Allan A. Ackerman

Allan A. Ackerman

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Chicago, IL

Allan A. Ackerman PC
 | 19 South LaSalle, Suite 502
Chicago, IL 60603
Phone: 312-332-2891
Fax: 312-750-1595
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1961
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense (50%),
  • Appellate (50%)
Attorney Profile

Nationally recognized and respected, Allan Ackerman practices almost exclusively in the area of criminal defense, both at the trial and appellate levels. As a trial lawyer, he has successfully defended some of the country’s most problematic cases, including major racketeering (RICO), drug, and white-collar prosecutions.

As an appellate advocate, he has successfully briefed and argued over 220 appeals including cases before the United States Supreme Court, the Illinois Supreme Court, and several federal and Illinois appellate courts. In addition, Mr. Ackerman's work has been the subject of study in law schools throughout the nation.

Examples of recent appeals and post conviction cases: U.S. v. Peugh, 675 F.3d 736 (7th Cir. 2012), reversed, Peugh v. U.S., 133 S.Ct. 2072 (Ex Post Facto means USSG Guidelines on offense date controlling); U.S. v. Hargrove, 579 F.3d 752 (7th Cir. 2009)(Hargrove v. U.S., 130 S.Ct. 3543 (GVR 2010 –vacating mail/wire fraud "honest services" convictions); U.S. v. Lee, 558 F.3d 638 (7th Cir. 2009) (reversing money laundering/ custodial sentence vacated, probation on remand); People v. Hernandez, 231 Ill.2d 134 (2008)(murder solicitation reversed based on attorney-conflict of interest – on post conviction); U.S. v. Cain, 10 CR 50019 (§2255 resulted in defendant's 12 year federal sentence being reduced to 6 years on 12/2/15); People v. Griebahn, App. No. 1-17-1693 (pending appeal challenging validity of anticipatory search warrant in drug prosecution); People v. Miner, 10 CF 56 (Iroquois County) (on 8/2/12 multiple felony weapon, et seq., dismissed after extensive pretrial filings); People v. Brown, 839 N.E.2d 596 (1st Dist. 2006) (after unsuccessful direct appeal, P.C. relief granted on 2/17/09 based on ineffective trial counsel  – 15 year sentence vacated/defendant released); People v. Smith (after 10 years of litigation concerning defendant's failure to return to prison after unsuccessful direct appeal, on 9/16/09, P.C. relief granted and defendant's sentence vacated).

About Allan Ackerman

Admitted: 1961, Illinois


  • Recognized by Martindale-Hubbell as AV rated and certified as Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, 2001-2017. 
  • Recognized for excellence in criminal appellate advocacy, Chicago Magazine-February, 2017/2018, Excellence in Appellate Law, Chicago Magazine
  • Peer Review, Leading Lawyer Network, Top 5% of Illinois lawyers., Leading Criminal Defense Lawyers, Leading Lawyers Network
  • Recognized within top 5% of Illinois criminal lawyers since 2005., Illinois Leading Lawyers, Leading Lawyer Network

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • See summaries

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Illinois Supreme Court Committee on Pattern Criminal Jury Instructions, 2004-2009.

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Frequent assistance to federal and State inmates

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • To numerous to list

Representative Clients:

  • Over 250 appellate and lower court opinions since 1968.

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • TOP Attorneys in Illinois, Chicago Magazine, February 2018.

Educational Background:

  • Wright Jr. College, University of Chicago, John Marshall Law School
Office Location for Allan A. Ackerman

19 South LaSalle
Suite 502
Chicago, IL 60603

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Last Updated: 11/16/2018

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