Dallas Criminal Defense Attorney and Trial Lawyer

  • Former Federal Prosecutor
  • Former State Prosecutor
  • Former Trial Attorney – U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
  • Voted SuperLawyers for Years
  • National Association of Distinguished Counsel’s Top 1%
  • Top 100 Trial Attorneys in Texas

John R. Teakell has over 30 years experience in criminal law as both a prosecutor and criminal defense attorney. Those charged with serious crimes seek John Teakell out for legal counsel because of his deep criminal law subject matter experience and firsthand knowledge of state and criminal court procedures.

Teakell began his career as an Assistant District Attorney and worked as a Senior Trial Counsel for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission where he prosecuted civil enforcement actions of fraudulent schemes in White Collar cases.

Before going into criminal defense Mr. Teakell spent over 12 years in the U.S. Attorney’s Office as a federal prosecutor, most of which at the Northern District of Texas where he was designated as a bank fraud prosecutor. Teakell prosecuted all types of federal cases in the Northern District of Texas, including white-collar and drug trafficking cases.  Teakell also prosecuted extraordinarily large drug trafficking and money laundering cases as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the District of Puerto Rico, including federal death penalty cases.

Today Mr. Teakell represents defendants in criminal cases throughout State of Texas in federal and state courts, as well as cases in federal courts throughout the United States including Puerto Rico. As a criminal defense attorney and trial lawyer Mr. Teakell has successfully defended those charged with violent crimes, drug manufacturing and distribution, and white collar crimes including money laundering, bank fraud, securities fraud, and violations of federal securities law.

Contact Mr. Teakell today if you need legal assistance with any of the following:

  • Criminal Defense
  • White Collar Defense
  • Drug Cases
  • Gun Violations
  • Fraud
  • Computer Crimes
  • Money Laundering Cases
  • Securities Fraud
  • Tax Evasion
  • SEC Cases
  • Forfeitures of Property
  • DOD Security Clearance Hearings

Call John Teakell today at 866-983-3416 to arrange your free initial consultation.

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  • Former Federal Prosecutor
  • U.S. Attorney’s Office – Northern District of Texas and the District of Puerto Rico
  • Former Trial Attorney – U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
  • Former State Prosecutor

Accolades and Selections:

  • Selected by National Association of Distinguished Counsel, representing the top one (1) percent of attorneys in the United States, 2015 - 2020
  • One of the authors of the best-selling book “A Cup of Coffee With 10 of the Top Criminal Defense Attorneys in the United States” by Rutherford Publishing House, 2015
  • Voted Texas SuperLawyer (represents top 5% of attorneys in respective area of practice) as White Collar Defense Attorney.  2005 – 2012, 2014 – 2019
  • Selected as American Trial Lawyers’ Association Top 100 in Texas, 2007 – 2020
  • Selected by National Academy of Jurisprudence as a Premier Attorney, representing the top 100 criminal defense attorneys in the State, 2015 & 2016
  • Selected Best Attorneys of America 2015 – 2019
  • Selected Top American Attorneys – Represents top one percent (1%) of attorneys – 2017
  •  Selected Lawyers of Distinction – Top 10% of Lawyers in USA  2016 – 2019
  • Selected to Power Attorneys - 2017
  • Selected Global Directory of Who’s Who “Top Attorney” 2015 – 2018
  • Selected Best Legal Counsel - 2018
  • Selected Peritum Attorneys - 2017
  • Selected National League of Renowned Attorneys “Top One Percent”  2016
  • Selected National Academy of Jurisprudence as “Premier 100” 2016
  • Selected National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys “Top Ten Attorney Award” 2016 & 2017
  • Selected American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys “ 10 Best Law Firm” Selection for Texas  2016 – 2018
  • Selected American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys “10 Best Attorneys – Texas, 2017-19
  • Selected American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys “Client Satisfaction Award”  2015 – 2016
  • Selected Expert Network’s “Distinguished Lawyer”  2016 – 2017
  • Selected Attorney and Practice Magazine’s Top 10 Attorneys in Texas – 2018
  • Selected American Academy of Attorneys Top 100 Attorneys – 2019-2020
  • Selected National Alliance of Attorneys – Criminal Law 2019-2020
  • Selected American Association for Justice – 2019
  • Selected American Institute of Trial Lawyers – Litigator of the Year 2020
  • Selected American Institute of Legal Advocates – Criminal Law Elite 2020
  • Highlighted in Forbes Magazine 2011 – 2016 as the White Collar Defense Attorney in the Dallas/Fort Worth area
  • Highlighted in Time Magazine in 2013 as a Leader in Criminal Law.
  • Commentator on local television/news. Articles in Texas Lawyer and Executive Legal Advisor.

Professional Memberships and Achievements:

  • 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


Felony Reduced to Misdemeanor– Aggravated Assault with Deadly Weapon Allegation– Dallas County, Texas, re DM. Presentations to the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office convinced the DA’s Office that there was no evidence to support the felony allegation of Aggravated Assault. The District Attorney has proceeded with a reduced misdemeanor charge to dispose of the case.

