John Thomas Moran
The Moran Law Goup
309 West Washington Street Suite 900
Chicago, IL 60606

Position: Member

TEL: (312) 630-0200

FAX: 312 630-020

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Admitted:  1969, Illinois; 1973, U.S. Supreme Court; 1976, Colorado and U.S. Courts of Appeals, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth and Ninth Circuits; U.S. District Court, Northern and Central Districts of Illinois, Northern District of Illinois Trial Bar; Illinois Court of Appeals, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth and Ninth Circuits; Trial Bar for the Northern District of Illinois

Law School: Harvard Law School, Grantee, National Endowment for the Humanities, studying jurisprudence at Harvard Law School; Georgetown University, J.D., 1968

College: University of Notre Dame, A.B., cum laude, 1965

Birth Date and Place: 

Practice Areas: Employment Law for Employees, Labor Law, Wrongful Termination,Civil Litigation

Additional Information:  I am admitted to practice in Illinois (1969) and Colorado (1976)(inactive) and before the United States District Courts for the Northern and Central Districts of Illinois, the Northern District of Illinois Trial Bar, and the United States Courts of Appeal for the Sixth, Seventh, Eighth and Ninth Circuits. I have been in practice in Chicago since 1969, joining the Office of the Public Defender in 1970. In 1973 I began as head of the Appeals Division of that Office, responsible for some 60 attorneys, concentrating in appellate and criminal law. I left to become attorney in charge of litigation at Frank & Flaherty, Chartered and on leaving that firm, I was a consultant to the American Bar Association, charged with examining the implementation of the right to counsel across the United States, preparing a monograph titiled GIDEON REVISITED. By 1985, I opened my own law firm, called the Law Offices of John T. Moran & Associates. I was a paid consultant to the now Presiding Judge of the Criminal Division of the Circuit Court of Cook County, Paul P. Biebel, Jr. while he was Acting Public Defender. By 1988, I had begun handling employment matters, from enforcement of written contracts to violations of the employment laws of the United States. I have represented unions, class plaintiffs, individual employees and whistleblowers. For example, in 2008, U.S. District Court Judge Matthew F. Kennelly confirmed the Secretary of Laborís approval of myself as general counsel for Teamsters Local 743, in Chao v. Local 743, Int'l Bhd. of Teamsters, 500 F. Supp. 2d 855 (N.D. Ill. 2007). From at least 1993 to the present, I have earned Martindale-Hubbell "av" rating, its highest rating for legal work. We have won our last three jury trials, the last $225,000 for retaliation/whistleblower/defamation. I am a recipient, National Endowment for the Humanities Scholarship, Law and Ethics, studying at Harvard Law School in 1977. In 1976, the Ford Foundation gave me a Scholarship to study International Common Law in London, Great Britain. I recently presented opening statements for the Illinois State Bar Association's Continuing Education Program on a retaliaton case.

