Michael D. Monico

Phone: (312) 782-8500
Fax: (312) 759-2000
Email: mm@monicolaw.com
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J.D., Northwestern University, 1973
B.A., Georgetown University, 1969
Illinois, 1973
U.S. Supreme Court, 1981
U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit, 1973
U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, 1983
U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, 1989
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 1973
U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois, 1983

Michael D. Monico 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. Mr. Monico began his career as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois from 1973 through 1977.  During this time, Mr. Monico served in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps (Captain, U.S. Army Reserves, 1975-79). Over the last thirty-five years, Mr. Monico has represented clients in white collar, health care fraud, antitrust, public corruption, mail, wire and securities fraud, and foreign corrupt practices investigations throughout the United States and around the globe. Named as one of “The Best Lawyers in America” from 1991 to the present, among his many honors, Mr. Monico has served as past President of the American Board of Criminal Defense Lawyers and is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and the International Academy of Trial Lawyers.  He recently completed service as the 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, now in its thirteenth edition.  He has also published a number of articles on criminal law and is a chapter author in Your Witness: Lessons on Cross Examination.

Mr. Monico has been involved in many notable cases.  Recent clients include a former cabinet member under President George W. Bush, executives of a major oil company, and officials in multi-national corporations doing business in Europe, China, Japan and the Middle East.  His many victories include the directed finding of acquittal at the conclusion of a ten week trial of a pharmaceutical company executive in a major Medicare fraud prosecution in Boston federal court, three acquittals in antitrust prosecutions in Kansas City, Peoria, and Chicago, and an acquittal of one of the only two lawyers acquitted in the Operation Greylord prosecution that targeted corrupt judges and lawyers in Chicago.

Mr. Monico regularly speaks at seminars on trial advocacy and criminal justice issues throughout the country and has taught trial advocacy at NITA as well as at Chicago area law schools. He has received a number of awards for his expertise in criminal law and trial advocacy. In November 2008, Mr. Monico received A “Lifetime Achievement Award” from the Illinois Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. In July 2012, Mr. Monico was featured in Leading Lawyers Network, a peer-nominated organization, for his expertise in white collar criminal defense. And in September 2012, Mr. Monico received the Joel Flaum Award from the Chicago Inn of Court.