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Dvorak Law Offices Success Stories

Dvorak Law Offices, LLC has handled thousands of criminal matters, and successfully defended numerous serious and high-profile criminal case, from misdemeanors all the way up to murders and Supreme Court appeals.

We have also obtained millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts in civil rights and personal injury cases.

Richard Dvorak is an accomplished appellate lawyer, having practiced in the United States Supreme Court, Illinois Supreme Court, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals and in the various Illinois appellate courts. He has obtained numerous victories for clients on appeal.

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Significant Civil Rights/Personal Injury Victories

$4.75 Million

Deliberate Indifference/ADA Claim

The client was arrested on a misdemeanor, and booked into the Cook County Jail, unable to make bond. He had a seizure disorder, and requested that he be placed on a lower bunk. The Jail doctor wrote him a "lower bunk order" and put it in the hospital computer system. However, this order was not communicated to the Jail's computer system until two days later. By this time, it was too late, as the client that first night in jail had a seizure, fell out of his top bunk, and suffered permanent brain damages. This case involved six experts, and extensive litigation, but eventually we were able to prove that these systematic delays caused the client's serious injuries, giving the County little choice but to settle the case. The $4.75 million settlement will ensure the client gets the future medical care that he will need, and also provides sufficient funds to compensate him for the pain and suffering he suffered as a result of this tragic incident.

$900,000

Coerced Confession/Malicious Prosecution

The client falsely confessed to murder, and then spent six years in prison. Years later, he was exonerated by DNA evidence. The State gave the client $120,000 as compensation. Attorney Richard Dvorak obtained an addition $900,000 settlement from the City of Chicago.

$800,000

Wrongful Death/Deliberate Indifference

The client, an inmate at the Cook County Jail, died as a result of his cell mate beating him to death. There was evidence that the guards’ actions caused significant delay in getting the inmate to the hospital. Mr. Dvorak hired an expert neurologist to give an opinion that the delay in bringing J.L. to the hospital caused or contributed to his death. Shortly after receiving this expert opinion, the Sheriff settled the case for $800,000. This was a significant sum, given the fact that client was not married, did not have any children, he had never been steadily employed, had a drug addiction, and the family had an order of protection out against him at the time of the incident. Because of this, other lawyers had rejected the case, but Mr. Dvorak was not deterred, and ultimately prevailed in getting a significant monetary award for the family.

$787,250

Excessive Force

The Plaintiff, who was partially blind at the time of the incident, was stopped for a curfew violation (despite being 20 years old), but was not able to produce identification. The officers who responded to the scene contend the Plaintiff was resisting arrest and battered the officers, she denied this occurred, and the Plaintiff also alleged she was severely beaten during the incident, causing her to have a detached retina, and a further erosion of her vision. After a six-day jury trial, with expert testimony presented on the Plaintiff's behalf, Attorney Richard Dvorak was able to obtain a $785,000 compensatory verdict on her behalf, along with a $2,250 punitive damages award.

$750,000

Excessive Force

An inmate at the Cook County Jail, who the firm did not represent, severely beat a correctional officer. Twelve Plaintiffs alleged that, in retaliation for the beating, dozens of correctional officers came onto the deck and beat them. The firm represented all twelve inmates. After extensive litigation, the County Board approved a settlement of $750,000, one of the largest non-death excessive force settlements the County has ever approved.

$750,000

Excessive Force

The Plaintiff, a pre-trial detainee at the Cook County Jail, and son of a Chicago police officer, was beaten at the Cook County Jail by several Cook County Jail correctional officers. Also, a high-ranking supervisor was on the scene, but failed to prevent the beating. At trial, the Plaintiff was awarded $25,000 in compensatory damages, but $725,000 in punitive damages, for a total award of $750,000.

$600,000

Negligence/Willful and Wanton Misconduct

Attorney Richard Dvorak represented nine personal injury clients, in relation to the tragedy that occurred at the E2 Nightclub on February 17, 2003, when 21 individuals died, and numerous others were injured, in a stampede at a crowded Chicago nightclub. Mr. Dvorak obtained roughly $600,000 in settlements as compensation for his nine clients.

