Attorney Profile

John R. Teakell – Criminal Defense Attorney

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Criminal defense attorney, John Teakell began his legal career in 1985. He has broad experience as both a state and federal prosecutor and as defense counsel and has handled thousands of cases ranging from misdemeanors to federal death penalty cases.

Teakell spent over 12 years in the U.S. Attorney’s Office as a federal prosecutor, most of which was in the Northern District of Texas where he was designated as a bank fraud prosecutor.

In addition to fraud cases, Teakell prosecuted all types of federal crimes in the Northern District of Texas. He also prosecuted extraordinarily large drug trafficking and money laundering cases as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the District of Puerto Rico, as well as federal death penalty cases. Teakell began his career as an Assistant District Attorney and worked as a Senior Trial Counsel for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, where he prosecuted civil enforcement actions of fraudulent schemes.

Areas of Practice

  • White Collar Criminal Defense
  • Criminal – Federal & State
  • Civil Litigation
  • Securities Regulation & Enforcement
  • Trials & Appeals

Bar and Court Admissions:

  • Texas, 1990
  • Oklahoma, 1985
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas, 2002
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas, 1990
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida, 2000
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida, 2000
  • U.S. District Court, District of Puerto Rico, 1997
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Oklahoma, 1985
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Oklahoma, 1985
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Oklahoma, 1985
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Fifth Circuit, 1991
  • U.S. Court of Appeals First Circuit, 1998

Honors, Recognitions & Commendations

Teakell has been named a Texas Super Lawyer in white collar criminal defense (2005-2010), which represents the top 5 percent of attorneys in his area of practice in the state.
The American Trial Lawyers Association has also named him to Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Texas from 2007-2010. Highlighted in Forbes magazine in 2010 as the white collar criminal defense attorney in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

While working as an Assistant U. S. Attorney, John Teakell received numerous commendations from various agencies, including one from the Director of the FBI.

Judge – Southern Methodist University Law School Moot Court, Dallas, Texas, 1996.

Defense Counsel Commentator

An insider’s knowledge of the criminal justice system makes John Teakell a sought-after defense counsel commentator for media outlets. He has appeared on CNN, Court TV, NBC Nightly News as well as many Dallas/Fort Worth network affiliates. Publications such as Time magazine, the Los Angeles Times, the Dallas Morning News, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and the Dallas Business Journal have frequently quoted Teakell.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • National Association Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Dallas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Tarrant County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Association of Federal Defense Attorneys
  • American Bar Association
  • Dallas Bar Association
  • Tarrant County Bar Association
  • Association of Former SEC Attorneys

Published Articles

Mr. Teakell has published articles in the Texas Lawyer and Executive Legal Advisor

Classes/Seminars Taught

  • Instructor, Criminal Trial Advocacy Course, Attorney General’s Advocacy Institute, Washington, D.C., 1991 – 1997
  • Instructor, Fraud Courses, Legal Education Working Group – Department of Justice, 1997
  • Seminar Speaker, “Aggressive Criminal Defense in Texas”, Houston, Texas, 2003
  • Speaker, “Parallel Defenses in Criminal and Civil Cases,” Dallas Bar Association, Criminal Law Section Meeting, Dallas, Texas, 2004.

Previous Employment

  • Securities and Exchange Commission – Southeast Regional Office, Senior Trial Counsel, 2000 – 2002
  • United States Attorney’s Office, District of Puerto Rico, Assistant United States Attorney, 1998 – 2000
  • United States Attorney’s Office – Northern District of Texas, Assistant United States Attorney, 1990 – 1998
  • United States Attorney’s Office – Eastern District of Oklahoma, Assistant United States Attorney, 1988 – 1990
  • Oklahoma County District Attorney’s Office, Oklahoma City, OK, Assistant District Attorney, 1984 – 1988
  • Stack and Barnes, P.C., Attorneys at Law, Law Clerk, 1984
  • First National Bank and Trust Company of Oklahoma City, Banking Officer/Trust Officer, 1979 – 1984


Oklahoma City University School of Law, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 1985 J.D. Oklahoma State University, 1979. B.S.

Contact an Experienced Criminal Attorney

Phone: (214) 523-9076
Cell: (214) 569-9076
Fax: (214) 523-9077