Mr. Joel D. Bertocchi
Akerman LLP
71 South Wacker Drive, 47th Floor
Chicago, IL 60606

Phone    (312) 870-8026
Fax         (312) 424-1968

Type of Case: Civil and Criminal
Admitted to practice:
Supreme Court
2nd Circuit, 3rd Circuit, 6th Circuit, 7th Circuit, 8th Circuit, 9th Circuit, 10th Circuit, 11th Circuit, D.C.

A highly-skilled civil, criminal, and appellate litigator, Joel Bertocchi handles appeals in state and federal courts and represents clients in connection with criminal and regulatory investigations and proceedings, providing counsel on compliance policies and related issues. He has argued cases in the U.S. Supreme Court and multiple federal Circuits and state appellate courts, and served as Illinois’ Solicitor General, the chief appellate lawyer for the State. A former federal prosecutor, he conducts internal investigations in all areas, including corporate governance and employee misconduct, and represents defendants and witnesses in criminal investigations and prosecutions.

Joel also strategically advises clients on the application of complex statutes and regulatory issues, including private and public corruption statutes, the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), and fraud.


  • University of Wisconsin, B.A. with honors, 1979
  • JD cum laude, 1983

Practice Focus:

  • Civil and criminal appeals
  • critical motions
  • white collar crime and internal investigations

Honors and Awards:

  • Named "Lawyer of the Year" in the Appellate Practice category for Chicago by Best Lawyers, 2013
  • Selected for inclusion in the "The Best Lawyers in America®" in the area of Appellate Law, since 2008
  • Member of the Leading Lawyers Network, where he was selected by his peers as a Leading Lawyer in Civil Appellate Law
  • Recognized as a "Super Lawyer" by Illinois Super Lawyers magazine (2008–2010)
  • Diversity Helping Hand Award, Black Women Lawyers’ Association of Greater Chicago (2007)
  • U.S. Department of Justice Director’s Award for Superior Performance
  • “Supreme Court Best Brief Award, ” National Association of Attorneys General.