Edward Johnson

Founding Attorney



Edward Johnson III – Criminal Defense Attorney

Serving the people of Riverside and Chicago, Illinois, Edward Johnson handles a variety of legal issues, including criminal defense, homicide, weapons, theft, drug charges, DUI, expungement, civil forfeiture, personal injury, and motor vehicle accidents. As the founder of Edward Johnson and Associates P.C., he has been named in Illinois as one of the Top 10 Criminal Defense Attorneys Under 40 and one of the 10 Best Under 40 in the state by the American Institute of Criminal Defense Attorneys.

With a Juris Doctor from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, Mr. Johnson provides professional, experienced legal representation to those who have been charged with committing a crime or injured in an accident. Committed to thoroughly investigate every case, he leaves no stone unturned when it comes to safeguarding the rights and best interests of his clients. In 2018, Expertise.com also named him as one of Chicago’s Top 20 Best Criminal Defense Lawyers.



  • Rising Star in Criminal Defense, SuperLawyers.com, 2016 – 2018
  • Best 10 Under 40 – Client Satisfaction, American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys, 2015 – present
  • Clients’ Choice Badge in Criminal Defense, AVVO.com, 2014 – present
  • Clients’ Choice Badge in DUI, AVVO.com, 20145 – present
  • “Top 10” Criminal Defense Lawyer under 40 in Illinois, National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys, 2014-present

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Illinois, 2013
  • Colorado, 2013
  • Member, Chicago Bar Association, 2013 – Present
  • Member, Cook County Bar Association, 2013 – Present
  • Member, DuPage County Bar Association, 2013 – Present
  • Member, Illinois State Bar Association, 2013 – Present
  • Member, United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, 2014 – Present

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Defending DUI and Related Cases, E-book Defending DUI and Related Cases 2014 Edition (2 Vols.), 2014
  • Attacking and Defending Drunk Driving Tests, James Publishing Publication, 2013
  • Relentless Criminal Cross-Examination, James Publishing publication, 2012
  • Appeals To The Illinois Supreme And Appellate Courts, Illinois State Bar Association, 1994
  • Ethics, Ethical Pitfalls for New Lawyers, 2013
  • ISBA General MCLE, ISBA Basic Skills- For Newly Admitted Attorneys: Full Seminar, 2013
  • DUI, Sentencing Considerations and Options in Impaired Driving Cases, 2013
  • Civil Practice and Procedure, Civil Practice and Procedure Update – 2013: Full Seminar, 2014
  • Criminal Law, Criminal Law Update: Full Package, 2014
  • Illinois Criminal Records: Expungement and Other Relief, Expungement, 2014
  • Trial Techniques (Spring), Fred Lane’s ISBA Trial Technique Institute, 2014
  • Trial Techniques (Fall), Fred Lane’s ISBA Trial Technique Institute, 2014
  • DUI – Illinois Secretary of State Administrative Hearings, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 2014
  • Discovery Methods in Criminal Cases, The Art of War, 2014


CBS Interview

Attorney Edward Johnson is an expert on Illinois Gun Laws and was interviewed by CBS correspondent Laura Victory. Video Credit is not owned by Edward Johnson and is the property of CBS Network.

CBS Interview

Attorney Edward Johnson is a gun law expert and sat down with CBS Correspondent Brad Edwards with CBS Chicago to discuss Illinois gun laws and the possible outcomes of lying on your FOID application. He says legal gun owners in Illinois must fill out an application. Question number two on the application asks: “Have you ever been convicted of a felony?”