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About me

I value my clients and aggressively defend their rights.  I strive to resolve issues quickly with the least amount of expense.  Usually, by the end of the case, my clients consider me not only as their lawyer, but also as their friend. 

I am licensed to practice in all Illinois Courts, the US Court of Appeals -7th Circuit, and before the  United States Supreme Court.



Languages spoken: English, Greek

Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 95%
    22 years, 2.2 thousand cases
  2. Bankruptcy: 5%
    22 years, 700 cases



Fixed (always), Free consultation (15 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

17 total 

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  • Dan M. Tsataros

    John is an outstanding attorney who zealously and passionately represents his clients in a professional manner!


    Dan Tsataros Criminal defense Attorney
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  • Benjamin Robert Lawson

    I endorse this lawyer. John's advice is thoughtful and thorough.


    Benjamin Lawson DUI and DWI Attorney
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Contact info

Legal Defenders, PC

Triangle Plaza- West Tower - Near O'Hare Airport
8700 W. Bryn Mawr Ave., Suite 1300
Chicago, IL, 60631


ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law199405/11/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top 100 Criminal Defense Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers2016
10 Best for Client SatisfactionAmerican Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys2016
Rated as Superb AttorneyAvvo2016
Rated as Excellent AttorneyAvvo2014
Clients' Choice AwardAvvo2012
Graduate ScholarshipNortheastern Illinois Univeristy1990
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Attorney / PartnerLegal Defenders, P.C.2004 - Present
Attorney / PartnerChicago Lawyers Group, PC1995 - 2004
Association namePosition nameDuration
Chicago Bar AssociationMember2008 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1994 - 1998
Hellenic Bar Association at WMU Cooley Law SchoolPresident1993 - 1994
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State v. B.R.Case Dismissed
State V. DOFelonies reduced to a single misdemeanor without a criminal conviction.
State of Illinois V. NDDUI charges reduced / Drivers License Reinstated
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Publication nameTitleDate
Legal Defenders BlobSecond Chance Probation - A Primer2014
Legal Defenders, PCChicago Criminal Attorneys Blog2014
Legal Defenders BlogTAN Card and Concealed Weapons in Illinois2012
Legal Defenders BlogCook County Felony Deferred Prosecution Program2012
Chicago Area Criminal Defense AttorneysChicago Police Posting Pictures Online2011
Chicago Criminal Area AttorneysTASC and Drug Probation - A Primer2011
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Northeastern Illinois UniversityInternational RelationsMA - Masters1997
Thomas M. Cooley Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1994
Northeastern Illinois UniversityPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1990
Lane Tech High SchoolCollege PrepHigh School Diploma1986
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Lincoln Park High SchoolCriminal Law Issues2008
Mayor Daley's Kid Start ProgramCriminal Law issues2007