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John focuses his practice on complex insurance coverage litigation. His experience is broad and includes coverage disputes concerning toxic torts liability, mortgage defaults, real property title defects, environmental liability, intellectual property liability, commercial property damage and business interruption. He is both a trial lawyer and an advisor. John has litigated insurance coverage disputes involving diverse types of insurance, including First Party Property policies, Title Insurance policies, General Liability policies, Directors & Officers Liability policies, Mortgage Insurance policies, Credit Insurance policies and Employment Practices Liability policies and has extensive knowledge of insurance policy drafting history. John advises clients regarding negotiation of new and renewal policies with respect all coverages purchased by commercial businesses. He has represented clients in many jurisdictions, including the Supreme Court of Illinois and the Supreme Court of Connecticut. His practice is nationwide and also involves Lloyds and the London Market. John also acts as both neutral and party-appointed arbitrator in complex insurance coverage disputes.


  • University of Virginia School of Law, 1988, J.D.
  • University of Virginia, 1985, B.A., Economics and Philosophy, Magna Cum Laude
  • Exeter College, 1984, Academic scholarship, in summer, to study Economic History.

  • Illinois
  • District of Columbia

  • U.S. District Court - Northern District of Illinois Trial Bar

  • Fellow, American College of Coverage and Extracontractual Counsel (ACCEC)
  • Federal Trial Bar
  • 7th Circuit Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • American Bar Association: Section of Litigation, Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee
    • Co-Chair Asbestos Subcommittee
    • Co-Chair Program Committee
  • Insurance Information Counsel Illinois Policyholders Counsel Group
  • Children’s Memorial Hospital Foundation - Board Member
  • Fair Oaks Presbyterian Church - Elder
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Symphony Orchestra - Principal Clarinet; Co-Chair 1998-2000; Fundraising Chair for 20th Anniversary
  • Barristers Big Band - Founder, Band Leader and Clarinet
  • Annual Barristers Big Band Benefit Ball - Founder
  • Fair Use Quintet

Awards & Recognition

  • Ranked in the Hall of Fame in The Legal 500 USA for Insurance: advice to policyholders, 2013-2023
  • Selected through peer review for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© for Insurance Law, 2006-2024
  • Ranked in Chambers USA for Illinois Insurance: Dispute Resolution (ranked Band 1 in 2022) and Nationwide Insurance: Dispute Resolution: Policyholder, 2005-2023
  • Selected to the Illinois Super Lawyers list for Insurance Coverage, 2005-2023
  • Phi Beta Kappa; Omicron Delta Kappa; Raven Society
  • Jefferson Literary and Debating Society