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After graduating from the Loyola University of Chicago in 1995 with a B.S. degree, Melissa enrolled at Chicago-Kent College of Law through the Illinois Institution of Technology (IIT), where she completed her law degree in 1998. After receiving her Juris Doctorate, she immediately began her career at the Cook County Public Defender Law Office. She acted as an Assistant Public Defender for six years before establishing her law practice in August of 2005. Since she began her career as a defense lawyer, Melissa has been devoted to defending the rights, reputations, and civil liberties of all clients who have been accused of criminal and quasi-criminal offenses.

With over 22 years of experience, Melissa has expertly defended severe criminal cases and has a proven track record for succeeding in trials. She is also a recipient of three prestigious awards for being one of the best criminal defense lawyers in Chicago in 2018 and 2016 and top-rated lawyer in 2020. Melissa is open to working with any client, despite the complexity of their circumstances and their case.

Melissa works exclusively in Cook County and will always be the only lawyer that appears with you in court on each and every court date. Melissa’s office is located in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago, and she also serves Little Village, Back of the Yards, Lawndale, Englewood, Gresham, and more.

Female Criminal Defense Attorney Melissa Smejkal