Law Offices of John D. Donlevy

Law Offices of John D. Donlevy

Experienced Chicago, Illinois Attorney Committed to Quality Legal Representation

Firm Overview

John D. Donlevy, Attorney at Law represents clients in criminal law, business litigation and appeals
I have many years of experience as a trial lawyer. My legal experience involves court and commission proceedings. I deal on a regular basis with judges, juries, opposing lawyers and prosecutors. Preparation is critical. Much of my work involves criminal cases in federal and state courts, but I have considerable experience in state and federal civil litigation. I am a sole practitioner, but associate with other counsel as the need arises.

My office can help you in the following areas:
-Trial and appellate practice in state and federal courts
-Workers' compensation
-Business litigation
-White collar crime
-Civil fraud
-Criminal defense
-Fiduciary breach
-Drug cases
-Cyber crime
-Traffic offenses

Experienced, knowledgeable and professional Chicago lawyer
I place a strong emphasis on providing my clients with personalized attention and responsive legal service. That means I treat every client with respect, care and compassion and work my hardest to develop innovative and winning strategies for each client's legal problems.

Testimony to my exceptional legal service, integrity and hard work is my AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest recognition possible in the legal industry, for my professionalism and ethics.
Main Office
Main Office
The Monadnock Building
53 West Jackson Blvd., Suite 1224
Chicago  IL  60604
  • 312-201-0227
Criminal Defense
Chicago, Illinois Criminal Defense Attorney
An experienced firm fighting for your rights
If you have been charged with a crime in Illinois, you need an experienced criminal defense attorney on your side. For years, attorney John D. Donlevy has been fighting to defend the rights of clients. I have built my reputation on getting results. I am intimately familiar with all facets of the Illinois criminal justice system, and have the knowledge and skill to make sure you understand your legal options and to guide you through the legal process.

I have represented clients in state and federal courts on charges ranging from minor offenses to serious felonies, including:
-Traffic violations
-Assault and battery
-Possession of drugs
-Theft and larceny
-Cyber crime
-Homicide murder/manslaughter
-Domestic violence
-White collar crime
-And more

When you have charges on your record that you want eliminated, I can help you get those charges sealed or expunged, or represent you in appellate court.

No matter what obstacle has been placed in your way, rest assured that I strive diligently to help you overcome it, and work tenaciously to attain the best possible result for you.

Going the extra mile to ensure your freedom
I go the extra mile to ensure that you get the justice you deserve. I have taken an oath to provide exemplary service, an oath that I am dedicated to honoring. Through meticulous preparation and a firm attention to detail, my efforts are always focused on achieving that goal. I personally speak with witnesses, rifle through police records and examine the alleged crime scene with a fine-toothed comb, if necessary. I also bring in experts who challenge the prosecution and help me prepare trial strategy.

Nothing is more important than your freedom. If you need a defense attorney who is dedicated to your case, contact me today.

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

I have always had a strong interest in innovative criminal defense.

What experience or education distinguishes your lawyers from others?

I have a strong legal background as a graduate of the University of Chicago Law School and a long-time former partner of a major Chicago law firm.

What distinguishes your law firm from others?

Legal schlorship and integrity are of foremost importance.

John D. Donlevy

Practice areas
-General criminal defense
-Business litigation (including fraud and fiduciary breach)
-Workers' compensation
-White collar crime
-Drug crimes
-Crimes of violence
-Sex crimes
-Cyber crime
-Traffic offenses
-Expungement/sealing and post-judgment/post-conviction cases

-U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
-U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
-U.S. Supreme Court

-University of Chicago Law School, J.D
-Northwestern University, B.S.
-Stanford University (2 years)

Associations and memberships
-Chicago (Participant, In-court and criminal law specialty panels; Defense of Prisoners Committee; Chair, 1993 -1994), Illinois State (Member, Sections on: Criminal Justice; Civil Practice and Procedure) and American (Member, Criminal Law Practice Section) Bar Associations
-Astor Terrace Condominium Association (Member, Board of Directors; Former long-term president)
-University Club of Chicago

-Assistant State's Attorney of Cook County, Illinois (Criminal Division) (3 years) assigned to misdemeanor and felony courtrooms
-City Prosecutor of Evanston,lIlinois (1 year)
-Associate and Partner, Mayer Brown & Platt (now Mayer, Brown LLP), Chicago, Illinois, 1962 - 1990
Sole Practitioner, 1990 to present

Biographical details
-Listed in: Who's Who in America; Who's Who in American Law; The American Bar, 2007 - 2008
( 2008 Ed.; Awarded the highest rating (AV) from Martindale-Hubbell. Author: "The
Sixth Amendment Right to Counsel: Does Miranda Suffice?." Vol. 2, CBA Record, p. 13, 1988; "Vocational
-Rehabilitation Needs Legislative Rehabilitation," Vol. 1, CBA Record, p. 28,1987; Profiled, Illinois Police and
Sheriffs News, Fall 1995 ed., p. 4.

Representative cases
-New York Life v. Saikin, 45 III App 3d 1019, 360 NE2d 413 (1st Dist.1977), unauthorized policy loans
-Weit v. Continental Illinois Bank, 467 F Supp 197, 478 F Supp 285,641 F2d 457 (7th Clr 1981), cert den'd, 455 US 988, reh den'd, 456 US 938 (1982), MasterCard antitrust class action
-Sheet Metal Antitrust Litigation, involving defense of criminal and civil cases In state and federal courts, with defendants charged with price-fixing and bid-rigging on public sheet metal projects
-Peterson v. Sealed Air Corp., 902 F2d 1232 (7th Cir 1990), wrongful death (chemical exposure)
-Defense of multiple count fraud/fiduciary breach action (off-track betting case) involving 3 1/2 week trial before Chancery Division (Cook County), including Illinois Appellate Court and Illinois Supreme Court appeals (2000)