Joel D. Bertocchi

Joel D. Bertocchi

Akerman LLP

Recognized since 2008

Chicago, Illinois

Practice Areas

Appellate Practice

Criminal Defense: White-Collar

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2013 - Appellate Practice
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A highly skilled civil, criminal, and appellate litigator, Joel Bertocchi handles appeals in state and federal courts and represents clients in connection with criminal and regulatory investigations and proceedings, providing counsel on compliance policies and related issues. He has argued cases in the U.S. Supreme Court and multiple federal Circuits and state appellate courts, and served as Illinois’ Solicitor General, the chief appellate lawyer for the State. A former federal prosecutor, he conducts internal investigations in all areas, including corporate governance and employee misconduct, and represents defendants and witnesses in criminal investigations and prosecutions.

Joel also strategically advises clients on the application of complex statutes and regulatory issues, including private and public corruption statutes, the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), and fraud.


  • 71 South Wacker Drive, 47th Floor
    Chicago, IL 60606


  • University of Wisconsin–Madison
  • University of Wisconsin–Madison, graduated 1979

Akerman LLP
Los Angeles, California

170 The Best Lawyers in America® awards

64 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America awards

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Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2013 - Appellate Practice

Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:

  • Appellate Practice, Chicago (2013)

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2022 for work in:

  • Criminal Defense: White-Collar
  • Appellate Practice

Special Focus

  • Criminal Appeals
  • Litigation
  • Supreme Court

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