John R. DeLeon

Top rated Criminal Defense attorney in Chicago, Illinois

John DeLeon & Associates
John R. DeLeon
John DeLeon & Associates

Practice Areas: Criminal Defense, Appellate; view more

Licensed in Illinois since: 1977

Education: DePaul University College of Law

Languages Spoken: English, Spanish

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2015, 2020 - 2024

John DeLeon & Associates

1016 W. Jackson Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60607 Visit website


As founder of John DeLeon & Associates, John R. DeLeon is dedicated to representing the rights of people in Chicago, Illinois, and throughout the surrounding area. He focuses his practice on handling cases that involve criminal defense matters and civil rights violations.

Mr. DeLeon earned his law degree from the DePaul University College of Law.

An arrest alone can cause a host of problems for the accused. Having even a slight blemish on a criminal record can prevent someone from finding decent housing or meaningful employment. Misdemeanor and felony convictions carry even more implications, resulting in an array of consequences such as jail time, fines and loss of driving privileges.

Having four decades of experience as an attorney has given Mr. DeLeon the litigation skills necessary for successfully defending a client. He understands every aspect of criminal proceedings, from the procedures law enforcement members are required to follow during an arrest, to the trial to an appeal. Taking an aggressive approach to defense, Mr. DeLeon has built a track record of getting charges reduced or dismissed and securing minimized sentences.

A solid defense requires legal savvy and outside-the-box thinking. Mr. DeLeon is adept at recreating the scene of a crime to poke holes in the prosecutor’s argument. He uses expert testimony and eyewitness accounts to uphold his client’s position. Mr. DeLeon is committed to securing the best possible outcome for people facing criminal charges. 

Practice areas

Criminal Defense, Appellate

Focus areas

Appeals, Arrest & Arraignment, Assault & Battery, Criminal Domestic Violence, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Expungement, False Accusations, Felony, Murder, Sex Offenses, Theft

First Admitted: 1977, Illinois

Professional Webpage:

  • President's Award, Mexican American Lawyers Association , 1984
  • Guardian Angel Award, El Centro de la Causa, 2001
  • Community Service Award, L.U.L.A.C. , 1988
  • Community Service Award, Metro Chicago Youth for Christ , 1996
  • Attorney of the Year Award, Mexican American Lawyers Association , 1985
  • Man of the Year, St. Francis of Assisi Wildcats Community Group, 2008
  • Hispanic Legal Service Award, Kent College of Law, 1991

Office location for John R. DeLeon

1016 W. Jackson Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60607

Phone: 312-702-1831


16 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2015, 2020 - 2024

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