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John William McCracken

Litigation Attorney at Edwardsville, IL

5.0   1 review
  • State Years
    Missouri - MO 26 years
    Illinois - IL 26 years
  • Licensed for 26 years
    State MO
    Acquired 1998
    Good Standing, Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 26 years
    State IL
    Acquired 1997
    Active and Authorized to Practice Law No misconduct found

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Practice areas
  1. Litigation
    Breaches of Contract, Shareholder Disputes, Construction Litigation, Real Estate Disputes, Arbitration and Mediation

  2. Business
    Business Start-Ups, Mergers & Acquisitions, Limited Liability Companies, S-Corps, Shareholder Agreements, Stock Sale Agreements, Asset Sale Agreements, Fiber-Optic Telecommunications Agreements

    26 years

  3. Real estate
    Residential and Commercial Purchase Agreements, Easements, Leases, Commercial Property Tax Appeals

Before joining Goldenberg Heller Antognoli & Rowland, P.C., John McCracken had been a partner with Coffey & McCracken Law Firm since 2001 where he oversaw all litigation matters of the firm and represented clients in a wide range of transactional matters. John has prosecuted and defended a wide variety of lawsuits including shareholder disputes, breaches of contract, title insurance claims, real estate disputes, negligence, fraud, and conspiracy claims.


John has appeared in courtrooms throughout southern and central Illinois and has honed his advocacy skills through hundreds of court appearances in several jurisdictions. John also has a wide range of experience in corporate and transactional matters. In addition to forming new corporate entities for clients, John has represented corporate clients through complex asset and stock purchases, employment matters, real estate developments, and collection matters. A unique area of John’s practice is in the fiber-optic communications industry where he has represented clients in the construction and sale of fiber-optic communication systems.


John’s educational background strengthens his representation of clients, having earned a Juris Doctorate from Saint Louis University in 1997, a Master’s of Public Administration from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in 1992, and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Millikin University in 1990. John stays current on new legal issues through continuing legal education courses attended annually.


John is involved in the Edwardsville community and is pleased to have served on the board of the Edwardsville YMCA and of the Children’s Home and Aid-Southern Illinois Region. In addition to being the Chair of the Fire and Police Commission for the City of Edwardsville, he is a member of the Goshen Rotary Club and serves on the property committee of the Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois. John and his wife, Stacey, have two children and live in Edwardsville.


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Goldenberg Heller & Antognoli, P.C.
2227 S State Route 157
Edwardsville, IL, 62025-3646


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Posted by anonymous | February 11, 2013
A Professional who is competent, intelligent, and energetic
John McCracken has served a long time as legal counsel pro bono for my non-profit organization.  Frankly, protracted legal negotiations (mainly about real estate, in my case) highlight my impatience. I acknowledge and address the need to review and revise paperwork once or twice. But by the time I get to the third rendition, paperwork and conferences begin to threaten my sanity. You'll never see that sort of reaction in John M.  Always, and ESPECIALLY when he spots an opponent trying to gain unfair advantage, he seems as energized as a chess grandmaster. He never lets emotions overrule his judgment, yet seems eager to plot the next move. I am confident making decisions based upon his general summary of all the particular details. My organization and this community are better thanks to him.
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  • Saint Louis University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1997
  • Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville
  • Master of Public Administration
  • 1992
  • Millikin University
  • 1990


  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • Madison County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Speaking Engagements

  • Best Practice Series
  • Mediating Estate Disputes
  • 2017

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Business Attorney | Dec 09
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"I have worked with Mr. McCracken as an opposing attorney multiple times both on transactional and litigation cases. There is not one attorney that I would recommend higher for his integrity, knowledge and his zealous advocacy for his clients."
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Edwardsville Litigation Lawyer John William McCracken
John William McCracken
Litigation Attorney
Edwardsville, IL
Licensed for 26 years