No Charges / No Disciplinary Action— Potential Weapon Charge and School Disciplinary Action, School District in North Texas, re AO. School officials temporarily suspended high school student for having razor blades in his possession at a school function. Possessing razor blades, among other items, are prohibited by school policy, and the school was posed to send student to an alternate school for those who are problem students. Additionally, there was the possibility of a criminal referral for criminal prosecution of Weapon in a Prohibited Place, or a similar charge.

During discussions prior the scheduled hearing on the disciplinary matter, including discussions with the school district’s attorney, the school agreed that an alternate school was too harsh for the alleged violation. Also, the school dismissed the allegation and the student returned to class as normal. There was no criminal referral.

Charge Declined– Unlawful Carrying of a Weapon, Collin County, Texas, re CH. Client was arrested for a handgun in his car, with the weapon charge submitted to the Collin County District Attorney’s Office for prosecution. After continued contacts and submissions to the District Attorney’s Office, the District Attorney declined the case, that is, declined to proceed with prosecution.

S Visa Recommendation– U.S. Attorney’s Office, Northern District of Texas, re RM.Negotiated that the U.S. Attorney’s Office and Immigration and Customs Enforcement Detention would agree to recommend an “S Visa” for client. The S Visa assists client in his status as a resident.

Multi-Million Dollar Judgment Upheld – Moss v. Princip, etal., Fifth Circuit Federal Court of Appeals. Assisted on the plaintiff’s brief to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals regarding this case of contract damages, past royalties due, and tort damages, concerning an investment in a video games channel. Plaintiff’s significant judgment was upheld.

Charge Dismissed – Failure to ID, Kaufman County, Texas, re MS. Charge was based upon contact with law enforcement regarding a call from the client’s ex-husband. Charge was outright dismissed.

No Forfeiture Action – Seizure of Cash, Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, re LP. U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents detained client and seized $18,000.00 in cash. Presented our position to Customs/Homeland Security that the agents had no cause to detain client, and no evidence to show the monies were from illegal sources. Homeland Security thereafter decided to release the monies and not proceed with a forfeiture action.

Grand Jury No Bill (Refusal to Indict) – Sexual Assault of Child, Tarrant County, Texas, re EP. Client was accused of assaulting a teen female. Presented inconsistencies in the allegation to the District Attorney’s Office, history of the alleged victim, and a truthful polygraph result. Had discussions with the District Attorney’s Office about how this did alleged incident did not occur, and made these presentations to the grand jury, who declined to charge the client.

Declined Charge – Distribution of Prescription Medication, Williamson County, Texas, re AT. Made presentations and discussions with the State regarding giving prescription medication to another or other person. The State agreed that it could not prove the alleged charge.

No Charges Referred for Prosecution – Insurance Fraud Investigation, Collin County, Texas, re CS. Client was alleged to have made fraudulent claims for new roofs and payments, concerning damage to residence at different times. After discussing information with the investigator about other facts and evidence, the investigator closed the matter without referring charges to the U.S. Attorney or District Attorney.

Seized Money Returned / No Forfeiture – Alleged participation in Conspiracy to Sell Stolen Cell Phones, Dallas County, Texas, re KB. Cash was seized from client during a search, but eventually returned as District Attorney agreed with presentations that evidence did not justify forfeiture.

No Charges / No Prosecution – Embezzlement / Misapplication of Fiduciary Property, Northern District of Texas / Dallas County, TX, re BM. Client was accused of taking monies from employer accounts and converting for personal use. After discussions and presentations, no charges were sought.

Grand Jury No-Bill / No Charges – Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Dallas County, TX, re DH. Client was accused of pointing a weapon at a person and making threats. Defense presentations to DA and grand jury panel resulted in grand jury refusing to formally charge client.

No Charges / No Prosecution – Securities Fraud, Northern District of Texas, re PG. Allegations against client included sales of unregistered securities, fraud in the sale of securities, and misapplication of funds. Although there was action by an agency, the client was not criminally prosecuted, as presentations included providing information that client did not commit fraud.

No Forfeiture – Seizure of Cash, Dallas, TX, re CV. Cash was seized from client’s residence during a search of the house by law enforcement. Although the cash was seized during the search, there was no forfeiture by the District Attorney’s Office after presentations by the defense.

No Disciplinary Action— Potential School Expulsion Action, School in Williamson County, Texas, re AT. School officials temporarily suspended high school student regarding an allegation of distributing prescription drugs at school. After a disciplinary hearing at school, student / client was not expelled, and was given credit for the alternate school days already attended.

No Charges / No Indictment– Conspiracy to Commit Health Care Fraud, Northern District of Texas, re AB. Client was targeted as a potential defendant regarding a health care fraud case, as he made referrals to certain doctors for a fee. Presentations to the U.S. Attorney’s Office showed that the services client sold were only associated with these doctors.

No Charges– Investigation, Texas Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General, Dallas/Fort Worth, TX, re RC. After discussions and submissions of information, the Texas HHS investigator closed the matter without action.

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