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John D. Dakmak

Senior Attorney
fax +1 313.309.6888

John D. Dakmak represents clients accused of or being investigated for white-collar crimes throughout the country. John also represents clients in a variety of business-related litigation and administrative processes.

John defends those accused of federal and state criminal offenses and represents parties in civil litigation. John has first-chaired more than 250 trials to verdict.

John also represents clients as it relates to state and federal administrative matters such as professional licensing investigations. John has extensive experience in successfully representing clients, both individual and corporate, in these matters that many times involve a potential criminal prosecution component. John’s years of experience as a prosecutor give him the ability to issue spot such legal hazards that may be unknown to a client.

Because of his wide-ranging experience in government, John is able to work closely with federal and state attorneys and investigators from agencies such as the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Michigan Attorney General’s Office, FBI, DEA, Secret Service, ATF, ICE, Department of Labor, and Department of Health and Human Services, while always putting his client’s interests and well-being first.

John began his legal career as law clerk to the Honorable Michael J. Kelly in the Michigan Court of Appeals. Following his clerkship and continuing for ten years, John was a prosecutor in the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office and the Michigan Department of Attorney General. As a prosecutor, John handled complex matters such as cold-case homicide, narcotics trafficking, tax evasion, criminal enterprise, political corruption, and fraud prosecutions. John worked with many members of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies in several inter-jurisdictional task forces ranging in scope from violent crime reduction initiatives to the investigation and prosecution of white-collar criminal enterprises. John also served as the Director of Legislative Affairs for the Michigan Attorney General giving him in-depth exposure to the Michigan Legislature and Governor’s Office.


J.D., Michigan State University College of Law, East Lansing, Michigan, 1997
B.S., University of Detroit Mercy, Detroit, Michigan, 1992


The Detroit Athletic Club Foundation, Board Member

Knights of Columbus

Michigan Lawyers Chapter of the Federalist Society, Secretary

Michigan State University Michigan Political Leadership Program, Fellow

St. John Hospital Guild, Lifetime Member

State Bar Licenses


Court Admissions

U.S. District Ct., E.D. of Michigan
U.S. District Ct., W.D. of Michigan