John Teakell’s Bio

dallas criminal defense attorney
John R. Teakell acts as lead counsel for those charged with Texas Felonies and Federal Crimes.

John R. Teakell has over 25 years experience in criminal law as both a prosecutor and criminal defense attorney. Those charged with serious crimes seek John Teakell out for legal council because if his deep criminal law subject matter experience and firsthand knowledge of state and criminal court procedures.

While working as a federal prosecutor, state prosecutor, and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) trial attorney, Mr. Teakell prosecutors a wide range of cases including violent crimes, major drug cases, and white collar crimes including bank fraud and securities fraud. After fifteen years of criminal and securities prosecution work, John Teakell established his criminal defense firm in Dallas, Texas.

John R. Teakell represents defendants in criminal cases throughout State of Texas in federal and state courts, as well as cases in federal courts throughout the United States including Puerto Rico. As a criminal defense attorney and trial lawyer Mr. Teakell has successfully defended those charged with violent crimes, drug manufacturing and distribution, and white collar crimes including money laundering, bank fraud, securities fraud, and violations of federal securities law.

Areas of Practice

  • Assault and Battery
    • Sexual Assault including Rape
    • Murder
    • Texas Felony and Federal Violent Crimes
  • Texas Felony and Federal Drug Crimes
    • Drug Manufacturing
    • Drug Distribution
    • Drug Conspiracy
    • Prescription Fraud
  • Texas Felony and Federal Gun Crimes
    • Illegal Possession
    • Sales and Distribution
    • Manufacturing
  • Texas Felony and Federal White Collar Crimes
    • Wire Fraud
    • Bank Fraud
    • Securities Fraud
    • Bribery and Extortion
  • Texas Felony and Federal Computer Crimes
    • Unauthorized & Exceeding Access Permissions
    • Internet Fraud
    • Online Pharmacy
    • Possession & Distribution of Child Pornography

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, 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

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

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

Media Appearances

John Teakell has made appearances as a defense counsel commentator for Court TV and local NBC affiliate Channel 5, KXAS-TV, Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas. Mr. Teakell has also been quoted in Time Magazine, NBC Nightly News, Los Angeles Times, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, and the Dallas Business Journal.


  • Oklahoma State University, 1979 B.S.
  • Oklahoma City University School of Law, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 1985 J.D. Honors: Judge – Southern Methodist University Law School Moot Court, Dallas,10-1996

Past Employment Positions

  • 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