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John J Curry Jr

About John Curry

About me



Since leaving the U.S. Department of Justice in 1986, John J. Curry, Jr. has earned a reputation as a successful business and commercial trial lawyer.  Parlaying his government trial experience into an extensive practice in civil trial and appellate practice in both state and federal courts, Mr. Curry has achieved outstanding successes in numerous jury trials, bench trials, arbitrations, and appeals.

As a skilled litigator, Mr. Curry represents a broad range of business enterprises, including banks and financial institutions, national franchisors and franchisees, real estate developers and managers, industrial manufacturers, retailers and sales companies, moving and storage companies, professional service providers, among others.

In representing the interests of both publicly traded and privately held businesses in complex commercial litigation, Mr. Curry has significant expertise in contract disputes, banking law, UCC matters, fraud and business torts, officer, director, and shareholder liability, partnership disputes, corporate governance and dissolution, employer/employee disputes, employment discrimination, real estate and property rights, eminent domain, intellectual property, injunctions, and temporary restraining orders.

Beyond his usual areas of practice, Mr. Curry has represented individuals on a select basis in a wide variety of issues, including product liability, trust, estate, and probate disputes, regulatory enforcement and defense, libel and slander.  In addition to his extensive litigation experience, Mr. Curry engages in alternative dispute resolution and negotiates advantageous settlements.



  • American Bar Association, Litigation Section
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Civil Practice Section
  • Chicago Bar Association, Chairman 2006, CLE Subcommittee of the Commercial Litigation Section
  • DuPage County Bar Association
  • District of Columbia Bar
  • Chicago Lawyers’ Division of The Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy, Co-Founder and Advisor
  • Clarendon Hills Illinois Village Caucus, Past President
  • Illinois State Society of Washington, D.C., Past President
  • Auxiliary Board of the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Past Director
  • Cook County Republican Central Committee, Past Treasurer
  • Awarded Order of Constantine, Sigma Chi International Fraternity
  • Past Regional Finalist, The White House Fellowship Program


  • Trial Attorney, U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Washington, D.C.
  • Assistant Attorney General, State of Illinois
  • Special Assistant Attorney General, State of Illinois
  • Assistant Village Attorney, Village of Lisle, Illinois
  • Panel Attorney, ABA Indochinese Refugee Legal Assistance Program


  • J.D., Vanderbilt University, 1978
  • Assistant Editor, Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law
  • B.A., Northwestern University, 1975


  • Illinois, 1978
  • District of Columbia, 1986
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2007
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit, 1981
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, Trial Bar, 1978
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana, 2006