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John is co-chair of the Firm's Financial Institutions Group and has advised hundreds of financial institutions on strategic, corporate governance and other matters for over 30 years. His extensive experience includes the representation of numerous public companies, as well as regional and community banks. John spends considerable time counseling institutions with respect to mergers and acquisitions, regulatory enforcement, and securities and corporate law matters.

John has been teaching banking law at Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law since 2001.  He previously taught bank holding company law at Chicago Kent College of Law's graduate program in financial services law and has been a visiting lecturer at other law schools. He is a well-known speaker at national conferences involving the financial institutions area, addressing bank trade associations, regulators and industry groups across the country. He is one of only three recipients of the Illinois Bankers Association’s Distinguished Bank Counsel Award.

He is the Co-Editor of the two-volume handbook, Advising Illinois Financial Institutions.  A long time member of the American Bar Association Business Law Section’s Banking Law Committee, he is the founder and also served as Chairman of its Community Bank Matters Subcommittee.

Representative Experience

Professional & Community Activities

  • Member, Banking Law Committee, American Bar Association (1981-Present)
    • Founder & Former Chairman, Community Bank Matters Subcommittee
  • Adjunct Professor, Banking Law, Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law (2001-Present)
  • Selected, The Best Lawyers in America© (2007-2019)
    •  Banking and Finance Law
    •  Financial Services Regulation Law
  • Selected, Illinois Super Lawyers (2009-2013, 2017-2018)
  • Selected, Leading Lawyers Network (2006-2018)
  • Ranked, Top Rated Lawyer in Banking & Finance Law, American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell™ (2013 )
  • Recipient, IBA’s Distinguished Bank Counsel Award
  • Adjunct Professor, Graduate Financial Services Program, IIT/Chicago Kent College of Law
  • Co-Editor, Advising Illinois Financial Institutions, Two-Volume Handbook (2006)

Speaking Engagements & Presentations

Articles & Publications



Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, J.D., 1975

Northwestern University, B.A., 1972

Bar & Court Admissions

  • State of Illinois
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