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Richard Albanese

Attorney Richard J. Albanese 

Experienced Traffic and Criminal Defense Attorney Licensed in Illinois and Wisconsin


Attorney Profile and Experience

Attorney Richard Albanese had been practicing law for over two decades with a specific focus and concentraion in the areas of  DUI/OWI, Speeding and Traffic Tickets and Criminal Defense. Mr. Albanese is responsible for the day to day operations of his offcie, as well as personally monitoring the progress of all of his client's cases. Mr. Albanese has been recognized by AVVO as a top legal contributor providing a high of quality of service, overall value, responsiveness, and communication ability with clients.

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312 882 1973

Richard Albanese


Legal Fields:

  • Illinois and Wisconsin Speeding and Traffic Tickets
  • CDL Speeding, Traffic, Overweight Tickets
  • Illinois DUI and Wisconsin OWI
  • Suspended or No Drivers License
  • Criminal Defense of Felonies, Misdemeanors and Ordinance Violations 

Professional development:

1991 - Graduated from Fenwick High School, Oak Park, Illinois

1995 - Graduated Maxima Cum Laude Loras College, Dubuque, IA

1999 - Graduated from Southern Illinois University School of Law

1999-2011 - Served as Assistant State's Attorney in Cook County

2011-Present - President, Richard Albanese Law Office

1992-2000 - Veteran - United States Army Reserve (Operation Joint Endeavor to Bosnia 1996-1997)


  • Lake County Bar Association
  • Cook County Arbitrator
  • Chicago Bar Assosiation 
  • Cook County Bar Association 
  • Capital Litigation Trial Bar Member 
  • Wisconsin State Bar Association
  • Northwest Suburban Bar Association

Recent Blog Posts



    5.0 stars   I live in IL and received a ticket in WI. I was told the WI ticket would not impact my IL license from WI. 5 months after I paid the WI ticket, I found out it was on my IL driving record. I searched the internet and read an article Richard wrote about WI ticket's imp...
  • Outstanding Lake County Traffic Lawyer

    5.0 stars   I called Richard after receiving a class B misdemeanor speeding ticket in Lake Forrest, IL. For a very reasonable fee he represented me in court and successfully negotiated a deal with the prosecutor to reduce the charges to petty speeding with a penalty of a $100 fi...

    5.0 stars   I left a phone message for Richard Albanese on a Saturday afternoon regarding a Wisconsin driving citation that my daughter had received. He contacted me within minutes and went over my questions very thoroughly. His knowledge about the Wisconsin and Illinois moving ...
  • IL Resident ticketed in Wisconsin

    While on vacation I was ticketed in a small town in central Wisconsin which I later learned was notorious for being a speed trap. Having a clean record, I did not want what I perceived to be an unfair and unrepresentative charge to stick with me, especially in a way that would impact my insurance...

    5.0 stars   Mr. Albanese was an absolute Master of his craft. I emailed him seeking advise and was blown away by the rapid response and full knowledge on the severity of tickets and the situation I would be facing. He had an answer for every question I had and was great at calmi...
  • Simply put -- Hire Attorney Albanese.

    5.0 stars   Attorney Albanese checks every possible box for a stellar attorney : very bright, skilled in the Courtroom, astute, compassionate to his client with excellent communication AND licensed to practice in both Illinois and Wisconsin.Our adult son, a WI driver for 12 year...
  • Complicated Case Was Handled To Perfection

    5.0 stars   Hiring Richard Albanese was one of the best decisions we had made in months. A family member was ticketed with an OWI while in Northern WI. Being an Illinois resident in the midst of a permanent move to WI only complicated this case. Being a young adult, and with us ...
  • Richard = Rockstar!

    5.0 stars   I live out of state and caught a case in Lake Zurich, IL while out for a friend's wedding. I had a similar prior and was worried to no end as to what might happen in another court and how the whole process would be handled, how it could affect my future, etc. I looke...