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My name is John M. Delaney, Jr. I have been a lawyer in Madison County since 1981 and have offered legal services to clients as a sole practitioner from my office in East Alton, Illinois, since 1997.   I began my legal career clerking for Judge Joseph Barr in the late 1970's. In 1981, I became assistant state attorney for Madison County, Illinois, working for the Madison County States Attorney until 1985. I gained a considerable amount of trial experience as an assistant state's attorney and an extensive understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of the prosecution's case. I have handled numerous complex felony cases, including 3 murder cases successfully prosecuted. Following that time, I was a Partner/Attorney in the former law firm of Smith, Allen, Mendenhall and Delaney, then located in Alton, Illinois, concentrating on Civil Litigation and Criminal Defense from 1985-1996.

I consider myself and my fellow lawyers to be an integral part of our nation's civil and criminal justice system and I am committed to using my legal skills and experience to uphold your rights and support you through your legal challenges.

Resolve your legal matter with dignity, respect and the protection of your rights. Please call 618-259-0500 or e-mail, our law office for a free consultation for criminal and bankruptcy cases and $50.00 consultation fee for family and divorce cases with an experienced, caring lawyer.


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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 40%
    36 years, 500 cases
  2. Bankruptcy: 20%
    36 years
  3. Family: 20%
    36 years
  4. General Practice: 10%
    36 years
  5. Personal Injury: 10%
    36 years



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  • Randall P. Steele

    I have known John extensively through the years in a multiple arenas of complicated custody and family law issues. He is an accomplished member of the legal community with whom I have the utmost respect for who passionately cares about his clients.


    Randall Steele Personal injury Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

  • William E. Miller III

    John is a former Assistant States Attorney, and has been in private practice for almost 30 years. He has tried over 50 Jury trials and is a very good litigator, and knows how to pick a Jury. Of the 100 attorneys I know, I can honestly say John is the best Criminal Defense Attorney I know. He also is knowledgeable in both Bankruptcy Law, Family Law and General Matters. I heartily endorse John M. Delaney, Jr., Attorney.


    William Miller
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Law Office of John Delaney

346 West Saint Louis Avenue

East Alton, IL, 62024-1148


ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law198105/11/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Member Original Village Board of Trustee'sVillage of Godfrey (1993-1999)1999
1983 Outstanding Young Man of AmericaOutstanding Young Men of America1983
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerLaw Office of John Delaney1996 - Present
PartnerSmith, Allen, Mendenhall & Delaney1985 - 1996
Assistant AttorneyMadison County State's Attorney Office1981 - 1984
Association namePosition nameDuration
Illinois State Bar AssociationMemberN/A
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
People v. William FitzgibbonsNot Guilty
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Publication nameTitleDate
SoftSide Publishing Milford NHSoftSide Magazine Volume 2 No. 011979
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Saint Louis University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1981
Saint Louis UniversityN/AA.B1978
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Criminal Law and ProcedureAssistant Professor Lewis & Clark Community College1986