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Michael D. Monico

Monico & Spevack

Chicago, IL, USA


Michael D. Monico began his career as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois from 1973 through 1977. Today he is recognized as one of the premier criminal defense attorneys in the country, representing individuals and corporations in high profile federal criminal and regulatory cases. Over the last thirty-five years Mr. Monico has represented clients in White Collar, Medicare Fraud, Antitrust, Public Corruption and Securities Fraud investigations throughout the United States. 

Named as one of "The Best Lawyers In America" from 1991 to the present, Mr. Monico is also the past President of the American Board of Criminal Lawyers and is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. He served as President of the Seventh Circuit Bar Association and he co-authors the only treatise on federal criminal law in the Seventh Circuit, entitled Federal Criminal Practice: A Seventh Circuit Handbook, which is now in its tenth edition. He has also published a number of articles on criminal law and wrote a chapter on cross-examination for the book "Your Witness."

Mr. Monico has been involved in many notable cases. Most recently he has represented a former cabinet member under President George W. Bush and executives of a major oil company. He also recently represented a pharmaceutical company executive in a major Medicare fraud prosecution in Boston federal court: After a ten week trial, the court granted his client a judgment of acquittal. He has won acquittals in three separate federal jury trials involving criminal antitrust prosecutions in Kansas City, Peoria and Chicago. He represented one of only two lawyers acquitted in the Operation Greylord prosecution that targeted corrupt judges and lawyers in Chicago.

In November 2008 Mr. Monico received a ALifetime Achievement Award@ from the Illinois Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.  He speaks at seminars on trial advocacy and criminal justice issues throughout the country. He has taught trial advocacy at NITA, as well as at Chicago area law schools.

Mr. Monico received his undergraduate degree from Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. (A.B. 1969) and his law degree from Northwestern University, The School of Law, Chicago, Illinois (J.D. 1973). 

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