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John Dearden Donlevy

Criminal defense Attorney at Chicago, IL

5.0   3 reviews
  • State Years
    Illinois - IL 66 years
    Indiana - IN 15 years
  • Licensed for 66 years
    State IL
    Acquired 1957
    Active and Authorized to Practice Law No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 15 years
    State IN
    Acquired 2009
    Temporary Admission Excluded No misconduct found

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

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I place a strong emphasis on providing my clients with personalized attention and responsive legal service. I treat every client with respect, care and compassion and work my hardest to develop innovative and winning strategies for each client’s legal problems.


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John D. Donlevy
212 West Washington Street # 1504
Chicago, IL, 60606-3430


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Posted by Denise | December 22, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Bewildered By The Law
While driving a manual in bumper to bumper rush hour traffic on a Chicago expressway, I inadvertently hit a solid white line and was pulled over by a Chicago police. In the citation process, I realized in changing purses; I did not transfer my wallet. The cop impounded the car, put me in my handcuffs, and off to Pulaski station, I went. I was told as there is no women's lockup, I would be taken to Cook County Jail. Thank goodness for law enforcement blood ties; eventually, I was released. Now facing two charges, I was bewildered. Could I not simply retrieve my license and pay the ticket. No, it became necessary to retain a Criminal Attorney. I selected John Donlevy. John is knowledgeable, thorough, and gives 110% to his clients. I resided out of town to compound matters, and the Judge was insistent I appear in court. Why? John went to each court hearing relentless in my defense, and eventually, the Judge relented, bringing my case to a resolution with me never stepping foot in the courtroom. I was relieved and more than pleased with Attorney John Donlevy's representation and would refer him without question.
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Posted by Wade | June 29, 2015
Long distance help received
I live in NYC and had a situation that required a lawyer in Chicago to resolve it. My niece in Chicago recommended Mr. Donlevy and I could not be more satisfied with the result. Mr. Donlevy communicated regularly and took care of every detail at what I considered a fair price. The process took over a year to reach completion but there was never a time when I was in doubt as to how things were proceeding. In the end the matter was resolved. I highly recommend Mr. Donlevy if your looking for a more than competent professional to handle your legal problems.
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Posted by anonymous | May 21, 2015
I had John clean up my arrest and conviction records from decades past and prepare the forms and documentation necessary for me to travel to Canada. He thoroughly researched the international laws pertaining to my case and crafted a solution that permanently solved my problems. If you have a complicated situation with many relevant parts to address, I would recommend John Donlevy.
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AVVO RATING 9.9 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Principle
  • Law Offices of John D. Donlevy
  • 1990 - Present


  • University of Chicago Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1957
  • Northwestern University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1954
  • Stanford University
  • Two (2) years
  • N/A

Sample of Legal Cases

  • United States v Sodini
  • Probation for client


  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Criminal Law Committee
  • N/A
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Chairman
  • 1993 - 1994
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2021
  • Listed
  • Who's Who In American Law
  • 2015
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Who' Who in America
  • Who's Who in America
  • 2015
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  • CBA Record
  • The Sixth Amendment Right to Counsel:Does Miranda Suffice?
  • 1988

Attorney endorsements

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Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse Mr. Donlevy. Truly exceptional and caring attorney who produces great results in representing clients! I want all people with legal problems to contact him first."
Business Attorney | Aug 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"John Donlevy is a very thorough and competent professional who always has his client’s best interest in mind. I have worked with him personally on several cases. He has a great knowledge of the law and his writing is excellent. John is a solid lawyer and I look forward to working with him again in the future."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"John is an outstanding criminal defense attorney. He safeguards the constitutional rights of his clients. John gets great outcomes in his cases. He is a seasoned professional."

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Chicago Criminal defense Lawyer John Dearden Donlevy
John Dearden Donlevy
Criminal defense Attorney
Chicago, IL
Licensed for 66 years