Edwardsville attorney honored as one of the 10 best criminal attorneys in Illinois – Madison County Record


Attorney Deborah A. Hawkins  

EDWARDSVILLE – Attorney Deborah A. Hawkins of Hawkins Law Office recently was named one of the “10 Best Criminal Lawyers for Client Satisfaction in Illinois” for the second straight year by the American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys.

Attorneys who are selected to the list must pass the Institute’s rigorous selection process, which is based on client and/or peer nominations, research, and the Institute’s independent evaluation, states the press release announcing the designation.

According to the Institute, “one of the most-significant aspects of the selection process involves attorneys’ relationships and reputation among his or her clients. … Selection criteria therefore focuses on attorneys who demonstrate the highest standards of client satisfaction.”

On Martindale.com, one of Hawkins former clients said, “She is very calm, knowledgeable of the legal process, and most importantly she is a fair and honest lawyer.” 


In a recent article in the Illinois Business Journal, Hawkins said that she treats clients respectfully because many cases are rife with emotions. 

“I listen to the client and advise them of the strengths of the case,” she told the Illinois Business Journal. “The client makes the decision. I try not to impose my personal feelings on the case. I have to be open-minded and not judgmental.”

Hawkins received her bachelor of arts from Millikin University, a master of arts from the University of Iowa and her juris doctor from St. Louis University.

She is affiliated with the American Bar Association, Illinois State Bar Association, Madison County Bar Association, Chicago Bar Association, Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis,

Her office is located at 101 West Vandalia St., Suite 150, in the Mark Twain Plaza I building, close to the Madison County Courthouse in Edwardsville.

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