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Rosa Alexander Eliades

Criminal defense Attorney at Chicago, IL

5.0   4 reviews
  • State Years
    Illinois - IL 31 years
    Texas - TX 30 years
  • Licensed for 31 years
    State IL
    Acquired 1992
    Active and Authorized to Practice Law No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 30 years
    State TX
    Acquired 1994
    Not Eligible to Practice - Administrative No misconduct found

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About Rosa

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    All areas of criminal defense from pre-trial, trial, appeal, and post-conviction work. Practice and federal and state court. Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Criminal law.

    31 years

  2. Federal crime

    23 years

I am a criminal defense lawyer that has specialized in criminal defense  since I graduated law school, over 22 years. I have practiced criminal defense both in Houston, Texas and in the Chicago area, where my main focus is federal law.

I attended the Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College in 2000 and have been returning as faculty since 2004.  I am  Board Certified  by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in the area of Criminal Law and Criminal Apellate law.

I have always have had a passion for defending people accused by the government and believe that a strong defense is a personalized defense based upon the needs of the individual representing.  I strive to combine my knowledge of the law and my understanding of my client to formulate a defense strategy that best serves each individual I represent. 

In addition to the law, I enjoy running marathons, cycling, triathalons and completed tough mudder event in Austin Texas.  I have recently started playing the piano again after 20 years.


JPMorgan Chase Tower
53 W. Jackson Blvd
Suite 1437
Chicago, IL, 60604
Rosa Alexander Eliades
53 W. Jackson Blvd
Suite 1454
Chicago, IL, 60604
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Posted by anonymous | April 22, 2013
Passionate, Trustworthy and a Born Fighter for Clients
Ms. Eliades represented my case through trial and through the Appeals process. She fought for what is right and worked to ease my fears throughout the process. She gave me personal attention that I'm not sure I could have received anywhere else. She had true passion and concern for my well being separate from the court system. It took us a long time to overcome a malicious prosecutor and undue the harm he caused but in the end we prevailed. I can never thank her enough!
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Posted by JS | October 10, 2012
Last Man Standing
After interviewing several Criminal defense attorneys, I choose Rosa to represent me in a complex Federal criminal conspiracy case. Thanks goodness I did!! All the other co-defendants decided to cut a deal with the devil and accept agreements with the government. Rosa stood by my side and refused to allow the government to intimidate us with the threat of Superseding indictments. Instead, Rosa rallied her colleagues from the “Spence Trial Lawyer College” to help prepare for trail conducting multiple psychodrama sessions. I cannot emphasize enough the personnel bond Rosa develops with her client – Not ONCE did I call or email that she did not respond no matter how trivial my question was. More than once at the drop of a hat Rosa jumped on a plane and traveled to investigate every aspect of my case. At the end of the day Rosa the government was offering for us to take plea agreement to a misdemeanor with a year probation. Thank you, Rosa, for always being there to give me guidance. For that, you truly are my "North Star."
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Posted by Jose Hernandez | April 28, 2011
Review from Jose Hernandez
I'm very supportive of Ms. Rosa A. Eliades as an attorney retained. As a former client, in which she represented me in a capital murder case in 2007. My experience with her is unforgetable, she definitely looks to pour herself out and go the distance for her clients. I highly recommend her for anyone who is in need of an great attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | October 25, 2008
Extremely Compassionate Hardworking Dedicated Wholhearted & Knowledgable
Rosa not only knows the law but knows how to dig into your past. She doesnt want to just know about the day you were charged with the crime. Rosa wants to know all about you. Many attorneys charge you tons of money spend little time and cut a deal with the district attoney that's not in your best interest. Ms. Eliades is all about fighting for your rights. Going to the mat and making sure that the truth comes out. The law is not on your side and as much as we were all taught you are INNOCENT until prven guilty.....that is FALSE. Ms, Eliadesd will not let you be railroaded. She will put in as many hours as it takes and talk to as many witnesses necessary to ensure she knows all the facts. When you go to will be prepared! Not only will you have an attorney you will have someone who treats you as if you were family. She will protect you as if you were on of her own. She fights for fairness. If you want someone who is compassionate, knowledable, hardworking, deidcated and not afraid to go all the way, you have to hire Rosa. She will protect you to the best of her ability.
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  • Trial Lawyers College
  • 2000
  • South Texas College Of Law
  • law
  • 1992
  • University of Illinois- Champaign
  • Bachelors of Arts and Science
  • 1989


