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Featured in Forbes and Fortune

The Law Office of John R. Teakell is proud to announce that founder and lead counsel, John Teakell, has been featured in two prestigious national magazines – Forbes and Fortune. In these magazines, Mr. Teakell is profiled as the only white-collar criminal defense attorney in the Dallas/Fort Worth legal market. The article heralds Mr. Teakell’s 35+ years as an attorney, first working the prosecutorial side before using that knowledge to “challenge the evidence [in criminal cases] from start to finish.”

“Recognized for his representation of white-collar and high-profile criminal defense cases, Mr. Teakell has been sought out by local and national news outlets, including NBC Nightly News, CNN, and Bloomberg,” the piece notes, adding that Mr. Teakell is “persistent and thorough.” 

The profile states that his familiarity with the justice system’s inner workings makes him well-versed in the investigative process and of unique advantage to his clients. “Regardless of the cards stacked against his clients, Mr. Teakell’s motto is to help them get the best possible result. Clients trust him to preserve their freedom and help them avoid what could be significant imprisonment.” In 2022 alone, Mr. Teakell has obtained dismissals in nine of his most high-profile cases, and updates are routinely posted on his website (

Before opening his firm, Mr. Teakell spent two years as Senior Trial Counsel for the Southeast Regional Office of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. He served more than 12 years as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Dallas and Puerto Rico, handling high-profile cases involving bank fraud, drug trafficking, and money laundering.

Mr. Teakell’s current workload includes criminal defense matters and federal cases nationwide with a focus on government contract fraud, possession of classified documents, investor fraud, securities fraud, PPP loan fraud, and computer intrusions. 

“I have handled most of the federal criminal issues you’ll ever see,” says Mr. Teakell. “As a former prosecutor, I provide perspective clients won’t get with many other lawyers and an understanding of all the avenues available to get their case resolved. I understand how the process works. When you have that insight into how an investigation unfolds, it helps you get in ahead of the curve before there is an indictment to try to derail an investigation or at least mitigate a client’s exposure.”

Throughout his career, Mr. Teakell has been chosen as a Top Rated White Collar Crimes Attorney in Dallas. He was also selected by the Top 100 Lawyers, The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100, and the National Association of Distinguished Counsel, an award reserved for the top 1% of attorneys in the nation. Mr. Teakell is the co-author of the bestselling legal manual A Cup of Coffee With 10 of the Top Criminal Defense Attorneys in the United States. 

The latest feature from Forbes and Fortune magazines is not Mr. Teakell’s first time to be recognized by one of these widely popular brands. In February 2010, Mr. Teakell was profiled in the March 2010 issue of Forbes. Potential clients as well as other media outlets may reach Mr. Teakell for input at 214-523-9076.

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