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John Donlevy

30 n lasalle st ste 2040
Chicago IL 60602
(312) 201-0227

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Law offices of John D Donlevy

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John D. Donlevy

Practice Areas: Driving While Intoxicated; Expungements; Federal Criminal Law; Felonies; Criminal Defense; Drivers License Suspension; Misdemeanors; Sex Crimes; Shoplifting; Stalking; Theft; Traffic Violations; Murder; Civil Appeals; Criminal Appeals; Business and Tort Litigation; ARDC Cases.

Admitted: 1957, Illinois; U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois; U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit; U.S. Supreme Court

Law School: University of Chicago, J.D., 1957

College: Stanford University, Northwestern University, B.S., 1954

Member: Chicago, (Defense of Prisoners Committee; Chair, 1993-1994), Illinois State and American Bar Associations.

Biography: Listed in: Who's Who in America; Who's Who in American Law; The American Bar, 2007-2008. Awarded the highest rating from Martindale-Hubbell. Assistant State's Attorney, Cook County, Illinois (Criminal Division), 1958-1961. City Prosecutor, Evanston, Illinois, 1961. Mayer Brown & Platt, n/k/a Mayer, Brown LLP, Chicago, 1962-1990 (Partner, 1973-1990). Author: "The Sixth Amendment Right to Counsel: Does Miranda Suffice?", Vol. 2, <i>CBA Record,</i></b> p. 13, 1988; "Vocational Rehabilitation Needs Legislative Rehabilitation", Vol. 1, <i>CBA Record,</i></b> p. 28, 1987. Profiled, <i>Illinois Police and Sheriffs News,</i></b> Fall 1995 ed., p. 4. Listed, The American Bar (, 2008 Ed.

ISLN: 907803575

Please Call: 312-201-0227

Firm Overview

As noted in the background sketch, my legal experience involves court proceedings. I deal on a regular basis with judges, juries, prosecutors and opposing lawyers. I consider preparation of critical importance. Much of my work involves criminal cases in federal and state courts, although I am active in and have considerable experience with civil litigation.  I am a sole practitioner, but associate with other counsel as the need arises.

Trial Experience

Commercial and general litigation:

Represented insurance companies in defending disability and death claims; represented national bank in litigation under Uniform Commercial Code; representing corporate clients defending antitrust actions; prosecuted and defended contract, workers' compensation, personal injury and wrongful death actions; supervised wage deduction/garnishment, fair trade enforcement and workers' compensation practices at Mayer, Brown & Platt. Representative cases: New York Life v. Saikin, 45 Ill App 3d 1019, 360 NE2d 413 (1st Dist 1977) (unauthorized policy loans); Weit v Continental Illinois Bank, 467 F Supp 197, 478 F Supp 285, 641 F2d 457 (7th Cir 1981), cert den'd, 455 US 988, reh den'd, 456 US 938 (1982), MasterCard antitrust class action; Sheet Metal Antitrust Litigation, involving defense of criminal and civil cases in state and federal courts, with defendants charged with price-fixing and bid-rigging on public sheet metal projects ; Peterson v Sealed Air Corp., 902 F2d 1232 (7th Cir 1990), wrongful death (chemical exposure); defended multiple count fraud/fiduciary beach action involving 3 1/2 week trial before Chancery Division (Cook County), including Illinois Appellate Court and Illinois Supreme Court appeals (2000).


Stanford University, 1950 to 1952.

Northwestern University, B.S. 1954.

University of Chicago Law School, J.D. 1957.


Assistant State's Attorney of Cook County, Illinois (Criminal Division) 1957-1960, assigned to misdemeanor and felony courtrooms

City Prosecutor of Evanston, Illinois, 1960-1961.

Associate and Partner - Mayer Brown & Platt (now Mayer, Brown LLP, Chicago, Illinois, 1962-1990)

Sole Practitioner, 1990 to present.


Chicago, Illinois

30 North La Salle Street, Suite 2040
Chicago, Illinois 60602-2506

Telephone: 312-201-0227   

Fax: 312-236-6906

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