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Mark D. Johnson

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I was born in central Illinois where I am proud to reside and practice law. I grew up in a blue-collar home with 3 scrappy brothers in a semi-tough neighborhood. After high school, I joined the Air Force National Guard and worked as a Crew Chief for the 183rd Tactical Fighter Group out of Springfield Illinois where we flew F-4 and F-16 fighter jets. I had the good fortune of working as a full-time police officer while I pursued a college degree at Illinois State University. Although this was a tremendous experience, I decided to go to law school after I graduated from ISU while still serving in the Air Force National Guard. In law school, I worked as a prosecutor for a State's Attorney's Office near Rockford Illinois. After spending some time in Northern Illinois, my family and I decided to return to Central Illinois so I took a job as a prosecutor with the Illinois Attorney General's Office where I handled consumer fraud cases throughout the State of Illinois as an Assistant Attorney General in the Attorney General's Consumer Fraud Bureau. Thereafter, I continued public service working as a First Assistant State's Attorney in Woodford County Illinois where I prosecuted some high-level criminal cases. All and all, these collective public service experiences provided me with a solid foundation for my beginnings as a seasoned criminal defense attorney.

After serving several stints as a public servant, I decided to start my own law firm in Bloomington Illinois in 1996. The Firm has obtained great results over the last 20+ years throughout central Illinois and due to an ongoing demand we ultimately opened additional offices in Peoria, Springfield, and Decatur. Over the years, we have hired some of the best former prosecutors that I had done battle with and our entire group has become a reckoning force of compassionate attorneys primarily focusing in the area of criminal defense.

During the last two decades, I have defended clients against a wide range of charges, including multi-million dollar fraud cases, drug cases, and murder cases. I am fortunate to have a longstanding reputation for providing top-notch legal representation that is tough and effective and having never been afraid of a challenge. I have been included in the Top 100 Lawyers in the United States by The National Trial Lawyers Association, which speaks volumes about a lawyer's abilities. In my free time, I enjoy working out and being in the great outdoors.

Professional Memberships & Associations
  • National Trial Lawyers - Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • Illinois Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • American Trial Lawyers Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Illinois Bar Foundation
  • American Association for Justice
  • Better Business Bureau
  • McLean County Bar Association
  • Peoria County Bar Association
  • Macon County Bar Association
  • Champaign County Bar Association
  • Sangamon County Bar Association
Education
  • J.D. Northern Illinois University, College of Law - Graduate School DeKalb, IL
  • B.S. Illinois State University - Undergraduate School Normal, IL
Licenses
  • Illinois
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court Central District of Illinois

Why Choose JLG?

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  • Over 100 Years of Combined Experience in Criminal Law
  • Four Convenient Office Locations Throughout Central Illinois
  • Highly Recognized & Award Winning Attorneys
  • Passionate Representation In & Out of the Courtroom
  • Customized & Results-Driven Strategies
  • Genuine Care for Our Clients' Legal Rights & Futures

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