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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 (2017). John is a vice-chair of the American Bar Association’s Banking Law Committee and a past chairman of its Enforcement, Insider Liability and Troubled Banks Subcommittee and its Bank Secrecy Act/Anti-Money Laundering Subcommittee. He also is a former chairman of the Chicago Bar Association’s Financial Institutions Committee.

John also devotes significant time to Bank Secrecy Act and anti-money laundering issues. He is on the advisory board of the Anti-Money Laundering Association and is the president of its Midwest Chapter. He has frequently lectured on the subject, including at Georgetown University’s Center for Security Studies and Chicago-Kent College of Law, where he serves as a co-director of its Center for National Security and Human Rights Law. He is the editor and author of a chapter in the upcoming book, Countering the Financing of Terrorism: Law and Policy, 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 & Community Activities

  • Vice-Chair, Banking Law Committee, American Bar Association
    • Chairman, Bank Secrecy Act/Anti-Money Laundering Subcommittee (2014-2017)
    • Chairman, Enforcement, Insider Liability and Troubled Banks Subcommittee (2011-2014)
  • Adjunct Professor, Chicago-Kent College of Law
    • Co-Director, Center for National Security and Human Rights Law
    • Advisory Board, Institute for Compliance
  • 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 (BENS)
  • Faculty Advisor, Law & Banking Principles Class, Illinois Bankers Association (2005-2008)
  • Chairman, Financial Institutions Committee, Chicago Bar Association (2002-2003)

Speaking Engagements & Presentations

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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