John Haarlow, Jr. is a seasoned commercial litigation attorney focusing his practice in closely held business, employment, intellectual property and financial services disputes. He has served clients ranging from individuals to large public corporations in the real estate, consumer goods, legal, manufacturing, food and beverage and technology industries, among others. John is co-chair of the Closely Held Businesses Practice Group.
John has significant experience in the courtroom or hearing venue -- trials, arbitration hearings and multiple successful dispositive motions and arguments. But, he is just as comfortable at the negotiating table or handling a key deposition. Clients turn to John to set the strategy and bring a creative approach to solving their legal problems. He frequently manages complex, multimillion dollar cases and generates effective outcomes in keeping with client needs.
In 2017, Law Bulletin Media selected John as one of the 40 most talented young attorneys in Illinois for 2017. The 2017 “Forty Under 40” honorees were selected by the Law Bulletin’s publishers from over 1,500 nominated attorneys across Illinois. John was recognized for his quick wit, professionalism and dedication to his clients’ needs. His nominators described John as “stunningly effective” and “destined to be a prize litigator.”
From 2013 through 2017, Super Lawyers selected John as an Illinois Rising Star, an honor given to fewer than 2.5 percent of all Illinois lawyers. John was also selected in 2015, 2016 and 2017 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.
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.
John serves as a member of the 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 three children.
- 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
- Author, "Mississippi High Court Holds That Arbitration May Hear LLC Dissolution Claims Despite LLC Act," August 4, 2020.
- Author, "Nevada Federal Court Affirms That Utah Partnerships Can Be Formed Without Certificates of Partnership," July 20, 2020.
- Author, "You Can't Make Me Sign That! Florida Appellate Court Holds Deadlocked Corporation's Shareholder Cannot Be Forced to Sign Financing Documents," July 2, 2020.
- Author, "A Sister Too Close? Illinois Appellate Court Laterally Pierces Corporate Veil Within Family Real Estate Business," May 29, 2020.
- Author, "Which Hat Are You Wearing? Illinois First District Highlights Technical Pitfalls In Corporate Records Requests," April 8, 2020.
- Author, "Supreme Court Eliminates "Wholly Groundless Exception," June 21, 2019, ABA Section of Litigation - Attorney Dispute Resolution
- Author, "California Appeals Court Holds, As A Matter Of First Impression That Pending Stock Buyout Does Not Preclude Shareholders' Petition To Compel Annual Shareholders' Meeting," September 12, 2018.
- Author, "Illinois First District Holds Managers Alone Owe Fiduciary Duties to LLCs, Other Officers Do Not," May 9, 2018.
- Author, "New FERC Rule Paves the Way for Greater Renewable Participation in Wholesale Markets," Energy Alert, June 2018.
- Author, "New York Court Holds Under Delaware Law That LLC Agreement That Elects Diminution for Failure to Meet Capital Call Excludes Common Law and Other Remedies," April 6, 2018.
- Author, "Northern District of Illinois Holds That Health Problems and Domination of Affairs Does Not Rise to Automatic Dissociation Under Illinois LLC Act," March 2, 2018.
- Author, "Illinois Appellate Court Finds Cause Required For Expulsion From LLC," March 2, 2018.
- Author, "New York Supreme Court Illustrates What Not To Do When You Want A Business Divorce," February 13, 2018.
- Author, "Illinois First District Reverses Merger-Halting TRO, Citing Business Corporation Act’s Dissenters’ Rights," January 26, 2018.
- Author, "Delaware Court of Chancery Rejects Books and Records Request Crafted by Counsel Rather than Shareholder," November 13, 2017.
- Author, "Illinois Supreme Court Confirms Significant Limitations on Corporate Personal Jurisdiction Post-Daimler AG, Illinois Appellate Court Follows Suit," September 21, 2017.
- "Be Careful What You Sign at Mediation," a Case Note on Beverly v. Abbott Laboratories, 817 F.3d 328, 334 (7th Cir. 2016), Practice Points, American Bar Association, Section of Litigation, Alternative Dispute Resolution Website, June 29, 2016. View PDF
- 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.
- Second chairing arbitration of a $3 million corporate earnout dispute that resulted in a complete victory.
- Second chairing a trial victory on behalf of a recording artist who was accused of breaching her recording contract.
- Second chairing a highly expedited 60 day JAMS arbitration of a multimillion dollar contract dispute.
- 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.
- Managing an extensive internal investigation of a potential $500 MM claim against Fortune 200 consumer goods and manufacturing company.
- Successfully obtaining summary judgment in arbitration on behalf of a financial services company based on res judicata and release of claims in a prior settlement agreement.
- 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.
- Helping represent a media company in successfully defeating an attempt by the Chicago Tribune to obtain a preliminary injunction over trademark rights.
- John Haarlow, Jr. named on Chicago Law Media's 2020 Leading Lawyers in Illinois List
- John Haarlow, Jr. named in Law Bulletin's 2017 “Forty Under 40” List
- 2017 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars
- 2016 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars
- Leading Lawyers Recognizes 10 Novack and Macey Attorneys as Leading Lawyers and 5 as Emerging Lawyers in 2016
- John Haarlow Talks About the Wage Payment Act, Employer Liability and the Possibility of Personal Liability If a Claimant Prevails
- Novack and Macey’s Successful Defense of Legal Malpractice Case Culminates in Unanimous Seventh Circuit Decision
- “Small but Mighty” Litigation Boutique Scores Eight Appellate Victories in 2012 with John Haarlow
- Illinois Bar Journal Publishes Article on “Recovering Attorney Fees for Defending Frivolous Claims” by Monte L. Mann and John B. Haarlow, Jr.
- Illinois First District Appellate Court Affirms $7 Million Judgment in Favor of Novack and Macey’s Trust Client with John Haarlow
- John Haarlow, Jr. Explains How to Manage an Online Presence Using Trademarks and Domain Names
- Federal Court Relies on Article Co-Authored by Haarlow
- Marinello and Haarlow Author Article in Illinois Bar Journal on “Nonparty Discovery Under the Federal Arbitration Act”
- Victory for Fox News Network vs. Chicago Tribune over ‘Red Eye’ Name
- Novack and Macey Secures Trial Victory