John "Jack" Donahue

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Naperville, IL

Donahue Sowa & Magana
 | 1555 Bond Street, Suite 103
Naperville, IL 60563
Phone: 630-505-5200
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2012, 2014 - 2017
Licensed Since: 1971
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense (90%),
  • Appellate (10%)
Attorney Profile

John "Jack" Donahue is a partner at Donahue Sowa & Magana in Naperville, Illinois. With decades of litigation experience, Mr. Donahue focuses his practice on appeals, capital cases, criminal defense, DUI, reckless homicide and sex abuse. He represents clients from all over the Chicago metropolitan area.

Mr. Donahue was educated at Loyola University Chicago, where he obtained his bachelor's degree and his law degree. He has been licensed to practice in all Illinois state courts since 1971 and has more than 40 years of experience litigating complex criminal cases. In 2002, he was certified by the Illinois Supreme Court to defend death penalty cases.

Over the course of his career, Mr. Donohue's accomplishments have earned him many awards and honors. The distinguished attorney peer review service Martindale-Hubbell rated him AV Preeminent,* its highest possible rating. In 2007, he became a laureate of the Illinois State Bar Association, a distinction bestowed only upon a select few attorneys.

A former professor of criminal justice for Triton College, Mr. Donahue has been invited as a guest speaker for numerous organizations throughout the years, including schools and professional associations. He has also authored articles on criminal law topics for a variety of publications.

Mr. Donahue belongs to several professional organizations including the DuPage County Bar Association, the Kane County Bar Association, The Chicago Bar Association, the Illinois State Bar Association, the DuPage County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He serves as charter president of the DuPage County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association and is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.

*AV®, BV®, AV Preeminent® and BV Distinguished® are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings fall into two categories – legal ability and general practice standards.

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Criminal Defense (90%): Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Sex Offenses

Appellate (10%): Appeals

Focus Areas

Criminal Defense: Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Sex Offenses

Appellate: Appeals

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 12 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2012, 2014 - 2017

Certificates and Credentials

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About John Donahue

Admitted 1971, Illinois

Professional Webpage: http://www.dui-criminal-lawyers.com/attorneys/john-donahue

Honors and Awards:

  • Laureate of Illinois State Bar, Illinois State Bar Association, 2007
  • Lawyer of the Year, DuPage County Bar Association, 2000
  • Superlawyers, Chicago Magazine
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Highest Rating, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Highest Rating, Martindale-Hubell
  • Blue Key Honor Society

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Illinois Supreme Court as a Trial Defense Lawyer who is authorized to defend death penalty cases as Lead Counsel, 2002

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Illinois, 1971
  • Criminal Law Committee, Past Chair
  • American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member
  • DuPage County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Charter President, 1978 - 1979
  • DuPage County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Charter President, 1975 - 1976
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Chairman, Criminal Justice Section, 1992 - 1993
  • Chicago Bar Association, Chairman, Criminal Justice Section, 1992 - 1993
  • Kane County Bar Association, Member  
  • DuPage County Bar Association, Chairman, Judiciary Committee, 1992-1993
  • DuPage County Bar Association, President, 1992-1993

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • Guest speaker, Sexual Abuse Seminar, 2003
  • Guest speaker, American Association of Psychiatry & the Law, 2003
  • Guest Speaker, DuPage County Bar on Effective Closing Arguments, 2003
  • Guest Speaker, Kane County Bar Association on Sentencing, 2003
  • Guest speaker, Edward Hospital, 2003
  • Sufficiency of Criminal Complaints: A Separate Standard for Traffic Offenses, Illinois State Bar Section Newsletter, 1988
  • Emergency Blood Tests: New Road Around Fourth Amendment, DuPage Bar Brief, 1992
  • Professor of Criminal Justice, Triton College, 1971 - 1974
  • Guest speaker and Lecturer, Criminal Law, The Lisle Chamber of Commerce

Verdicts and Settlements:

  • King v. Secretary of State Ryan
  • People v. James
  • People v. Marilyn Lemak

Educational Background:

  • Loyola University, Chicago, 1967
Office Location for John "Jack" Donahue

1555 Bond Street
Suite 103
Naperville, IL 60563

Phone: 630-505-5200

 

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Last Updated: 6/14/2016

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