John Maksimovich

John Maksimovich

Sole Practitioner
Crown Point, Indiana

Since entering the practice of law in 1980, John Maksimovich has represented hundreds of defendants facing criminal charges in Indiana State and U.S. Federal Courts. Mr. Maksimovich has extensive experience as primary defense counsel in all aspects of complex and multi-defendant state and federal criminal cases, including bail, detention, and preliminary hearing, violation of supervised release, pre-trial motion practice, trial, sentencing, appeal, and post conviction relief. Committed to excellence in all areas of practice, Mr. Maksimovich has successfully represented defendants against both the federal and state death penalty and in the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. He is an active member of the Criminal Justice Act Panel at both the District Court and Appellate Court level for criminal, post-conviction, and civil rights appointments. Mr. Maksimovich's criminal defense work has led to numerous acquittals, case dismissals, and other favorable outcomes for individuals and multiple defendants accused of murder, RICO crimes, Hobbs act robbery crimes, drug crimes, firearm crimes, kidnapping crimes, and white collar crimes.

Areas of Practice

  • 50% Criminal Law
  • 25% Criminal Law - Federal (white collar crime)
  • 10% Driving While Intoxicated/Operating While Intoxicated
  • 10% Consumer Bankruptcy
  • 5% Divorce

Litigation Percentage

  • 90% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Indiana, 1980
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Indiana, 1980
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Indiana, 1980
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit, 1995
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1996
  • Supreme Court of Indiana


  • Indiana University School of Law, Indianapolis, Indiana
    • Juris Doctorate - 1980
  • Wabash College, Crawfordsville, Indiana
    • B.A. magna cum laude - 1975
    • Major: Political Science
  • Lew Wallace High School, Gary, Indiana - 1971


  • Death Penalty Jury Selection, Indiana Public Defender Council, 2015 to 2015

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Lake County Bar Association, Member, 1980 - Present
  • Indiana State Bar Association, Member, 1980 - Present
  • 7th Circuit Bar Association , Member, 1996 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member, 1996 - Present
  • Federal Bar Association, Member, 2016 - Present
  • American Bar Association


  • Delta Tau Delta