John Dearden Donlevy Named a Lifetime Achiever by Marquis Who’s Who
Mr. Donlevy has been endorsed by Marquis Who’s Who as a leader in the legal industry
CHICAGO, IL, June 29, 2017, Marquis Who’s Who, the world’s premier publisher of biographical profiles, is proud to name John Dearden Donlevy a Lifetime Achiever. An accomplished listee, Mr. Donlevy celebrates many years’ experience in his professional network, and has been noted for achievements, leadership qualities, and the credentials and successes he has accrued in his field. As in all Marquis Who’s Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.
Mr. Donlevy has served the cause of legal justice since 1958, employing meticulous preparation and a firm attention to detail. He is the principal of his own private practice in Chicago, where he works on an intimate level with clients in the fields of business litigation and criminal defense. Mr. Donlevy has extensive experience with both state and federal level cases whilst having contributed to professional journals.
Mr. Donlevy was born to Frank and Alice Genevieve (O'Connor) Donlevy in the city of Chicago, where he would serve as a lawyer for nearly six decades. He attended Stanford University, and went on to earn a Bachelor of Science from Northwestern University in 1954. He further earned a J.D. from the University of Chicago and conducted postgraduate work at Northwestern University in 1958. Notably, Mr. Donlevy was a participant of the Hinton Moot Court Competition at the University of Chicago from 1955 to 1956, and was invited to return as a judge in 1972.
As an introduction to litigation, Mr. Donlevy served for three years as an assistant state’s attorney for the Cook County criminal division in Chicago. He went on to serve as a prosecutor for the city of Evanston, Illinois, in 1961. In 1962, Mr. Donlevy became an associate for the firm of Mayer, Brown, & Platt in Chicago, which is now Mayer Brown LLP. He was made a full partner in 1973, and served until 1990 when he left to establish his own private practice.
It was during this period that Mr. Donlevy shifted from prosecution to defense, and when he litigated many of his representative cases. He successfully defended state action for price-fixing penalties brought against sheet metal companies in the Chicago area, obtaining an outright dismissal of the case. In the Summerdale police scandal, he brought the first case to trial in the prosecution of two Summerdale detectives for conspiring with Richard Morrison to defeat burglary prosecution. Mr. Donlevy also has a successful history of reducing penalties and addressing past arrest or conviction records for his clients. Some of his notable contributions to the profession include “Vocational Rehabilitation Needs Legislation Rehabilitation” in 1987, and “The Sixth Amendment Right to Counsel; Does Miranda Suffice?” in 1988, with both articles published in the Chicago Bar Record.
Mr. Donlevy is a member of the American Bar Association, the Illinois Bar Association, the Federal Trial Bar, the University Club of Chicago, and the Chicago Bar Association, where he has served on multiple committees. He achieved the peer-reviewed AV ranking from Martindale Hubbell, and was honored with the 1960 Distinguished Legal Award from the American Legion in Chicago. Cook County named Mr. Donlevy the Special Prosecutor of Labor Racketeering from 1959 to 1961, and he was profiled in “Summerdale- 35 Year Anniversary.” Mr. Donlevy was selected for inclusion in multiple volumes of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Law, Who’s Who in the Midwest, and Who’s Who in the World. Additionally, Mr. Donlevy has served on the board of directors for the English-Speaking Union in Chicago. He enjoys golf, travel, and reading. For a more comprehensive list of Mr. Donlevy’s cases and areas of litigation, please visit http://www.johndonlevy.com
In recognition of outstanding contributions to his profession and the Marquis Who’s Who community, Mr. Donlevy has been featured on the Marquis Who’s Who Lifetime Achievers website. Please visit www.ltachievers.com for more information about this honor.