John R. Teakell

Dallas, Texas

Attorney, Dallas, Texas
phone (214) 523-9076
(469) 628-4127 (Cell)
fax (214) 523-9077

John Teakell has a focused criminal law and securities background with over 20 years of court room experience. He has a thorough knowledge of both federal and state crimes and both federal and state court systems. He has handled thousands of cases ranging from misdemeanors to federal death penalty cases. There is no case too complex for Mr. Teakell to manage. During his time as being a criminal defense attorney, he has not only obtained impeccable results but has also gained respect from fellow defense attorneys and prosecutors as well as many of the judges in both the state and federal courts. He has focused his practice on white collar crimes, drug crimes, violent crimes, sex crimes, and SEC suits.

Mr. Teakell is known for his ability for attention to detail. That type of trait is most important when evaluating facts of the case and coming up with a defense strategy. He is a compassionate person who will take the time to explain all the facts, phases, and processes as he leads you through this time.

Mr. Teakell proves to be a man of integrity who will use his experience and knowledge to fight in your defense.

John Teakell has been named as a Texas Super Lawyer in the area of criminal defense, as featured in the Texas Monthly Magazine, October 2005. A Texas Super Lawyer represents the top 5% of attorneys in his area of practice in Texas.

Recent Cases

John Teakell has proven his ability time and time again by obtaining outstanding results, even in trying circumstances.

Prosecution Experience

John Teakell was a federal prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s office for over 12 years, mainly in the Northern District of Texas. As an Assistant U.S. Attorney, he was designated to prosecute bank fraud cases, in addition to drug crimes and all other crimes. As an Assistant U. S. Attorney for the District of Puerto Rico, Mr. Teakell prosecuted major narcotic drug trafficking cases and federal death penalty cases. He has gained a tremendous amount of experience prosecuting all types of complex fraud cases, numerous drug trafficking cases, money laundering and federal death penalty cases including federal murder, murder of government witnesses, and carjacking resulting in death, as well as a variety of other types of federal and states cases.

Before John Teakell’s service as an Assistant U.S. Attorney, he was an Assistant District Attorney for over three years. Mr. Teakell prosecuted all types of state offenses, such as drug possession, assault and battery, DWI and manslaughter, murder, thefts, and stolen property cases.

Securities Enforcement Experience

As Senior Trial Counsel for the Securities and Exchange Commission , John Teakell prosecuted civil enforcement actions of fraudulent schemes.


As an Assistant United States Attorney, John Teakell received numerous commendations from various agencies, including one from the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Defense Counsel Commentator

John Teakell has made appearances as a defense counsel commentator for Court TV and local NBC affiliate Channel 5, KXAS-TV, Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas.

Mr. Teakell has also been quoted in Time Magazine, NBC Nightly News, Los Angeles Times, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, and the Dallas Business Journal.


Published Articles

Mr. Teakell has published articles in the Texas Lawyer and Executive Legal Advisor

Areas of Practice:
Assault & Battery
Criminal – Federal
Drugs & Medical Devices
Litigations & Appeals
Securities Law

Significant Cases Prosecuted

Bar Admissions:
Texas, 1990
Oklahoma, 1985
U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas, 1990
U.S. District Court Eastern District of Oklahoma, 1985
U.S. District Court Northern District of Oklahoma, 1985
U.S. District Court Western District of Oklahoma, 1985
U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas, 2002
U.S. District Court District of Puerto Rico, 1997
U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida, 2000
U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida, 2000
U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 1991
U.S. Court of Appeals 1st Circuit, 1998
Oklahoma City University School of Law, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 1985
Honors: Judge – Southern Methodist University Law School Moot Court, Dallas,10-1996
Oklahoma State University, 1979
Classes/Seminars Taught:
Instructor, Criminal Trial Advocacy Course, Attorney General’s Advocacy Institute, Washington, D.C., 1991 – 1997
Instructor, Fraud Courses, Legal Education Working Group – Department of Justice, 1997
Seminar Speaker, “Aggressive Criminal Defense in Texas”, Houston, Texas, 2003
Speaker, “Parallel Defenses in Criminal and Civil Cases”, Dallas Bar Association, Criminal Law Section Meeting, Dallas, Texas, 2004
Professional Associations and Memberships:
Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
National Association Criminal Defense Lawyers
Dallas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
Tarrant County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
Association of Federal Defense Attorneys
American Bar Association
Dallas Bar Association
Tarrant County Bar Association
Association of Former SEC Attorneys
Past Employment Positions:
Securities and Exchange Commission – Southeast Regional Office, Senior Trial Counsel, 2000 – 2002
United States Attorney’s Office, District of Puerto Rico, Assistant United States Attorney, 1998 – 2000
United States Attorney’s Office – Northern District of Texas, Assistant United States Attorney, 1990 – 1998
United States Attorney’s Office – Eastern District of Oklahoma, Assistant United States Attorney, 1988 – 1990
Oklahoma County District Attorney’s Office, Oklahoma City, OK, Assistant District Attorney, 1984 – 1988
Stack and Barnes, P.C., Attorneys at Law, Law Clerk, 1984
First National Bank and Trust Company of Oklahoma City, Banking Officer/Trust Officer, 1979 – 1984

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