John Haarlow, Jr.



John Haarlow, Jr. has a wide variety of experience in civil litigation and arbitration, focusing his practice in intellectual property and closely held business disputes.

John has participated in several trials and arbitration hearings at the second and third chair level, including managing trial preparation and examining witnesses. He has drafted the full spectrum of motions, managed complex, multimillion dollar cases and participated in all facets of discovery.  He is a member of the firm's Energy Disputes Practice Group.

Before joining the firm, John served as a clerk for Senior District Judge Suzanne B. Conlon of the Northern District of Illinois and was an associate at Jenner and Block.

In 2015 and 2016, Super Lawyers selected John as an Illinois Rising Star, an honor given to fewer than 2.5 percent of all Illinois lawyers. John also was selected in 2015 and 2016 as an “Emerging Lawyer” by Law Bulletin Publishing Company. Emerging Lawyers are those who are age 40 or under or have been practicing law for 10 years or less. Less than two percent of all lawyers in the State receive this distinction.

John serves as a member of the Foundation Board of the Sue Duncan Children’s Center which provides free after-school educational and recreational programming for inner-city children. He currently resides in Chicago with his wife, Courtney, and daughter.


  • Princeton University (A.B. 1999)
  • University of Illinois School of Law (J.D. 2004), Summa Cum Laude, Order of the Coif; administrative editor, University of Illinois Law Review

Speeches & Publications

  • Co-Author, Chapter 7, “Civil Procedure Issues in Closely Held Entities,” Handbook on Disputes Involving Closely Held Companies, published by the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 2015.
  • “Exhaustion of Administrative Remedies Does Not Apply in Arbitration of Employment Claims,” a Case Note on Virk v. Maple-Gate Anesthesiologists, P.C., News & Developments, American Bar Association, Section of Litigation, Alternative Dispute Resolution Website, May 26, 2015. View PDF.
  • “In Second Circuit an Arbitrator Decides Claim Preclusion in the First Instance,” a Case Note on Citigroup, Inc. v. Abu Dhabi Inv. Auth., News & Developments, American Bar Association, Section of Litigation, Alternative Dispute Resolution Website, February 18, 2015. View PDF.
  • “Third Circuit Distinguishes Arbitrator Error from Misconduct,” a Case Note on Bellantuono v. ICAP Securities USA, LLC, News & Developments, American Bar Association, Section of Litigation, Alternative Dispute Resolution Website, August 18, 2014. View PDF.
  • “Recovering Attorney Fees for Defending Frivolous Claims,” 100 Ill. B.J. 474 (Sept. 2012). View PDF.
  • “Nonparty Discovery Under the Federal Arbitration Act,” 98 Ill. B.J. 476 (Sept. 2010). View PDF.
  • “Departing Executives and the Wage Payment Act,” 96 Ill. B.J. 139 (Mar. 2008). View PDF.

Representative Cases

  • Second chairing a trial victory on behalf of a recording artist who was accused of breaching her recording contract, in which he examined an expert witness, the founder of a record company.
  • Playing a key role in a highly expedited 60 day JAMS arbitration of a multimillion dollar contract dispute, from drafting the claim, interviewing and preparing witnesses, managing discovery and trial preparation and examining a witness at the hearing.
  • Representing one side in a series of disputes concerning the management of a number of closely-held businesses, culminating in an eight-day trial of the largest case.
  • Assisting in obtaining summary judgment for an AmLaw 100 firm on the basis that the claims asserted against it constituted a fraud on the court.
  • Managing a multimillion dollar trademark infringement claim against a Fortune 500 company.
  • Helping represent FOX News in successfully defeating an attempt by the Chicago Tribune to obtain a preliminary injunction preventing FOX News from using the name “Red Eye” for its late night television news show.