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John George Steckel

Criminal defense Attorney at Rock Island, IL

3.8   11 reviews

also known as John Steckel

  • State Years
    Illinois - IL 23 years
    Iowa - IA 26 years
  • Licensed for 23 years
    State IL
    Acquired 2000
    Status
    Not Authorized To Practice Law Due To Discipline Lawyer disciplined by state licensing authority in 2019
  • Licensed for 26 years
    State IA
    Acquired 1997
    Status
    Suspended Lawyer disciplined by state licensing authority in 2020

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2020. See details

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Location

Steckel Law
2100 18th Avenue
Suite 5
Rock Island, IL, 61201-8019

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Reviews

3.8 / 5.0
  11 customer reviews
Posted by anonymous | July 17, 2015
Successful Divorce
Attorney John Steckel resolved my divorce in approximately 4 months. What could have been an overwhelming process was handled quickly and efficiently by the team at Steckel Law.
Posted by anonymous | December 7, 2014
YES! So happy right now!
I was injured while riding on the back of my boyfriend's motorcycle. A car ran a red light and hit us dead on in the middle of an intersection. My man was fine but I got hurt. I flew off the bike and broke my collarbone and had some serious road rash. Even though I wasn't insured, Mr. Steckel still took my case. In the end, all my medical bills were paid, my man got a new Harley, and I was able to pay off my student loans! It did take some time but it was well worth the wait.
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Posted by anonymous | August 21, 2014
John Steckel is hands down the best criminal defense attorney in the Quad Cities.
John Steckel helped me on so many levels and got me out of so much trouble. I shopped around and and I know wholeheartedly that I made the right decision in retaining Mr. Steckel to help me in my DUI cases. I have my license today because of John Steckel!
Posted by anonymous | January 31, 2013
Outstanding Attorney -- Excellent Guidance
Hired John to handle my sons DUI case, John did a excellent job was very honest. John is well experienced told us exactly what to expect and that was exactly what happened, He charged us exactly what he told us. And gave expert advise and guidance to steer us through a messy time to a positive outcome. Thank You again Mr. Steckel
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Posted by Kristen | January 11, 2013
Excellent Lawyer - Highly Recommend!
John Steckel represented me three times and was a fantastic lawyer. He was very upfront and honest and great to work with. I recommend him to everyone who asks the question "anyone know a good lawyer?" 5 out of 5 stars for sure! If I still lived in the area, I would continue to use him.
Posted by anonymous | October 25, 2012
GREAT ATTORNEY-HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!!
I have been a client of John Steckel's for 3 years now. Could not be HAPPIER with my outcomes. I have used him for two criminal cases and a very bad custody case. John never made a promise that he couldn't keep. He gave me the good and bad about the cases never left me in the dark even if it was something I didn't want to hear. I would recomend John to any person needing an attorney. 5 STARS FROM ME!!!
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Posted by Gilbert | October 26, 2010
John Steckel is an excellent attorney!
John Steckel is an excellent attorney! Over the last 10 years I have used John's services on a number of occasions. He has always been there to go to bat for my interests, and for that I will always be grateful. He is knowledgeable, hard working, and most importantly, honest. In my opinion, these are the most important characteristics of a great lawyer. I have referred countless family members and friends to him over the years and he never disappoints. I will continue to encourage people to seek his counsel if they are ever in need. Keep up the good work John!
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Posted by anonymous | April 25, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Glad I want with John
I hired John for a first offense dui in rock island county. Was a little skeptical at first but the money was well spent. Got the deal I wanted even tho it took a few times he got it done and that's all you can ask for! Would not hesitate to hire again or recommend to anyone
Posted by anonymous | January 31, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
WARNING!!! DO NOT HIRE
I met with John in August 2016 to handle my divorce case. He seemed to be speaking the same language as me and assured me of my equitable rights. I paid him $2000 retainer that day to start the divorce filing. It was three weeks later the papers had not been served or filed to the court. After several attempts to contact him, the 2nd week I was informed he was in Spain. Third week after our meeting filing of divorce went through. Fast forward September, October- NO communication or an understanding of trial dates or hearings. I find out from my now ex husbands attorney that mr. Steckel has been suspended. I coordinate a meeting in his office, this is early November. Meeting with John was disheartening, he was unorganized and in a state of confusion. He appeared to be latargic and on the nod. He asked me where I work three times. I set the expectations about communication and informed him I was aware of his suspension....I told him that attorneys have a responsibility to their clients and he hasn't lived up to that responsibility. He shared with me that some girls in his office had stolen money from him....not sure what that was about?? He assured me he would do better and handle my case. I was sick to my stomach as I was driving home about his lack of professionalism, so I made the decision to hire another attorney and pay more in retainer fees. The new attorney sent Mr. Steckel a letter dismissing him from my case and requesting unused monies from retainer, with itemized charges. After several attempts to contact, we have not heard from John and I still do not have my money, it is now February 2017.
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Posted by anonymous | July 7, 2013
NOT WORTH YOUR MONEY OR TIME
i was a client of John's for over a year and a half, he got lots of money from me and never produced any results. He came unprepared for hearings and was always late, made the judge mad many many times, and was unresponsive when called. I left many many messages and hardly ever returned my calls, He lost me lots of money and time. please search for another person to handle your cases. If i knew what i know now about him, i would have never hired him. This one is not worth any of your time and certainly not worth the money he wants. RUN RUN AWAY FAST
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Posted by Nichole | May 13, 2013
Did nothing but cash my checks
Attorney Steckel charged me an upfront fee to take my case. He repeatedly communicated with me that my issue was almost resolved and I was to "be patient". I even met him at the court house once and he supposedly talked to a judge on my behalf - except I saw and spoke to no one. I paid additional fees for him to file paperwork that he never filed. Then, he stopped replying or communicating with me at all. In the end, I still have the problem I started with - and he has my money. He did nothing; continues to ignore my repeated requests for, at the least, an explanation.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Contingency 33%-33%
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

