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Nationally recognized and respected for innovative and ingenious defense strategies, Allan A. 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/or argued countless cases before the United States Supreme Court and most federal appellate courts.
Deemed an expert on the presentation of federal and state constitutional issues as they relate to an accused, his work is the subject of study in law schools throughout the nation and has been covered by both the local and national media, including the Chicago Tribune , Time magazine, and the Wall Street Journal . He occasionally lectures on trial and appellate practice to law students and attorneys.
Notable Cases and Results:
A smattering of the reported and unreported U.S. Supreme and Illinois Supreme and Appellate Court decisions from 1968 to date include:
Hargrove v. United States, 130 S.Ct. 3543 (GVR, 2010; honest services; USCA 7 reversed, case below, 579 F.3d 752 (2009));
Saladino v. United States, 125 S.Ct. 1862 (GVR, 2005) (vacating USCA 7 unpublished affirmation concerning sentencing);
Illinois v. Gates, 462 U.S. 213 (1983) (briefing on behalf of Gates; appeared with counsel of record during oral argument);
United States v. Loutos, 383 F.3d 615 (7th Cir. 2004) (reversed with time served on remand).
Illinois Supreme Court:
People v. Wegner, 40 Ill.2d 28 (1968);
People v. Hernandez, 231 Ill.2d 134 (2008) (reversing based on conflict of interest concerning defense counsel);
People v. Chaney, 63 Ill.2d 216 (1976);
People v. McCullum, 66 Ill.2d 306 (1977);
People v. Sopron, PLA pending, No. 100999;
Illinois Appellate reversals include:
People v. Taglia, 113 Ill.App.3d 260 (1st Dist. 1983) (murder conviction reversed);
People v. French, 1-00-2840 (Rule 23 reversed, August 28, 2001);
People v. Marble, 1-00-4131 (Rule 23 reversed, May 23, 2002);
People ex rel Chicago v. Hollins, et al., 368 Ill.App.3d 934 (1st Dist. 2006) (remanding for trial before new judge).
Recent post-conviction cases include:
Illinois v. Brown, 02 CR 10505 (after appellate court affirmed 15-year sentence, post-conviction court vacated conviction based on ineffective assistance of trial counsel 'time served' 2/17/09);
United States v. Baxter, 07 CV 4604 (2-year prison sentence vacated based on ineffective assistance of sentencing counsel 'probation' 6/24/09).
U.S. Supreme Court, 1978
U.S. Court of Appeals , 1st Circuit 1978
U.S. Court of Appeals, 4th Circuit, 1978
U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit, 1985
U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit, 1991
U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit, 1972
U.S. Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit, 1986
U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit, 1995
U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit, 1987
Multiple U.S. Dist. Ct. Admissions
For start-completion trial or appellate representation, flat-fee based on nature of case.
Year of Birth: 1937
Additional languages spoken:
The John Marshall School of Law, J.D. 1961
Law School Honors/Involvement:
Federal and Illinois constitutional law
University of Chicago; Wright Jr. College
Mr. Ackerman represents clients accused of the full range of federal and state criminal offenses, including RICO and drug offenses, IRS violations, fraud, embezzlement, murder, arson, bribery, illegal gambling activities, white collar crimes, and other offenses. He eschews identifying his clients unless their names appear in the media, or within federal or state published or unpublished opinions. He has also occasionally represented either plaintiffs and defendants in federal civil rights cases, including Title VII employment discrimination litigation.
Allan A. Ackerman, P.C., sole practitioner, 1985-present,
Ackerman & Egan, partner, 1977-1985
Ackerman, Durkin & Egan, partner, 1969-77
Sole practitioner, 1961-1969
Bar/Professional Association Involvement:
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
American Trial Lawyers Association
American Bar Association
Chicago Bar Association
Illinois State Bar Association
Fifth and Seventh Circuit Bar Associations
Federal Bar Association
Illinois Supreme Court appointment on IPI Criminal Jury Instruction Committee
Awards; Honors; Distinctions:
Leading Lawyer, Law Bulletin Media, 2005-present
Old Town Chamber of Merchants Association, Chicago
Published Legal Writing:
In addition to participating in approximately 200 federal and Illinois appeals since 1967, Mr. Ackerman has had articles published in the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, Chicago Bar Journal, Illinois Bar Journal, and various bar association newsletters and NACDL publications.
Past lectures on cross-examination and appellate practice for NACDL; also lectured on appellate practice at DePaul and Kent Law Schools.