Significant Criminal Defense Victories

State RICO Act – ALL EVIDENCE SUPPRESSED

People of the State of Illinois v. J.A. (2016) – in the Circuit Court of the Twelfth Judicial Circuit – Will County, Illinois. The Client was charged, along with 25 other defendants, with being a high-ranking member of an alleged RICO drug conspiracy, and the client was being held on a $1 million bond. All the evidence in the case was obtained through wiretapping, approved by a judge. Despite this, Mr. Dvorak was able to convince the judge to grant a motion to suppress all the evidence obtained through from this wiretapping, since the prosecutor who obtained the wiretapping order did not have the legal authority to obtain such an order. The State appealed the court's ruling, and in a 2018 published opinion, the Second District Appellate Court affirmed the judge's decision to suppress the wiretap evidence.

Harassment Through Electronic Communications – ALL CHARGES DISMISSED

People of the State of Illinois v. J.R. (2015) – in the Circuit Court of the Eighteenth Judicial Circuit – Dupage County, Illinois. The client was charged four counts of Harassment Through Electronic Communications for, among other things, sending an email to his son’s probation officer calling them several profane names and telling them that he wished they would catch Ebola and die. Mr. Dvorak successfully convinced the judge to dismiss all the charges against he client, since this speech was protected by the First Amendment.

Criminal Sexual Assault - NOT GUILTY

People of the State of Illinois v. R.H. (2015) – In the Circuit Court of Cook County. The client was charged with criminal sexual assault for allegedly forcing his ex-wife to engage in sexual contact during a time while their marriage was falling apart. At trial, on cross-examination, Mr. Dvorak so thoroughly impeached the ex-wife that the client was found not guilty on all charges, even without the client having to testify.

First-Degree Murder - NOT GUILTY

People of the State of Illinois v. J.C. (2010) - In the Circuit Court of Cook County. The client was charged with first-degree murder. The client was able to bond out during the pendency of the case. There were two eyewitnesses to the shooting who claimed the client was involved in the shooting. The alleged murder weapon was also found in the client's bedroom. One eyewitness recanted before trial, telling a defense investigator that he was pressured by police into claiming our client was involved in the shooting. The other witness was thoroughly cross-examined and discredited at trial. The client was found not guilty.

Felony Obstruction of Justice - DROPPED ALL CHARGES

People of the State of Illinois v. S. P. (2013) -- In the Sixteenth Judicial Circuit, Kankakee County, Illinois. The client alleges she was sexually assaulted by a police officer, while another officer stood by and failed to prevent it from happening. The Illinois State Police investigated the matter, and concluded she was lying. She was charged with felony obstruction of justice for allegedly lying about being raped. The State initially offered one and a half years in prison for a working, single mother with no criminal background. The State told attorney Richard Dvorak that the DNA rape kit exonerated the officers. Attorney Richard Dvorak requested additional DNA discovery, pursuant to Illinois Supreme Court Rule 417, and, tucked into the middle of this additional discovery was a lab report that indicated the client's DNA was found on one of the officer's underwear, a fact hidden from defense counsel until the case was almost ready to go to trial. Upon discovering this information, the State realized it had no case, and dropped all charges against her.

Significant Criminal Appeals Victories

State RICO Act/Suppression of Evidence.

People of the State of Illinois v. J.A. (2018) -- In the Illinois Appellate Court, Second District. In the lower court, Mr. Dvorak convicted the judge to suppress illegally obtained wiretap evidence. The State appealed the judge's decision, and in an historic decision, the Second District Court of Appeals affirmed the judge's ruling. This was the first case to ever hold that, in authorizing non-consensual wiretap orders, the application must be specifically authorized by The elected State's Attorney, not just one of his or her assistants.

