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JONATHAN B. AMARILIO focuses his practice in civil appellate litigation and has been involved in a number of high profile cases. He has experience representing individuals, small businesses, state and local governments, and a number of Fortune 500 companies before state and federal appellate courts, primarily the Illinois Appellate Court, the Illinois Supreme Court and the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Jonathan has also served as a Special Assistant Attorney General for the State of Illinois and as a Special Assistant Corporation Counsel for the City of Chicago in a number of matters. Some of these appellate cases have involved:

  • Antitrust claims involving the Foreign Trade Antitrust Improvements Act

  • Multi-district class action employment claims

  • Large-scale business contract disputes

  • Complex insurance coverage issues

  • Electric energy market regulation

  • Investment and tax shelter litigation

  • Governmental tort immunity

  • Administrative law

  • Medical malpractice defense

  • Personal injury liability

  • Complex asbestos liability

  • Railroad liability

  • Election law

  • Constitutional claims


Practice areas


  1. Appeals: 75%
  2. Litigation: 25%

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  • Jeffrey Michael Moskowitz

    John is an excellent attorney and a zealous advocate. I endorse this lawyer.


    Jeffrey Moskowitz Criminal Defense Attorney
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  • Alexander Mchenry Memmen

    Jon and I have worked together on a number of matters. Not only does he have great experience clerking for judges at the trial and appellate level, he also has worked on some of the biggest appellate cases in IL in the past few years. Absolute killer.


    Alexander Memmen Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Taft Stettinius & Hollister, LLP

111 E Wacker Dr.
Suite. 2800
Chicago, IL, 60601-4277


ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law200711/12/2015
TXInactive 200801/09/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2014
Captain, National Trial Advocacy TeamUniversity of Iowa College of LawN/A
Award for Distinction in Trial Advocacy SkillsInternational Academy for Trial LawyersN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyTaft, Stettinius & Hollister, LLP2014 - Present
Litigation AssociateShefsky & Froelich Ltd.2011 - 2013
Law Clerk to Justice James R. EpsteinAppellate Court Of Illinois2010 - 2011
Law Clerk to Judges James R. Epstein & Michael B. HymanCircuit Court Of Cook County, State Of Illinois2008 - 2010
Association namePosition nameDuration
Illinois Appellate Lawyers AssociationCo-Chair, Speakers Committee2014 - Present
Chicago Bar AssociationMember, Officer Nominating Committee2014 - 2014
Chicago Bar AssociationMember/Reporter, Special Appellate Practice Committee2013 - Present
Chicago Bar AssociationSpecial Committee to IL Supreme Court on Future of IL Courts2013 - Present
Chicago Bar AssociationPast Vice-Chair, YLS Tort Litigation Committee2012 - 2013
Chicago Bar AssociationPast Co-Chair, Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee2011 - 2012
Chicago Bar AssociationPast-Chair, Moot Court Competition Committee2010 - 2013
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Women's Bar Association of IllinoisMemberN/A
State Bar of TexasMemberN/A
Illinois State Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Federal Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Illinois Appellate Lawyers AssociationMember, Rules CommitteeN/A
Chicago Bar AssociationOfficer, YLS Executive CouncilN/A
Chicago Bar AssociationMember, CBA Record Editorial BoardN/A
Chicago Bar AssociationCo-Editor-in-Chief, YLS JournalN/A
Publication nameTitleDate
CBA Record"The Mutuality of Mentoring: A Virtuous Cycle"2014
CBA Record"Access to Justice and the Effort to Make It Come True: Turning Dreams into Reality"2013
Illinois Bar JournalContributor, "The Too-Expansive Illinois General Verdict Rule"2013
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Iowa College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2007
American University, Washington College of LawPolitical ScienceBS - Bachelor of Science2003
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
CBA/YLS 2012 Tort Litigation Seminar, "Your Second Chance to Make a First Impression"Illinois Appellate Practice2012