Jed Stone

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“Nothing is more scary and demoralizing than being charged with a crime. The thought of going to jail or prison is terrifying.”

Decades of Experience

Jed Stone has practiced criminal law and defended the accused in the state of Illinois since 1976. Recently selected as a “Super Lawyer” in the field of criminal defense, he is nationally recognized for his results in high-stakes criminal cases, including more than 135 people charged with first-degree murder.

Known throughout the United States for his advocacy, he has run criminal defense seminars for the National Criminal Defense College. He has taught criminal law locally at Northwestern University and Lake Forest College, and outside of Illinois at the New York State Defender Institute. He is a fellow of the American Board of Criminal Lawyers, a diplomate of the National Board of Trial Advocacy and a Chicago Bar Association Master Advocate. Listed in “Who’s Who in American Law,” he has been awarded the Abraham Lincoln Marovitz Public Interest Law Award and the NAACP Freedom and Justice Award.

A national leader in the field of criminal defense law, Jed Stone is nationally recognized for his spirited defense of clients facing a wide range of issues within the criminal justice system. He prides himself on the high level of dedication he offers everyone who seeks his counsel, visiting the county jail each afternoon to see his clients as part of his “daily rounds.” He’s passionate about the health and well-being of his clients and does whatever he can to keep people out of jail so they can move on with their lives successfully. Mr. Stone has been honored numerous times throughout his career and is listed on the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, thanks to the multiple recommendations he received from his peers during a recent statewide survey.

Areas of Practice                                                Bar Admissions

Criminal defense                                                   Illinois, 1976

Homicide                                                                U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit, 1983

Sex crimes                                                             U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 1985                   

Drug crimes                                                           U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 1986

White collar crimes                                               U.S. Supreme Court, 1984

Medical marijuana law                                         U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois, 1976

                                                                                U.S. District Court Central District of Illinois, 1989

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Criminal Trial Advocate, Nat’l. Board of Trial Advocacy


  • Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago-Kent College of Law, Chicago, Illinois
  • D., Doctor of Jurisprudence – 1975
  • Lake Forest College, Lake Forest, Illinois
  • A., Bachelor of Arts cum laude– 1971

Published Works

  • Preserving the Record Defending Illinois Criminal Cases Revision, March 1991 Original, April 1988


  • Sentencing Advocacy Workshop of the Administrative Office of the United States Courts – New       Orleans, LA, January 2015

Honors and Awards

  • Freedom Award – 2015’s Most Influential African American of Lake County
  • AV® Preeminent(TM) Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®
  • Recognition in Who’s Who in American Law
  • Leading Illinois Lawyer in Criminal Appellate Advocacy
  • Fellow, American Board of Criminal Lawyers

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Teacher, National College of Criminal Defense at Mercer Law School
  • Teacher, New York State Defender Institute
  • Former Adjunct Professor of Law, Northwestern University
  • Lecturer, Department of Politics, Lake Forest College

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