Attempt Kidnapping/Confession Should Have Been Suppressed – CONVICTION OVERTURNED

People of the State of Illinois v. K.G. (2016) – In the Illinois Appellate Court, Third Judicial District. The client was convicted of attempt kidnapping, among other charges, and sentenced to six years in prison. He was represented by a different attorney in the trial court. In the lower court, the judge denied the client’s motion to suppress his confession. On appeal, Mr. Dvorak was able to convince the appellate court that the judge’s ruling was in error, and the conviction was overturned.

PCS/Illegal Search And Seizure - CONVICTION OVERTURNED

People of the State of Illinois v. B.B. — In the United States Supreme Court (2004); in the Supreme Court of Illinois (2003); in the Illinois Appellate Court, First District (2002). The client, who was represented at trial by another attorney, was convicted of possession of narcotics after the judge denied the client's motion to quash arrest and suppress evidence. On appeal to the Illinois Appellate Court, First District, Attorney Richard Dvorak convinced the Appellate Court to overturn the client's conviction. The State appealed to the Illinois Supreme Court, which heard arguments on the case. The Illinois Supreme Court also held the client was subjected to an illegal search and seizure, and affirmed the decision of the appellate court. The State appealed the case to the United States Supreme Court, which, after asking both sides to brief the issue of whether to accept the State's petition, decided not to hear arguments on the case, and affirmed the decision of the Illinois Supreme Court.

Sexual Assault/Speedy Trial Demand - RELEASED FROM PRISON AND NOT REGISTERED AS A SEX OFFENDER

People of the State of Illinois v. M.W. (2013) – In the Illinois Appellate Court, Third Judicial Circuit. The client was charged with sexually assaulting a woman, his next-door neighbor. The police conducted DNA testing, which linked the client to the sexual assault (the defense was consent, and thus the DNA testing was not crucial to the outcome of the case). Before trial, the client's trial attorney (not Mr. Dvorak) demanded a speedy trial, but after the State's request for a 60-day extension of time was granted, the client's trial attorney failed to move to discharge the client. On appeal, Attorney Dvorak successfully argued the client received ineffective assistance of counsel because the trial attorney should have not only demanded trial, but also moved to discharge the client after the 120-day speedy trial term expired, since the judge should never have granted the 60-day speedy trial extension, due to the insufficiency of the State's extension proffer. The client was released from prison, not forced to be re-tried, and he was relieved of his duty to register as a sex offender

AVVO Reviews

  • Very skilled - Found Hidden Evidence in a very high profile case...

    Not only did he find evidence that proved my innocence, he was able to prove the evidence was purposely hidden by law enforcement. More...

  • Failure Is Never An Option

    Since being on my case, Richard has uncovered more hidden evidence that Lawyers I had in the past had'nt been able to discover, More...

  • AGG UUW / DUI

    I meet with a few lawyers before I meet with Richard and as cliche as it sounds, but he literally got me my life back. More...

  • Great Criminal Defense Lawyer

    Rich was very helpful, kept me in the loop, and got me a great deal in my misdemeanor criminal matter, keeping me out of jail. More...

  • Satisfied Client

    I truly believe that through his diligent, hard work and legal experience this was the reason I was released. More...

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Serving DuPage County and Chicago, IL

Dvorak Law Offices, LLC represents clients in Chicago, Cicero, Berwyn, Harvey, Dolton, Markham, Bridgeview, Willowbrook, Maywood, Lisle, Naperville, Wheaton, Downers Grove, Westmont, Aurora, Joliet and elsewhere in DuPage County, Kane County, Will County, Kankakee County and Lake County. Our services include representation of those currently detained at the Cook County Jail, Illinois State Prison and throughout the State of Illinois. Our federal practice is a national one, but focused primarily in states in the Midwest such as Wisconsin, Indiana and Illinois.

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Chicago Office
900 West Jackson, Suite 5W
Chicago, IL 60607
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Willowbrook Office
6262 Kingery Highway, Suite 305
Willowbrook, IL 60527
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