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Damon M. Cheronis

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The founder of his eponymous law firm, Damon M. Cheronis focuses his practice exclusively on criminal defense matters. From the firm's offices in Chicago, Illinois, he provides aggressive representation to clients throughout Cook County and other parts of the greater metropolitan area.

Admitted to practice in Illinois since 2002, Mr. Cheronis is also admitted to practice before several federal trial and appellate courts, including the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (both its General and Trial Bars), the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit.

Mr. Cheronis assists people who have been charged by the state or federal government with having committed misdemeanor or felony offenses.

The cases that he has handled have included sex crimes, homicide, weapons violations, drug possession and distribution, and fraud, embezzlement and other white collar crimes.

Mr. Cheronis has been able to obtain positive results for many of his clients, including dismissals, acquittals, the negotiation of favorable plea agreements with the prosecution and favorable appeals. His successful track record has not gone unnoticed by his colleagues, and they have awarded him a 10.0 “Superb” peer review rating through Avvo. In addition, Mr. Cheronis has been named to The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 every year since 2012, and he has also been recognized as one of America’s Top 100 High-Stakes Litigators.

Mr. Cheronis attended Eastern Illinois University as an undergraduate, where he majored in history and received a Bachelor of Arts cum laude in 1999. He then pursued his legal education at Chicago-Kent College of Law, part of the Illinois Institute of Technology, and he served on the Chicago-Kent Law Review before obtaining his Juris Doctor with honors in 2002.

Practice Areas

  • Criminal Law


  • Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute
    of Technology, Chicago, Illinois
    • J.D.
    • Honors: Law Review
    • Honors: Graduated with Honors
  • Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, Illinois
    • B.A.
    • Honors: cum laude
    • Major: History

Professional Associations

  • Chicago Bar Association, Co-Chair YLS Criminal Justice Section
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois Trial Bar
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Indiana
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Central District of Illinois
  • United States Supreme Court


  • Selected to Super Lawyers: 2017, 2018, 2019
  • Selected to Rising Stars: 2008 – 2010
  • Named Top 100 Trial Lawyers by the National Trial Lawyers: 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018
  • Named to Americas Top 100 High Stakes Litigators: 2017, 2018
  • Selected as “Leading Lawyer” in Criminal Defense

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Easy to work with – and hard to work against. A veteran of many high profile federal and state cases, clients are often surprised by how approachable they find Damon. But having seen him at trial dozens of times over the years, I can attest to his powerful motions practice, ability to conduct relentless cross-examinations, and give moving openings/closings. With personal and professional qualities that make him easy to work with – and hard to work against – anyone in need of a criminal defense attorney would be in great hands with Damon Cheronis.

Andy B. Chicago, IL

A lawyer who truly cares and listens to his clients. Damon, is a lawyer who truly cares and listens to his clients. He was totally prepared for the case so he was never surprised by the prosecutions evidence or arguments. He and was able to put the prosecutors in a defensive mode. He was by far the best attorney in the court room. I would highly recommend him to everyone.

John D. Chicago, IL

More than just and attorney! Very professional, always pays attention to detail and hungry to fight for his clients. The price I paid does come close to how hard he works. More than just and attorney! I definitely would recommend Damon to anyone I knew who needed a good attorney.

Ashley C. Chicago, IL