Coleman v. Dunlap, 695 F.3d 650, 2012 U.S. App. LEXIS 17696, 34 I.E.R. Cas. (BNA) 321 (7th Cir. Ill. 2012)(denying claim of absolute immunity by judicially appointed official), Carter v. Tennant Co., 383 F.3d 673, 682 (7th Cir. 2004)(reading out of existence parts of the Illinois Workplace Privacy Act); P. O'Bannon v. Chicago Board of Education., 7th Cir. No. 02-2028 (settled on appeal for sum in excess of $520,000 for breach of employment contract); Kozlowski v. Fry, U.S. Dist. Ct. N.D. Ill., No. 00 C 5296 (all major issues of sex discrimination settled for money damages and injunctive relief including reorganization of the supervisors in the Public Defender's Office; Bordelon v. Chicago School Bd. Of Trustees, 233 F.3d 524 (7th Cir. 2000)(recognizing limited due process rights before Chicago school principals may be removed from their school); Angone v. 990 Lake Shore Drive Home Owners Ass'n., Inc., 866 F. Supp. 377 (defeated removal and preemption arguments and obtained remandment to the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois, case No. 94 L 7787 where case settled for a sum in excess of $100,000); J. Alexander v. U.S. Ecology, U.S. Dist. Ct. W.D. Ky. Louisville Div., No. 90-0282(L)J(Section 1981 lawsuit for racial discrimination settled on eve of trial after obtaining reversal in the U.S. Court of appeals in the Sixth Circuit, one of but four successful 1981 appeals nationwide after the Patterson decision; case found at 956 F.2d 268 (unpublished); text is available at: 1992 U.S. App.LEXIS 4199 (6th Cir. 1992); Academy Chicago Publishers v. Mary Cheever (1991), 143 Ill.2d 24; prepared successful petition for leave to appeal to the Illinois Supreme Court on the unresolved question of whether author John Cheever's publishing contract's covenant of good faith and fair dealing is satisfied by the presentation of a manuscript to the publisher containing 60% public domain (non-protected) stories; People v. Cassazza (1991), 144 Ill.2d 414; cert.den. (defendants' Fourth amendment right to be free from unlawful search and seizure on their yacht upheld; police threat to remove them from yacht while warrant obtained held coercive); Brown v. Illinois, U.S. Supreme Court, 422 U.S. 590 (1975)(representing Brown)(held: that the mere recitation of Miranda warnings in the context of a warrant less and illegal arrest/interrogation violates the values inherent in the overlapping of the Fifth and Sixth Amendments to the Constitutuion); Browder v. Illinois Dep't. of Corrections, U.S. Supreme Court, 434 U.S. 257 (1978)(representing successful petitioner Browder)(though the federal habeas statute is "sui gegneris," the Federal Rule of Civil Procedure governing the time for filing notice of appeal is jurisdictional and the State's late filing of its notice of appeal is a nullity); People v. Caballes, 221 Ill.2d 282 (2006), on remand from vacation by the Supreme Court of the United States, Illinois v. Caballes, 543 U.S. 405, 410, 125 S.Ct. 834, 838, 160 L.Ed.2d 842, 848 (2005), reconsidering the court's application of the "lock-step" doctrine to Fourth Amendment questions; A & A Enterprises v. Gutierrez, No. 1-91-3157; successfully dismissed appeal of one who lost tax deed proceeding in trial court; First National Bank of Deerfield v. Lewis (1st Dist. 1989), 186 Ill.App.3d 16 (representing Lewis)(reaffirming the Illinois Supreme Court's holding in 1884 that individual accounts are not subject to bank setoffs for partnership debts are; earlier appeal, 163 Ill. App.3d 160, agreed with Lewis that chancery order lacked language of finality; remanded); People v. Nell Blitstein (1st Dist. 1989), 192 Ill.App.3d 281 (conviction for theft by deception of $150,000 from employer reversed outright for failure to prosecute within the statue of limitations; People v. Clark (1986), II4 Ill.2d 450 (aggravated arson conviction void; presumption of coercion in a confession not applicable where defendant did not testify at his hearing as to circumstances leading to emergency surgery on his thorax); People v. Cassazza (1991), 144 Ill.2d 414, dert. Den. (defendants' Fourth amendment right to be free from unlawful search and seizure on their yacht upheld; police threat to remove them from yacht while warrant obtained held coercive); Leo N. Dubrovin v. Marshall Field & Company (1989), 180 Ill.App. 3d 992, 536 N.E.2d 800 (defamation by conduct recognized); SEC v. Ogle, U.S. Dist. Ct. No. 99 CV 0609 (settled without a finding of liability); Majca v. Beekil (1998), 183 Ill. 2d 407; 701 N.E.2d 1084 (negligent infliction of emotional distress, fear of contracting AIDS - policy and standards for stating the tort); R. Sims v. CBS and Penguin Books., 3rd Judicial District, Illinois, (6/13/97) defeated motions to dismiss libel arising out of a "docudrama" entitled Precious Victims aired twice by CBS - set for jury trial on March 2, 1998 (settled); Blackwell v. American Airlines, Inc., N.D. Ill. Case No. 98 C 6856 (jury verdict for plaintiff in ADA/race/retaliatory discharge case); Minnitti v. Northwestern Univ.y, Cir.Ct. Cook Cty. Law Div. No. 2000 L 00603 (retaliatory discharge action settled for monetary sum in excess of jurisdictional limit); Colvin v. United Airlines, Cir.Ct. Cook Cty. Law Div. No. 97 L I5996 (part time/full time employee settled for reinstatement with full union seniority rights); Hammann v. Carlinville Community Unit School Dist. No. 1, et al., No. 92-3238 (multiple sexual/physical abuse of bus riding children under Title IX, U.S. Education Act)(unique use of federal judges as binding arbitrator); lead trial counsel in law firm shareholder action, Fohrman v. Goldberg, 90 CH 12388 (award of $1,500,000 for partnership interest)(affirmed on appeal, No. 1-93-1546); R. Milone v. Camp, 22 F.3d 693 (7th Cir., cert. den.)(court agreed petitioner showed likely innocence for offense but holds one who is "probably" innocent can not receive any relief in federal habeas corpus); Banks v. Castaneda, No. 10-L-014092, jury verdict for compensatory and punitive damages; Bajalo v. Northwestern University, 369 Ill.App.3d 576, 860 N.E.2d 556 (2006)(retaliatory discharge/whistleblower claim); Majmudar v. House of Spices (India), Case No. No. 08 L 4338, trial court finding in favor of client on written employment contract; the question of attorney fees under the Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act pending on appeal;

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