Robert O'Dekirk - Attorney at Law
O'Dekirk, Allred and Associates, LLC - Joliet, Illinois
Bob O'Dekirk, a Managing Partner at O'Dekirk, Allred & Associates, LLC, is known for his vast background in public service, his strong litigation skills, and his overall drive for earning positive outcomes for his clients.
Robert O'Dekirk is a graduate of the University of Illinois (1991) and the John Marshall Law School (2003). Prior to becoming an attorney, Bob worked as a Joliet Police Officer for ten years, where he worked as both a patrolman and in a plain-clothes capacity. During that time, Bob was a highly decorated officer who was nominated four times for Officer of the Year, and was the 1995 winner of the Martin S. Murrin Labor Award. Bob was an elected officer on his local Fraternal Order of Police executive board, and participated in contract negotiations, arbitration hearings, and disciplinary hearings. While still working as a police officer, Bob enrolled at the John Marshall Law School and completed his degree in four years. He wrote and edited for John Marshall Law Review and graduated with honors.
After graduation, Bob left the police department and took employment as an Assistant Corporate Counsel for the City of Chicago. As a city prosecutor, Bob was assigned to a task force, which worked in conjunction with the Chicago Police Narcotic Teams and the Cook County State Attorney's Office in prosecuting narcotic conspiracy cases within the City of Chicago. After working for three years as a prosecutor, Bob came back to Will County and worked in private practice, where he litigated countless criminal and family cases, as well as continued to work with various employment-related issues.
In the Spring, 2008, Bob was recruited to work with the United States Department of State in Iraq. Bob was deployed in August, 2008, to assist the United States Army in its efforts to rebuild, train, mentor, and advise the Iraqi Police. Approximately six months into his deployment, Bob was promoted to the position of Regional Commander for the North of Iraq in the Tikrit and Mosul regions. In this position, Bob worked with numerous high-level officers in both the U.S. Army and the Iraqi Police Services.
After 20 months of service in Iraq, Bob returned to the U.S. and resumed the practice of law at O'Dekirk, Allred & Associates, LLC. Although Bob's lawyering skills derive primarily from a criminal law background, he quickly transformed his interests and applied his skills in the family law realm. Bob's relentless efforts and incredible sense of focus resulted in him soon being named Partner at the firm.
In April, 2011, Bob was elected to the Joliet City Council, where he represented District 2 within the City of Joliet. In April, 2015, Bob was elected to serve as Mayor of the City of Joliet. Bob presently balances his position in public office with his active participation in the practice of family law with the firm.