Richard J. Dvorak

Top rated Criminal Defense attorney in Willowbrook, Illinois

Dvorak Law Offices, LLC
Richard J. Dvorak
Dvorak Law Offices, LLC

Practice Areas: Criminal Defense, Appellate, Civil Rights; view more

Licensed in Illinois since: 1999

Education: DePaul University College of Law

Languages Spoken: English, Spanish

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2023

Dvorak Law Offices, LLC

6262 Kingery Hwy
Suite 305
Willowbrook, IL 60527 Visit website


Richard J. Dvorak is the founder of Dvorak Law Offices, LLC. Located in Willowbrook, Illinois, he focuses his practice on criminal defense matters at both the trial and appellate levels, providing representation to residents of Cook, DuPage, Will, Lake and Kane counties who have been charged by the state with misdemeanor or felony offenses. The types of matters that Mr. Dvorak has handled have included driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, weapons violations, assault and battery, sex crimes, drug possession and distribution, resisting arrest and homicide. He also has a civil rights practice, where he assists clients who have been the victim of police brutality or other misconduct.

Majoring in journalism and history, Mr. Dvorak attended the University of Wisconsin as an undergraduate, and he received a bachelor's degree in 1993. He then subsequently pursued his legal education at DePaul University College of Law, and he was awarded his Juris Doctor in 1999. Upon his graduation, Mr. Dvorak joined the Law Office of the Cook County Public Defender, where he gained significant bench and jury trial experience before entering private practice.

Admitted to practice before all Illinois state courts, Mr. Dvorak is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit, and the Supreme Court of the United States. Fluent in Spanish, he is a member of the legal advisory board of First Defense Legal Aid, a Chicago-based nonprofit organization that provides free legal assistance to people who are in police custody. He is also a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the National Police Accountability Project.

Practice areas

Criminal Defense, Appellate, Civil Rights, Employment Litigation: Plaintiff

Focus areas

Americans with Disabilities Act, Appeals, Assault & Battery, Criminal Law, Discrimination, False Accusations, Felony, Misdemeanor, Murder, Police Misconduct, Race Discrimination, Sex Offenses

First Admitted: 1999, Illinois

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Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • "Is your Federal Circuit 'Woke'?: An Evaluation of Each Circuit's Use of the Baseless Brady Defense Due Diligence Rule," Civil Rights Litigation and Attorney Fee Handbook, Volume 35 (2019)
  • Civil Rights Settlements – Representing Multiple Plaintiffs in Non-Class Action Lawsuits.” National Police Accountability Project, 2016
  • Prisoners' Rights Project
  • “Section 1983 Brady Claims in the Seventh Circuit – Fair Trial Denied by Concealment of Exculpatory Evidence.” National Police Accountability Project, 2019
  • Author, Michigan Journal of Race & Law, 5 Mich. J. Race & L. 611 (2000), De-Coding' Colorblind Slurs During the Congressional Crack Cocaine Debates
  • Simon v. United States, 361 F.Supp.2d 35, 43, n.9 (E.D. N.Y. 2005)
  • $4.75 Million.  Borys v. Cook County, 15 CV 8973. Settlement for prisoner injured at the Cook County Jail.  $900,000.  Bradford v. City of Chicago, 03 CV 7175.  Settlement for wrongful conviction. $900,000.  Lambert v. Cook County, 08 CV 3613.  Settlement for wrongful death at the Cook County Jail.  $782,250.  Moore v. City of Chicago, 09 CV 2370. Verdict for excessive force. $750,000.  Martin v. Cook County, 06 CV 3946.  Verdict for excessive force. $750,000.  Donahue v. Cook County, 07 CV 4534.  Settlement for excessive force.   $600,000.  E2 Nightclub Litigation. 03 L 008026.  Settlement for personal injuries
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Legal Services Volunteer/Lawndale Christian Legal Center 
  • Legal Services Volunteer/First Defense Legal Aid
  • First Defense Legal Aid (FDLA), Legal Advisory Board  
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Federal Bar Association
  • District of Colorado
  • Northern District of Indiana
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member
  • Illinois Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers    
  • Central District of Illinois, 2017
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois, 1999
  • National Police Accountability Project, Member
  • DuPage County Bar Association
  • Eastern District of Wisconsin, 2014
  • Illinois, 1999
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit, 2007  
  • First Defense Legal Aid, Advisory Board Member
  • Southern District of Illinois, 2014
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2004
  • Sullivan Award (Awarded International Human Rights Internship in Mexico City), 1998
  • Top Lawyers in Illinois, Criminal Defense, Superlawyers, 2015-2016
  • Nation’s Top One Percent of Lawyers, 2015-2019
Educational Background:
  • University of Wisconsin, Major: Journalism and History, 1993

Office location for Richard J. Dvorak

6262 Kingery Hwy
Suite 305
Willowbrook, IL 60527

Phone: 312-815-6663


9 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2023

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