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After my career as an Assistant U.S. Attorney and Assistant District Attorney, I was chosen as Texas SuperLawyer for 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011.  I have been selected Top 100 Trial Attorneys in Texas from 2007 - 2012, and I was highlighted in Forbes Magazine as the White Collar Defense Attorney for the Dallas-Fort Worth Area for 2010 and 2011.  I have been an officer in the Federal Bar Association, Dallas Chapter. I have tried over 100 jury trials and my results as a defense attorney speak for themselves. See my websites at and


I focus on criminal defense and government investigations in federal court and in state court, and have made appearances on CNN, Court TV, and many local television stations.  I have been quoted in TIme Magazine and have been highlightedin Forbes Magazine as the white-collar crime defense attorney for the Dallas/Fort Worth area.


Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 100%



Retainer (always)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

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Contact info

Law Office of John R. Teakell

2911 Turtle Creek Blvd.
Suite 300
Dallas, TX, 75219


TXEligible To Practice In Texas 199008/17/2016
OKAuthorized to practice law198504/14/2010
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top 100 Trial Lawyers in TexasAmerican Trial Lawyers Association2012
Texas Super LawyerTexas Monthly Magazine2011
Top 100 Trial Lawyers in TexasAmerican Trial Lawyers Association2011
Highlighted as White Collard Defense Attorney - D/FW AreaForbes Magazine2011
Top 100 Trial Lawyers in TexasAmerican Trial Lawyers Association2010
Texas Super LawyerTexas Monthly Magazine2010
Highlighted as White Collar Defense AttorneyForbes Magazine2010
Texas SuperLawyerTexas Monthly Magazine2009
Top 100 Trial Attorneys in TexasAmerican Trial Lawyers Association (ATLA)2009
Texas SuperLawyerTexas Monthly Magazine2008
Texas Super LawyerN/A2007
Texas Super LawyerN/A2006
Texas Super LawyerN/A2005
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
CounselLaw Office of John R. Teakell2003 - Present
Trial AttorneyU.S. Securities and Exchange Commission2000 - 2002
Assistant U.S. AttorneyU.S. Attorney's Office1997 - 2000
Assistant U.S. AttorneyU.S. Attorney's Office1988 - 1997
Assistant District AttorneyDistrict Attorney's Office1985 - 1988
Association namePosition nameDuration
Federal Bar Association, Dallas ChapterTreasurer2004 - Present
Association of Former SEC AttorneysMemberN/A
Dallas Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
Dallas Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Association of Federal Defense AttorneysMemberN/A
Tarrant County Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMemberN/A
Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Tarrant County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Oklahoma City University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1985
Oklahoma State University, StillwaterN/ABS - Bachelor of Science1979
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Federal Criminal DefenseOverview of Federal Criminal Defense2011
Spring Criminal Defense SeminarAdam Walsh Act2008
Criminal Law SeminarAdam Walsh Act2007
Criminal Law SeminarParallel Proceedings - Criminal Investigations, Civil Cases and the Fifth Amendment2006
Securities Law SectionParallel Proceedings in Criminal Actions and Civil Cases2005
Criminal Law Section MeetingParallel Defenses in Criminal and Civil Cases2004
UnKnownAggressive Criminal Defense in Texas2003