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Robert James Callahan

Criminal defense Attorney at Chicago, IL

5.0   14 reviews

also known as Robert J Callahan | Criminal Defense Lawyer

  • Licensed for 29 years
    State IL
    Acquired 1994
    Active and Authorized to Practice Law No misconduct found

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

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    Robert Callahan has defended people of all races, sexes, nationalities and economic classes and will use extensive resources, professional relationships and superior legal knowledge to protect your constitutional rights.

    30 years, 2,000 cases

  2. Federal crime
    If you are arrested, wanted or charged with a crime or felony you could be facing serious penalties. Robert Callahan is the Chicago criminal defense lawyer that can help you.

    30 years

  3. DUI and DWI
    If you are arrested, wanted or charged with a crime or felony you could be facing serious penalties. Robert Callahan is the Chicago criminal defense lawyer that can help you.

    30 years, 300 cases

Robert Callahan has been a successful Chicago defense attorney at law for over 17 years. We use investigation and thorough preparation to gain an advantage over the prosecution.  When you need legal representation, there is no time to waste. Consult the law offices of Robert Callahan.  We win more cases because we take fewer clients. This allows us to give individual attention to each file, and the results are proof that our strategy works.

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Robert James Callahan
53 West Jackson, Suite 1442
Chicago, IL, 60604-3536


