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As the Regulatory Section Leader of the Firm’s Financial Institutions Group, John concentrates his practice on regulatory, governance and investigative matters involving financial institutions.

He is a frequent speaker and author in the financial institutions area on issues surrounding banking regulations, examinations and enforcement actions.  He teaches banking law and regulation at Chicago-Kent College of Law's Graduate Program in Financial Services Law and serves on the Board of Advisors of its Institute for Compliance.  He is the Co-Editor of the two-volume edition, Advising Illinois Financial Institutions, in which he wrote a chapter on bank enforcement issues, and is the co-author of the chapter “Bank Examination and Enforcement” in The Keys to Banking Law: A Handbook for Lawyers (2012).  John is past Chairman of both the American Bar Association Committee on Banking Law's Enforcement, Insider Liability and Troubled Banks Subcommittee and the Chicago Bar Association’s Financial Institutions Committee.

John also devotes significant time to Bank Secrecy Act/anti-money laundering issues.  John is the Chairman of the American Bar Association Committee on Banking Law’s Bank Secrecy Act/Anti-Money Laundering Subcommittee.  He also serves on the Advisory Board of The Anti-Money Laundering Association and is the President of its Chicago Chapter.  He frequently lectures on the subject, including at Georgetown University’s Center for Security Studies and Chicago-Kent College of Law.  He is the author of a chapter in the upcoming book, Understanding and Combating Terrorist Financing, and is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS).

Prior to joining the Firm in 1999, John was both a bank regulator and a compliance consultant. He served as legal counsel for the Illinois bank regulatory agency. John also obtained practical experience with respect to bank operations and compliance issues as a regulatory consultant with a regional accounting firm, performing compliance reviews and training for a variety of financial institutions.

Representative Experience

Professional Activities & Honors

  • Chairman, Bank Secrecy Act/Anti-Money Laundering Subcommittee, American Bar Association Committee on Banking Law
  • President, Midwest Chapter, Anti-Money Laundering Association (AMLA)
  • Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist, Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS)
  • Member, Business Executives for National Security
  • Advisory Board, Chicago-Kent College of Law Institute for Compliance
  • Adjunct Professor, Banking Law and Regulations, Chicago-Kent College of Law
  • Chairman, Enforcement, Insider Liability and Troubled Banks Subcommittee, American Bar Association Committee on Banking Law (2011-2014)
  • Faculty Advisor, Illinois Bankers Association, Law & Banking Principles Class (2005-2008)
  • Chairman, Chicago Bar Association Financial Institutions Committee (2002-2003)

Speaking Engagements & Presentations

Other Events & Speaking Engagements

  • 2010 Speaker, "Risky Business: Risk Management War Stories from the Battlefield," IBA Compliance Conference

Articles & Publications



DePaul University College of Law, J.D., 1995

American University, B.A., 1992

Bar & Court Admissions

  • State of Illinois
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