John A. Simon

Partner Chicago
Phone: (312) 569-1392 (312) 569-1392
Fax: (312) 569-3392


John A. Simon represents clients in commercial litigation including contract disputes, real estate, construction, land use, commercial mortgage foreclosure, eminent domain, landlord tenant, and regulatory litigation. He has substantial appellate experience, including arguments in the Illinois and the U.S. Supreme Court and federal and state appellate courts around the country.

John has tried numerous jury and bench trials in federal and state court. A significant portion of his practice is focused on state and municipal governmental regulatory litigation, including environmental litigation and appellate review of agency decisions.

John began his law practice as an Illinois Assistant Attorney General in the general litigation division, where he represented state agencies and officers in state and federal courts and before administrative commissions.


U.S. Supreme Court

  • Gade v. National Solid Wastes Management Ass'n, 505 U.S. 88 (1992)

Illinois Supreme Court

  • Beverly Bank v. Illinois Department of Transportation, 144 Ill. 2d 210 (1991)
  • Kean v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., 235 Ill. 2d 351 (2009)
  • Hampton v. Metropolitan Water Reclamation District, 2016 IL 119861

U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit

  • McEvoy v. IEI Barge Services, 622 F. 3d 671 (7th Cir. 2010)
  • Chicago Tribune Co. v. Bd. of Trs. of the Univ. of Ill., 680 F. 3d 1001 (7th Cir. 2012)
  • Laborers' Pension Fund v. A & C Environmental, Inc., 301 F. 3d 768 (7th Cir. 2002)
  • Aircraft Owners and Pilots Ass'n v. Hinson, 102 F. 3d 1421 (7th Cir. 1996)
  • Vencor, Inc. v. Webb, 33 F. 3d 840 (7th Cir. 1994)

Illinois Appellate Court

  • Davis v. Kewanee Hospital, 2014 IL App (2d) 130304
  • Toyal Am. Inc. v. Ill. Pollution Control Bd., 2012 IL App (3d) 100585
  • Nationwide Gen. Ins. Co. v. Shapo, 328 Ill. App. 3d 1028 (4th Dist. 2002)
  • Lamar Whiteco Outdoor Corp. v. City of W. Chicago, 395 Ill. App. 3d 501 (2nd Dist. 2009)
  • Lamar Advantage G.P. Co., LLC v. Addison Park Dist., 354 Ill. App. 3d 130 (2nd Dist. 2004)
  • Milwaukee Safeguard Ins. Co. v. Selke, 324 Ill. App. 3d 344 (1st Dist. 2001)



Bar Admissions

  • Florida
  • Illinois


  • Loyola University Chicago School of Law, J.D., 1985
  • University of Santa Clara, B.S., 1982

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Illinois Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, Trial Bar


  • Leadership Council of Heartland Alliances National Center for Immigrant Justice
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Diversity Scholarship Foundation, Unity Awards Dinner Committee