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AVVO RATING 1.0 (Extreme Caution)

Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2020.

Suspension issued in IA, 2020
updated on 09/14/2021

This means the attorney lost his or her license to practice law for a period of time. The attorney typically returns to practicing law when the suspension expires.

Suspension issued in IA, 2019
updated on 09/14/2021

This means the attorney lost his or her license to practice law for a period of time. The attorney typically returns to practicing law when the suspension expires.

Disbarment by Consent issued in IL, 2019
updated on 05/19/2022

Disbarment on consent means the attorney resigned in order to avoid being disbarred, the most serious penalty for a lawyer.

Suspension for a time certain/ Court order required issued in IL, 2019
updated on 10/16/2019

This type of suspension means an attorney lost his or her license to practice law for a period of time. Once the suspension expires, the attorney must show the Court that he or she has reformed and should be allowed to return to the practice of law.

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Steckel Law
  • 2010 - Present
  • Prosecuting Attorney
  • Marshall County Attorney's Office
  • 1997 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Neppl Law Firm, LTD
  • 2004 - 2010
  • Civil Lititgator
  • VanderGinst Roche & Westensee
  • 1999 - 2004
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Education

  • Creighton University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1997
  • University of Colorado - Boulder
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1993

Associations

  • Rock Island County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2001 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • Iowa State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1997 - Present
  • Iowa Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 1997 - Present
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Associations
  • Member
  • 1997 - Present
  • American Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Zeta Psi Fraternity of North America
  • Founder
  • 1993 - 1997
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Psi Chi Psychology Honor Society
  • Psi Chi Psychology Honor Society
  • 1997
  • Honors: Best Grade
  • Creighton University School of Law
  • 1997
  • Honors: Evidence
  • Creighton University School of Law
  • 1997

Speaking Engagements

  • Moline High School Career Day
  • So you want to be a lawyer?
  • 2002
  • Spring Seminar
  • Search and Seizure Law
  • 1998

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Rock Island Criminal defense Lawyer John George Steckel
John George Steckel
Criminal defense Attorney
Rock Island, IL
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This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2020. See details