Allan A. Ackerman

Top rated appellate attorney in Chicago, Illinois

Allan A. Ackerman PC
Allan A. Ackerman
Allan A. Ackerman PC

Practice Areas: Appellate, Criminal defense

Licensed in Illinois since: 1961

Education: The John Marshall Law School

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2023

Allan A. Ackerman PC

19 South LaSalle
Suite 502
Chicago, IL 60603 Phone: 312-332-2891 Email: Allan A. Ackerman Visit website


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 225 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. Weller, 17  CR 643 (acquitted of triple money laundering charges in prosecution involving insider stock trading); People v. Barker, App. No. 1-19-2588 (pending appeal challenging State Grand Jury proceedings under Illinois Due Process grounds where defendant charged/convicted of attempted "grooming" of a 15-year old girl); People v. Sopron, 96 CR 26471 (lengthy Cook County postconviction proceedings where defendant "framed" concerning his double murder life sentence, on 12/18/18, defendant's charges were dismissed and his record expunged); People v. Buschauer, (pending Cook County appeal App. No. 1-19-2472 challenging defendant's first degree murder conviction where police and prosecutors questioned defendant while intentionally deceiving him regarding a previously issued no bail/first degree murder arrest warrant concerning his wife's whirlpool drowning death 13-years earlier).

First Admitted: 1961, Illinois

Professional Webpage:

Other Outstanding Achievements:
  • TOP Attorneys in Illinois, Chicago Magazine, February 2022.
Educational Background:
  • Wright Jr. College, University of Chicago, John Marshall Law School
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • To numerous to list
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Frequent assistance to federal and State inmates
Representative Clients:
  • Over 270 appellate and lower court opinions since 1968.
  • Recognized within top 5% of Illinois criminal lawyers since 2005., Illinois Leading Lawyers, Leading Lawyer Network
  • Peer Review, Leading Lawyer Network, Top 5% of Illinois lawyers., Leading Criminal Defense Lawyers, Leading Lawyers Network
  • Recognized by Martindale-Hubbell as AV rated and certified as Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, 2001-2022. ,
  • Recognized for excellence in criminal appellate advocacy, Chicago Magazine-February, 2017-2022, Excellence in Appellate Law, Chicago Magazine
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Illinois Supreme Court Committee on Pattern Criminal Jury Instructions, 2004-2009.
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • See summaries

Office location for Allan A. Ackerman

19 South LaSalle
Suite 502
Chicago, IL 60603


17 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2023

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