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Justice will only exist where those not affected by injustice are filled with the same amount of indignation as those offended. Plato

  This  principle defines the foundation of our law office practice in the areas of criminal law and U.S. Immigration practice. Our office forges a solid relationship with a client to address exact legal issues and explore legally appropriate options reasonably applicable for the client's particular situation.


Our practice initiates an accurate legal assessment using developed practical expertise analyzing relevant facts and developing case objectives to fit  the client's present factual circumstances.


Ernest Hemingway noted " Now is not time to think of what you do not have. Think of what you can do with what there is." Our law office embraces this maxim using all available legal means at our disposal.  We advocate a socially responsible and just approach to handle a legal matter because we strive to achieve a fair result relying on the firm’s good reputation.


We communicate in English.Russian and Ukrainian languages.

Additionally, our office  performs professional certified translations of any documents in the above languages, notarizes them and prepares internationally recognized Apostilles for the countries  signatories of the Hague Convention of 5 October 1961 upon request. We look forward to assisting your legal needs.


Attorney Alexander Ivakhnenko




Languages spoken: Ukrainian, Russian, English

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Practice areas


  1. Immigration: 45%
    11 years
  2. Criminal Defense: 45%
    11 years
  3. Asylum: 10%
    11 years



Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (always)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

Attorney endorsements

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  • Ross Brenton Russell

    Alexander is an exceptional attorney. He has dedicated his practice to representing those that are in the most delicate and burdensome situations. His service to the underserved members of the community are admirable. I endorse this lawyer.


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  • Ghazal Mehrani

    I cannot more highly recommend Attorney Alexander M. Ivakhnenko. He has a wealth of knowledge on the subjects of criminal law and immigration law. Indeed, attorney Ivakhnenko lives and breaths the law.


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Contact info

by appointment only

2041 West Division Street
Suite Betancourt
Chicago, IL, 60622


ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law200605/11/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top Contibutor Award 2016Avvo2016
Alumni Sharing KnowledgeDePaul University2015
Top 40 Criminal Defense lawyers in Illinois for 2016The American Society of Legal Advocates2015
Clients' Choice Award for 2013Avvo2013
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Principal AttorneyLaw Offices of Alexander Ivakhnenko2007 - Present
Discovery Legal AssistantGenson & Gillespie2006 - 2007
Association namePosition nameDuration
DePaul Chicagoland Chapter Committeemember2015 - Present
National Cultural Heritage Law Moot Court Competitionpresiding judge2015 - Present
Cook CountyNotary Public2014 - Present
DePaul Alumni UniversityVolunteer Attorney2014 - Present
DePaul College of Law Alumni RelationsGuest Speaker2013 - Present
National Geographic SocietySupporting Member2007 - Present
US Federal Appellate Court 7th CircuitAdmitted2007 - Present
US Supreme CourtAdmitted2007 - Present
US Federal Trial CourtAttorney2007 - Present
CBA Immigration Law Committeeattending member2007 - Present
CBA Criminal Law Committeeattending member2007 - Present
Chicago Bar AssociationN/A2001 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Barbara Gruttier, Petitioner v. Lee Bollingerthe affirmative action admissions policy upheld
US Immigration Court Removal proceedingsSuccessfully gained refugee status after the federal court hearing
In the Matter of S. FThe client received Lawful Permanent Card
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Publication nameTitleDate
Avvo StoriesIs it legal to flip off a cop?2015
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
CLE courseLawcontinuing legal education2015
DePaul University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2005
Loyola University Chicago School of LawLawU.S. Refugee law. Rome, Italy2004
Touro College - Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law CenterLawComparative, international law. Moscow, Russia2002
University of LinguisticsLanguagesMA in Linguistics1989
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
National Heritage Moot court judgingDePaul University Moot Cout judge2014
Judicial Evaluations CommitteeAppointed CBA Member2014
Specifics of immigration practiceMentoring DePaul attorneys2013
DePaul Moot Court Competitionselected presiding judge2013
The Second Russian American Child Welfare ForumAdministrative Participant2012
International Judicial ExchangeOpen World Program2012
Expert witness testimony on the federal discovery compiledExpert witness2012
International Judicial ExchangeOpen World Program2011
DePaul Moot Court Competitionpresiding chief judge2011
Professional visitinternational law update2010
Open World ProgramLiaison attorney and communcator2010
Criminal Justice fall classJuvenile criminal aspects2010
Criminal Justice and its practical applicationsa lecture on practical points of criminal justice principles2010
ChicataLegal Responsibilities and Professional Negotiation for Translators and interpreters2010
Boston Open WorldOpen World Judicial Program liaison2010
MLER tutor at Northwestern Universityessay writing tutoring for the Illinois bar exam preparation2009
Jessup International Moot Court judgingInternational semi final rounds2009