About Durkin & Roberts

Durkin & Roberts was founded on March 1, 1984, by Thomas Anthony Durkin and Janis D. Roberts, with a commitment to the principle of defending the rule of law, civil liberties and international human rights by providing the highest quality representation to individuals accused of serious crimes. For more than three decades, the firm has continued providing the highest quality representation to individual criminal defendants in complex criminal trials and related civil human rights litigation.

Areas of Practice

Our firm handles legal matters in the following practice areas: Criminal Trial, Appellate, and Grand Jury Practice in all Federal and State Courts; International Extradition; Plaintiffs Civil Rights litigation, including wrongful arrest and unlawful force claims; Attorney Disciplinary Defense; Child Welfare; and Juvenile Justice. We are licensed to practice law in Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin and California. Mr. Durkin also has been admitted into the Pool of Qualified Civilian Defense Counsel to practice before the Military Commissions in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.


Durkin & Roberts is currently recognized in the Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, a distinction only given to select law practices that have earned the highest rating in the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory and have been designated as preeminent in their field by their colleagues.

Mr. Durkin is a Fellow of the prestigious American College of Trial Lawyers. He has been recognized by the Leading Lawyers Network as one of Illinois’ top 10 criminal defense attorneys, as well as one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers fin the United States by the National Trial Lawyers Association. He has been awarded the “Bill Of Rights In Action Award” by the Constitutional Rights Foundation Chicago and the Frederick Douglas Human Rights Award from the Southern Center for Human Rights for his work defending the Constitution and working to protect the rights of detainees held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Mr. Durkin has been appointed as a Distinguished Practitioner in Residence at the Loyola University Chicago School of Law, where he is also serves as the Co-Director of its National Security & Civil Rights Program.