Law Illinois Institute of Technology||JD - Juris Doctor||1977|
|Loyola University||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1973|
|Chicago Bar Association||Search and Seizure||2007|
|Chicago Bar Association||Killer Cross Examination||1994|
|People vs. Peterson|
|Family Secrets Mob Trial||Reduced sentence|
|The People vs. Isaac Martinez||Not Guilty|
|United States v. Carlisi||Acquittal|
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