John Gekas is a trial lawyer representing both publicly-traded and private companies in a wide variety of business litigation.
For example, he regularly serves as both an outside advisor and litigation counsel in commercial contract disputes across a broad spectrum of industries, including rail, technology, and financial services. His litigation matters often involve other legal issues as well, such as fraud, fiduciary and director liability, trade secrets, and ERISA. As a result, John draws on his diverse litigation practice to analyze and execute litigation strategy for a diverse group of clients in a variety of situations, each with its own unique financial profiles, risk tolerance, and business objectives.
In addition to his legal practice, John is a member of the Leadership Council and the Immediate Past President of the board of directors for HOW, an organization dedicated to permanent solutions for poverty and homelessness. He is also one of the firm’s two liaisons to the Chicago Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. Prior to joining the firm, he founded his own litigation firm, Gekas Law LLP, and was also a litigator in the Chicago office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP.
Select representations include:
Served as trial counsel for wholly-owned subsidiary of a Fortune 50 company in arbitration victory before the National Futures Association.
Served as defense counsel vs. the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission in a civil enforcement action for alleged insider trading.
Served as trial counsel for shopping center developer in breach of contract dispute in the Circuit Court of McHenry County, Illinois resulting in jury verdict for client.
Served as lead counsel for start-up company in obtaining TRO in breach of fiduciary duty, Lanham Act, and Computer Fraud & Abuse Act litigation against former partners in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.
Served as trial counsel in two-week trial in the Circuit Court of McHenry County, Illinois in a flooding and constitutional takings case resulting in jury verdict for client.
Served as trial counsel for condominium association and property manager in litigation under the Illinois Forcible Entry and Detainer Act in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois.
Defended automobile manufacturer in putative consumer fraud class action in the Superior Court of Los Angeles, California.
Represented electrical engineering subcontractor in breach of contract action arising from the design and construction of a turbine-powered wind farm near Boise, Idaho.
Defended a global provider of equipment and services for electric power systems in a products liability action in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma.
Served as appellate counsel in successful appeal on behalf of internationally renowned scientist before the First District Appellate Court of Illinois involving the applicability of qualified privilege for defamation claims in academic research misconduct proceedings.
Represented a pharmaceutical company seeking damages for breach of contract and fiduciary duty against corporate joint venture partner in U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.
Represented inventor in filing of amicus brief before United States Supreme Court in Trustees of Stanford University v. Roche Molecular Sys., 131 S. Ct. 2188 (2011), cited in the Opinion of Justice Breyer.
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