John R. Schleiter

Partner, Chicago Office

John Schleiter is a partner in the firm’s Chicago office. His legal practice involves representing the interests of domestic and foreign corporations as well as insurance companies. Mr. Schleiter’s experience includes both complex transactional and large scale litigation matters. Exemplar defense cases involve class actions, multi-district litigation in the federal circuit, construction defect cases, product liability cases and commercial litigation matters. Mr. Schleiter has successfully defended his clients in cases involving numerous parties wherein hundreds of millions of dollars in damages are claimed.

Exemplar plaintiff cases arise out of product failures, fires and explosions which resulted in damage to both property and business interests. Such cases involve the analysis of complex tort, contractual and Uniform Commercial Code issues. The firm has successfully obtained nine-figure recoveries for its clients in plaintiff cases.

Mr. Schleiter prides himself on being able to methodically and effectively counsel and advise his clients as they work their way through complex litigation. Mr. Schleiter understands that the most effective method of resolving disputes is to avoid them in the first place. To this end, Mr. Schleiter provides advice and counsel to companies on best practices to help guard against becoming a defendant in a case. Mr. Schleiter advises manufacturers of food products on the potential implications of state and federal regulations and is experienced in resolving legal disputes for food industry clients. Mr. Schleiter regularly lectures abroad on the legal considerations of doing business in the United States, and is a frequent lecturer domestically on litigation skills and considerations.

Mr. Schleiter is a Trustee for the Ray Graham Association, an organization that supports and works with people with disabilities. He also sits on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Subrogation Professionals, an organization by which he was recognized as the 2013 Board Member of the Year.


  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, B.A. 1993
  • The John Marshall Law School, J.D. 1996


  • Illinois
  • United States District Court- Northern District of Illinois
  • United States District Court- Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • Pro hac vice throughout the United States

Professional Affiliations

  • National Association of Subrogation Professionals
  • Past Board Member, National Association of Subrogation Professionals
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Council on Litigation Management
  • Institute of Forensic Investigations

Volunteer / Public Service

  • Ray Graham Association, Trustee

311 S Wacker Drive
Suite 1500
Chicago, Illinois 60606
(312) 551-0200