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John is a co-founder and partner of Wiczer & Sheldon. In addition to advising his clients concerning their general corporate needs, John is a trial and appellate lawyer, focusing on business, financial and tort litigation. In his 15 years of private practice, John has represented clients in various industries in matters involving a wide range of issues. He has tried cases in both state and federal court, and mediated and arbitrated numerous matters outside of court. Among other matters, John has represented clients in actions involving breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, non-compete agreements, trade secrets and other claims.
John is a firm believer in working not just for his clients, but with them, working closely with his clients to understand how each piece of litigation affects his clients and their businesses. Because of this approach, John’s relationships with his clients often last well beyond any particular case, extending into general strategic advice and business counseling. John also devotes significant time to advising his clients on ways they can avoid litigation in the first place. When litigation is the only option, John’s results-driven case preparation reduces unnecessary motion practice and discovery, thereby saving his clients on legal fees. John keeps clients informed throughout litigation as the case moves forward. In all instances, John is committed to helping his clients maximize business opportunities, regardless of whether litigation is involved or not.
John began his career as a prosecutor in the Cook County (Illinois) State's Attorney's office. Since moving to private practice, John has also worked extensively on commercial bankruptcy matters and creditors’ rights, admiralty and maritime cases and tax matters.
John earned his B.S. degree in broadcast journalism from Syracuse University in 1991 and his J.D. from the University of Loyola (Chicago) School of Law in 1998.
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