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Posted by Dave | November 6, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Criminal Lawyers!
Jeff and Paul have been exceptional lawyers for a very personal family matter. We needed expert criminal legal representation in Cook County, and Jeff and Paul were there with us every step of the way. They were very communicative, open, honest and transparent. And they care. You can tell right away when somebody cares and has empathy. But it goes beyond that. They know the cook county court system, the judges, the prosecutors, and they know the law. They are really smart! I highly recommend them if you or a loved one are in serious legal trouble. Hire well! You won't be disappointed!
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Posted by anonymous | March 3, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Weapon/loaded no/foid
I want to thank Robert Callahan and his law firm for the great work thy did for my brother is had a weapons charge and had to spend time in jail theyes were able to get all charges dropped before his court date will recommend these attorneys great job
Posted by Cody | June 8, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
First Degree Murder
I was charged with First Degree Murder. Facing 20 to life. My family and I were hopeless and helpless. With the public defender not caring my family found Robert Callahan and he fought for me like no other would. I trusted and put my life in his hands and he treated me like a friend. With his knowledge and determination he knew just what to do. He was like a beast when he crossed examined the states witnesses and did everything to bring out the truth. He was full of knowledge and determination. He saved my life and brought me home to my family. He truly cares and I am blessed to have him as my lawyer .I can not express enough of how Amazing of a lawyer he is.Robert Callahan is a God sent and he is not only my lawyer but my friend. Thank you Robert Callahan and associates for saving my life!
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Posted by Darrin | October 27, 2015
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Awesome Criminal Trial Lawyer
In August 2015, I was arrested and charged with domestic battery. Even though I never laid a finger on the complainant family member, I wound up with a 2-day stay in Cook County Jail and, after bailing out, I faced a potentially dire situation that could mean lost work, heavy fines or --much worse-- jail time. I was scared, desperate and since I had no history of legal problems, I didn't know where to turn. I did countless Web searches for the "best" criminal lawyer in the Chicago area and the firm of Robert Callahan kept coming up. After reading several reviews, I decided to call them. Boy am I glad I did. From the first phone call, Associate Jeff Marx put me at ease, telling me that he & his firm deal with these types of cases frequently and, after hearing the details of mine, assured me that they'd "take care of it." Two weeks later in the court room, Bob Callahan did just that. He immediately got my case dismissed and his firm is currently working on expunging my record. If I ever find myself in legal trouble again (and I certainly plan not to!), I will call Robert Callahan. I found him and his associates to be responsive to all my inquiries, attentive to my needs, and expert in all facets of my case and the legal system as a whole. Very impressed. And very grateful.
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Posted by cynthia | July 9, 2014
the best lawyer ever!
I hired robert callahan to handle my case 7/9/14. I went to court for a speeding ticket i was driving 27 over the limit. My case was a misdemeanor and i was looking at over a thousand dollars in fines and possibly 6 months of jail time. But thanks to robert all i have now very small fine i have to pay in a month.. he was very helpful he told the judge my situation and he got the judge to reduce my fine. He is good at what he does i recommend him to anyone looking for a good lawyer. He was the best.
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Posted by anonymous | March 12, 2014
Defending Me On Class X Drug Case
I have used Robert Callahan for a legal situation that kind of brought my world crashing down around me. While it is still going to trial, I am sure I am in capable hands with Bob, and I would trust no other attorney with my life. I have referred countless others to him with invariably amazing results over the years. I consider him a friend and a real man of Chicago. If you have a serious case and you can afford his services (if you can't get a loan) he will take care of you.
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Posted by anonymous | May 14, 2012
Excellent representation, competent and confident.
I had a fairly serious legal issue but was fortunate to be put in touch with Mr. Callahan. He is highly skilled, extremely competent and very attentive. I am what you would consider a high maintenance client who needed to be intimately involved in my case. Mr. Callahan always returned my calls, was proactive and committed to helping in win my case. He exudes extreme confidence and was always willing to go the extra mile. He even visited me in jail late at night, how many other attorneys would do that. Never underestimate the power of a good attorney. The state knows who the good attorneys are and they are far less likely to pursue a marginal case if they know who they are up against. For me, my felony case was dropped, I considered it a miracle. Don't risk your future, go with the best you will be happy you did.
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Posted by John | May 10, 2012
Best Chicago Criminal Defense Attorney Around
I have had some experience with criminal defense attorneys in the past and I wish that I had found Attorney Callahan sooner. Me and my roommate spend the day drinking and watching football. We decided to go out and my roommate drove. We got pulled over, the cops arrested my roommate and searched me, there were enough drugs in the car that I was arrested and charged with a class x felony. I was looking for criminal defense attorneys in Chicago and I found Mr. Callahan online. I got in touch with him really quickly. I told him what happened and it seemed like Mr. Callahan started to handle it while we were still on the phone. He explained what could happen to me because of these charges but I felt like he was on top of it. I think all of his experience as an attorney working criminal defense in Chicago helped settle my nerves. I mean, he and his staff had answers to pretty much all of my questions. My case went to trial but Mr. Callahan really showed up and performed. I was found not guilty! I know it wasn't magic, he was just good. I needed serious help and this guy did it.
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Posted by Ashley B. | June 14, 2011
Great Experience
I have nothing but great things to say about Robert Callahan and his defense law firm. This is the best experience I have ever had with any defense attorney, he was very professional and knows everything about this business. If you're thinking about using him, please don't hesitate to call because you won't regret it.
Posted by Gwen | March 4, 2011
Callahan is one of the best Criminal Defense Attorneys in Chicago!
Well respected, hardworking and honest are a few of the words I would use to describe Robert Callahan. He is a criminal defense attorney in Chicago that actually cares about his clients and the outcome of their case. Criminal Defense Attorneys at Callahan and Associates treated me with respect and was extremely responsive to my requests. I highly recommend Robert Callahan to anyone in "criminal trouble" with the law.,+IL&cid=10405630393995354548&z=14
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Posted by Patrick | November 3, 2010
Outstanding Trial Lawyer
Mr Callahan advised me on how to proceed immediately upon contact. matter was resolved exactly as promised. I was surprised that he won my case based on the technicality of Supreme Court ruling 504. I will use Mr. Callahan if i need to.
Posted by Greg | October 27, 2010
Class X Case Dismissed
I have had legal representation before, however, I have never had a lawyer as concerned and personal as Callahan. He allways returned my calls, and he made sure that I was aware of what was going on with my case. Not only did he review the case he also invited me to his office to see if I could be of any help. Before the motion hearing that we had he made me aware of the consequences that I faced if things didn't go well, that I had a good chance of beating the case and why. I was most impressed with his enthusiasm when he said before the hearing " let me calm down cause I'm kind of hyper right now". He had a fire inside of him that made me feel that what ever the result of this case was he did his best.
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Posted by John | July 6, 2010
Chicago Criminal Defense Lawyer
I have used Chicago Criminal Defense Lawyer Mr. Callahan for myself and family 3 times. He can answer all your criminal legal questions in plain English. He even handles his own phone calls most of the time, so he is easy to get a hold of. I had the Chicago Police lie against me and accuse me of drug possession. Mr. Callahan presented my criminal case to a judge who threw out the case at the first court appearance. Robert Callahan is a truly professional criminal lawyer who is good at what he does and not too expensive.‎
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Posted by Marc | June 17, 2010
Thank you Callahan & Associates
My name is Marc A. Scott. Recently I was arrested and charged with a felony amount of marijauna. Unfortunatly i'm also on parole and without a doubt I thought i was sure to be returning to prison. Had it not been for a well seasoned, well respected counselor with connections, my situation would have been a very dark outcome. Again, i'd like to thank you for your expertise... In short, my case was resolved and the judge granted me an immediate release with time served. Again, thank you Robert J.Callahan & Associates.
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  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 9.5 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • Robert J. Callahan and Associates
  • 1994 - Present


