Ralph E. Meczyk

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Top Rated White Collar Crimes Attorney in Chicago, IL

Ralph E. Meczyk & Associates
 | 33 N. Dearborn, Suite 1830
Chicago, IL 60602
Phone: 312-332-2853
Fax: 312-782-7074
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1977
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense: White Collar (50%),
  • Criminal Defense (50%)
Attorney Profile

Ralph E. Meczyk is the founder of Ralph E. Meczyk & Associates, located in Chicago, Illinois. Providing representation to clients in Cook County and throughout the state, he focuses his practice primarily on criminal defense matters, aggressively advocating for those who have been charged with state or federal offenses including murder, white collar crimes, weapons offenses and drug trafficking. Mr. Meczyk also provides representation to those who have been charged with child pornography and other Internet crimes.

Mr. Meczyk pursued his legal education at the Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology, from where he graduated with his Juris Doctor in 1977. Since that time, he has taken more than 150 cases through to jury trial in both state and federal courts. Mr. Meczyk also has significant experience in bench trials and at motions hearings, winning suppression of evidence in many cases. In 2004, he argued a landmark case involving the Fourth Amendment prohibition against unreasonable searches and seizures before the Supreme Court of the United States.

Certified by the Illinois Supreme Court as lead counsel in death penalty cases, Mr. Meczyk is among a select group of criminal defense attorneys to have earned that distinction. He has obtained significant victories for his clients, including a successful appeal for a man who had been convicted of first-degree murder in 2004. At the defendant's new trial in 2004, Mr. Meczyk's highly aggressive defense strategy led to the man being found not guilty, allowing his client to enjoy freedom again for the first time in years. He also represented a defendant as lead counsel in an organized mob trial that received widespread media coverage.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Criminal Defense: White Collar (50%): White Collar Crime, Criminal Law - Federal

Criminal Defense (50%): Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Felony, Murder, Theft

Focus Areas

White Collar Crime, Criminal Law - Federal, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Felony, Murder, Theft


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Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2020

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About Ralph Meczyk

Admitted: 1977, Illinois

Professional Webpage: http://www.meczyklaw.com/Attorneys/Ralph-E-Meczyk.shtml


  • Selected for "Leading Lawyers of Illinois" in white collar, felony and criminal appeal, Leading Lawyers

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Lead counsel in death penalty cases, Illinois Supreme Court

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • United States Supreme Court (briefed and argued Illinois v. Caballes)
  • Panel Member (United States Federal Defender's Office, Northern District of Illinois) Appointed to cases and trial counsel by the U.S. District Court, 1986
  • U.S. District for the Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit
  • Assistant Cook County Public Defender, 1977
  • United States Disctrict Court for the District of Columbia, 2005
  • Federal Trial Bar
  • Admitted to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the following Circuits: 11th, 9th, 8th, 6th and 5th
  • Lead counsel for Mr. Anthony Doyle, Nationally covered Family Secrets mob trial
  • Illinois Capital Litigation Trial Bar (1st Chair)

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Lecturer, Trial Advocacy Seminar, Chicago Kent College Of Law
  • Lecturer, Expert Witness Seminar, Decalogue Society Of Lawyers
  • C.L.E. Lecturer, Update Federal Criminal Law
  • Lecturer, Killer Cross Examination, Chicago Bar Association
  • Moot Court Judge and Coach, Chicago Kent College Of Law
  • Lecturer, Search and Seizure Seminar, Chicago Bar Association
  • Featured Speaker, Search and Seizure, Chicago Bar Association, Constitutional Law Committee


  • Illinois v. Caballes, U.S. Supreme Court, 2004
  • People v. Drew Peterson (First Degree Murder)
  • People v. David and Cynthia Dowaliby
  • USA v. Calabrese, et al. (RICO Prosecution) Chicago Police Officer Anthony Doyle- Family Secrets Trial
  • People v. Isaac Martinez, Not Guilty of First Degree Murder
  • People v. Elster Ratliff (Solicitation-Murder for Hire)

Representative Clients:

  • Mr. Christopher Figueroa
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Office Location for Ralph E. Meczyk

33 N. Dearborn
Suite 1830
Chicago, IL 60602

Phone: 312-332-2853

Fax: 312-782-7074

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Last Updated: 9/19/2019

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