  • Illinois Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Board Memeber
  • 2010 - Present
  • Woman's Criminal Defense Bar Association
  • membert
  • 2010 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 1997 - Present
  • Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association
  • Former Board Member and Secretary
  • 1995 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • Greek

Attorney endorsements

Received (22)
Given (3)
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Federal crime Attorney | Mar 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Federal crime Attorney | Nov 15
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Rosa is a very tenacious lawyer who fights hard for her clients. She is an exceptional litigator and I heartily endorse her."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 10
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Ms. Eliades is just impressive! She is a brilliant litigator. She pours her heart into every case. She will not accept anything less that the best for her clients. She is nationally respected in her field. If you want an attorney who has seen it all, who is at the very top of the game, and who will fight for you like you are family, then hire her. When I have difficult matters, I bring Ms. Eliades in. I trust her implicitly."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 03
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Rosa Eliades is everything a criminal defense attorney should be. She is experienced, skilled, professional, well-connected and tough. She is extremely empathetic with her clients but hard as nails in court. I could not recommend her more highly."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 16
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Rosa is a brilliant trial lawyer. She truly connects with the jury on a deeper level than you can imagine. She is a lion of a defense lawyer."
Federal crime Attorney | Aug 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Eliades has consistently provide the Avvo community with responses that assist and educate. Her legal knowledge and experience is noteworthy. I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 05
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Great lawyer, passionate and cares about her clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Rosa is an excellent criminal defense attorney--a fearless advocate for her clients. She has offices in both Houston and Chicago. She also gives back selflessly to the legal community. She volunteers her time, talent and treasure as a staff member with the Trial Lawyers College. I highly endorse this extraordinary lawyer."
Federal crime Attorney | Apr 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Rosa is an outstanding lawyer with an exceptional reputation. She is a tireless and zealous advocate for her clients and a credit to the legal profession. Chicago is lucky to have her. I enthusiatically endorse her."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer.rosa is a true fighter, she fights with passion and zeal and never gives in. Rosa always gives back to younger lawyers and she one of the best lawyers i have seen."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 08
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. Great attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have watched Rosa Eliades in trial on several occasions and she is spectacular. Jurors love her and judges respect her. Several years ago, I had to step aside on a case due to a conflict of interest. I called Ms. Eliades, because I knew she was the one trial lawyer to call when chips were down and the client really needed a fighter. I was not disappointed and I would make that call again in a heartbeat!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I know Ms. Eliades to be one of the very best trial lawyers in Houston. Her knowledge of criminal law is far superior to most lawyers and her trial skills are outstanding. I've seen her handle the most complex of federal fraud trials as well as state court cases. She is always professional,well prepared and extremely dedicated to her clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Rosa is an excellent criminal defense attorney. Just earlier today, I was talking to a Assistant United States Attorney who commented that Rosa did an excellent job in front of a very difficult federal judge in a previous case. The AUSA said that Rosa's client faired better than all of the other defendants in the federal case. Rosa works hard for her clients at the trial court level and on appeal. I endorse Rosa and her work."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 11
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"There are a lot of times when criminal law and family law overlap. In those instances, I turn to Ms. Eliades for guidance and information. Likewise, she will contact me if she thinks one of her cases may involve issues of family law. She is constantly looking out for the best interests of her client and insuring that any advice she gives does not unintentionally adversely effect other areas of their life. I would not hesitate to send any of my clients who may need the services of a criminal attorney to Ms. Eliades."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 27
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"There is no one who will work harder for a client than Rosa Eliades. She has a superb ability to combine her razor-sharp legal mind with a deep compassion and understanding for the accused in a criminal trial. She is the person other criminal defense lawyers would call if they were in trouble. She can do it all, trial and appeal, federal and state."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Rosa Eliades is one of the best trial and appellate lawyers in Houston. I have known her and her work for over 10 years and know her to be diligent, honest and exceptionally talented."
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Chicago Criminal defense Lawyer Rosa Alexander Eliades
Rosa Alexander Eliades
Criminal defense Attorney
Chicago, IL
Licensed for 31 years