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John Burke is the chair of Ice Miller's Litigation Group and is the Chicago office managing partner. His area of practice is commercial litigation with an emphasis on complex contract and business disputes. He has handled cases in almost every area of commercial litigation including breach of contract, Uniform Commercial Code, fraud, franchise, legal malpractice, construction, bankruptcy and reorganization, environmental, partnership and real estate litigation.

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John has worked in commercial litigation in Chicago since graduating from law school in 1990. After graduating from law school, John spent the first half of his career with the law firm of DLA Piper where he worked as a partner in the litigation group until he joined Ice Miller in 2005.

John has broad experience in commercial litigation. He has represented private and publicly held companies in a wide variety of disputes, including those involving consumer fraud, trade secret misappropriation, breach of fiduciary duty, shareholder and partnership disputes, breach of representations and warranties, franchise disputes, employee raiding and restrictive covenants and confidentiality agreements.

John also has substantial experience in real estate litigation, especially title disputes, environmental, zoning and land use regulation. Burke has tried construction, title and land use disputes in Cook County and the collar counties.

John particularly enjoys working in the area of temporary restraining orders and preliminary injunctions where a client seeks immediate relief from the court. John has prosecuted and defended a number of temporary restraining orders and preliminary injunction actions in Cook County. Besides his experience in injunction actions, he has tried bench and jury trials in state and federal court. While John enjoys trying cases, he has conducted a number of successful mediations on behalf of his clients where alternative dispute resolution provides a better outcome for his clients' problems.

John comes from a family that has a strong legal tradition. His grandfather, Joseph, emigrated from Ireland at the turn of the 20th century. Joseph Burke joined the bench at the age of 34 and remained a judge until he retired at the age of 88 as an Illinois Appellate Court Judge. Burke's father, Jerome, served as a Cook County trial court judge for more than 23 years. Burke's wife, Eileen, is also an Illinois Appellate Judge since 2016.

John volunteers at his church and has coached kids soccer in the fall and spring for the past 14 years. John is also a soccer player himself. In fact, John met another Ice Miller partner on the soccer field back in 1988, who convinced John to join Ice Miller in 2005.

John was a firm-wide deputy managing partner from 2014 to 2018.
Representative Clients
Reported and Representative Cases
  • AXA Ins. Co. v. Magneco/Metrel, Inc., No. 6:17-CV-00273-ADA, 2018 WL 5733171 (W.D. Tex. Oct. 1, 2018)
  • Cox v. Lashbrook, No. 16-CV-1096-NJR-DGW, 2018 WL 4520272 (S.D. Ill. Sept. 21, 2018)
  • John Doe Corporations 1 and 2 v. Huizenga Managers Fund, LLC, et al., (Ill. App. 2018)
  • Blum v. Zalusky, (Ill. App. 2017)
  • Wade v. Stewart Title Guaranty Company, (Ill. App. 2017)
  • Caulfield v. Packer, (Ill. App. 2015)
  • DeGroate Petroleum Service, Inc. v. National Farmers Union Property and Casualty Company, (Ill. App. 2012)
  • In Re: Estate of Erla M. Feinberg, (Ill. App. 2011)
  • The State Journal-Register and Bruce Rushton v. University of Illinois Springfield, (Ill. App. 2012)
  • Botaba Realty Company, Ltd. v. Harris Bank Joliet, N.A., (Ill. App. 2011)
  • Chicago Tribune Company v. University of Illinois Board of Trustees, (7th Cir. 2011)(Amicus Brief)
  • Stewart Title Guaranty Company v. CVOF 71, LLC, (Ill. App. 2011)
  • Navistar, Inc. v. New Baltimore Garage, Inc., (N.D.Ill. 2011)
  • The Lamar Companies v. West Harrison Funding I, LLC, (Ill. App. 2007)
  • GD 22 Washington LLC v. Block 37 Office LLC,  (Cir. Ct. Ill. 2006)
  • Ethel Hill v. WMC Mortgage Corp., (Ill. App. 2005)
  • Mercury Skyline Yacht Charters v. The Dave Matthews Band, Inc., 2005 WL 3159680 (N.D. Ill. 2005)
  • Paul H. Schwendener v. Jupiter Elec., (Ill. App. 2005)
  • Board of Ed. of Sunset School Dist. No. 29 v. Village of Northbrook, (Ill. App. 1998)
  • Super Wash Inc. v. Darnall Concrete Products Co., (Ill. App. 1998)
  • GE Capital Mortgage Services, Inc. v. Joel L. Bernheim, (Ill. App. 1996)
  • Flair Communications Agency, Inc. v. Couture Intro West, Inc., (Ill. App. 1995)
  • Kurtz v. Solomon, (Ill. App. 1995)
  • County of Boone v. State of Illinois, (Ill. App. 1990)
  • Union Carbide Corporation v. Oscar Mayer Foods Corporation, (7th Cir. 1990)
  • United Steel Services, Inc. v. Northwestern University, (Ill. App. 1990)
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