  • Chicago-Kent College of Law Illinois Institute of Technology
  • Juris Doctorate
  • 1993
  • University of Illinois
  • Bachelors
  • 1990
  • Saint Ignatius College Prep
  • High School Diploma
  • 1985

Legal Cases

  • People v LR
  • Dismissed at Preliminary Hearing
  • People v. GG
  • Dismissed after Motion to Suppress Evidence granted
  • Felony Weapons Charges in Chicago
  • not guilty


  • South Suburban Bar Association
  • Panel Attorney
  • 2009 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • Chicago Bar Association In-Court Referral Panel
  • Panel Attorney
  • 2002 - Present
  • Federal Trial Bar
  • Member
  • 1997 - Present
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1994 - Present
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1994 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Best Lawyer
  • Expertise
  • 2016
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Top 100 Lawyers
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2015
  • Certificate of Completion - Capital Litigation
  • State of Illinois Appellate Defender
  • 2009
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  • Chicago Lawyer Magazine
  • 2016
  • LinkRep
  • Arizona v. Gant: Practical Application to Search and Seizure Related Defense
  • 2009
  • American Journal of Veterinary Research
  • Animal Abuse Law
  • 2006
  • CAALA Advocate
  • Defending Narcotics Cases
  • N/A
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Speaking Engagements

  • Criminal Law Seminar
  • Defending Narcotics Cases in Cook County
  • 2011
  • Interstate
  • Search and Seizure Law
  • N/A
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Attorney endorsements

Received (9)
Given (6)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse Mr. Callahan. Very knowledgeable and caring attorney who produces great results in representing clients! Keep up the great work."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Bob is an excellent litigator!"
Criminal defense Attorney | May 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Robert. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have had the pleasure of working with Mr. Callahan on several occasions. I find him to be honest, hardworking and very competent. Mr. Callahan knows the system and gets results."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He tough, honest and fearless."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 08
Relationship: Other
"Attorney Callahan demonstrates great expertise in all areas of criminal law. His avvo posts show that he is a creative and highly knowledgeable attorney. I'd highly recommend attorney Callahan to anyone in need of a criminal defense attorney in the Chicagoland area."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have practiced against Bob during my time as a prosecutor here in Cook County, as well as worked with Bob on a case with multiple co-defendants. In my experience I found Bob to be a knowledgeable defense attorney who always put his client's best interests first. He was a tough adversary when I was a prosecutor but always carried a professional and respectful demeanor. Any client who hires Bob is in good hands."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have had the opportunity to witness the work of Robert Callahan for a number of years, and can state first-hand that he provides quality defense work for his clients. His case preparation is thorough, and he approaches each case as if it will be tried to verdict. In numerous occasions, I have witnessed his clients express sincere gratitude at the resolution of their case, in appreciation of the fact that he has utilized his extensive experience on their behalf."
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