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Overview

Jon represents clients in asbestos litigation, toxic tort and product liability matters.

Clients and legal teams appreciate Jon’s genuine enthusiasm and added initiative when it comes to moving high-profile cases forward. He is known for his routine research of districts and jurisdictions, flagging news of the industry and knowing what’s trending so as to best defend and advocate for clients. Jon has mediated complex settlements and taken numerous depositions on behalf of clients. He is part of the firm’s award-winning Asbestos Litigation team, offering clients a multi-pronged approach to dockets that includes:

  • Proprietary technology designed for asbestos matters
  • Cost-effective legal project management
  • Coordinated strategies and custom client solutions

Jon is an analytical thinker offering customized legal advice to clients. Always keeping client business demands top of mind, he helps streamline issues so that companies and corporations keep running, even in the face of complex litigation. Clients value his unwavering work ethic and innovative thinking.


Services

Education

  • J.D., Chicago-Kent College of Law
    • Black Law Students Association
    • National Trial Advocacy Team
    • National Board of Trial Advocacy (NBTA) Tournament of Champions Semifinalist
    • Texas Young Lawyers Association (TYLA) National Trial Competition Region 8 Champion; National Semifinalist
  • B.A., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Admissions

  • Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Chicago Bar Association, Tort Litigation Committee Co-Chair
  • Cook County Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
Featured Experience

Jon negotiates a win-win on a pro bono landlord-tenant case.

Although Jon focuses on asbestos litigation matters, a memorable case was a pro bono matter he handled for a tenant during a frigid Chicago winter. When the tenant withheld rent because necessary repairs to her Section 8 rental unit were allegedly not made, her landlord threatened eviction for nonpayment. Such an eviction threatened not only the client-tenant’s immediate housing, but her eligibility to obtain future Section 8 housing. Jon made the landlord aware of various applicable statutes, then negotiated a move-out date agreeable to both parties. This gave the client-tenant time to make other housing arrangements, preserved her ability to access the Section 8 program in future and – most importantly – averted a crisis housing situation in the middle of Chicago’s sub-zero temperatures, which was what she’d feared most.


Additional Experience
  • Conducted 75+ depositions, cross-examining plaintiffs – including governmental delegates – alleging asbestos exposure from engineering conglomerate client's products, services or equipment.
  • Guided successful mediations after mass transportation tragedy resulted in accidental deaths.
  • Reviewed and identified responsive and relevant discovery documents in case where investment management client alleged that pharmaceutical company engaged in deceptive and fraudulent acts.
  • Prepared plaintiff clients for depositions in nursing home negligence matters.
  • Drafted operating agreements for emerging startup company entering marijuana industry.
  • Represented franchise client in premises liability matter.
Outside the Office

He’s a big fan of his Chicago sports teams, as well as a devoted follower of the Philadelphia Eagles. Jon lives in the city’s West Loop neighborhood, a hub for dining out, and strives to try every Michelin-rated restaurant in Chicago. Getting away from the city, he takes an annual international trip with his dad. Most recently they went to Italy – next stop: Spain.

Community Leadership
  • Chicago-Kent College of Law Mock Trial Team, coach