John Gibbons has more than 25 years of experience handling a broad range of civil and criminal matters for national corporations, financial institutions, brokerage houses, pension funds, real estate entities, and individuals, including fraud, breach of contract, trade secret, class action, RICO, civil rights, commercial and criminal securities cases, grand jury investigations, white collar defense, FCPA issues, corporate internal investigations and appeals. He has advised many corporate clients on issues confronting them on an everyday basis and has been responsible for matters pending before the Justice Department, SEC, NASD, EPA and various Attorney General and state regulatory bodies.
John previously served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Los Angeles for six years and as the supervisor of the Financial Crime and Government Fraud Unit of the Cook County State's Attorney's Office in Chicago.
Areas of Concentration
· White collar criminal and regulatory litigation
· Securities and financial fraud
· FCPA investigations
· Class action defense
· Trade secret prosecution
· SEC and FINRA Investigations
· Corporate internal investigations and compliance
· RICO and complex civil litigation
· Police brutality and corruption
Professional & Community Involvement
· Member, Chicago Bar Association
· Member, Illinois State Bar Association
Awards & Recognition
· Listed, The Best Lawyers in America, Commercial Litigation, 2013-2014
· Special Prosecutor for the City of Chicago on police brutality and corruption cases, 1998-Present
· Listed, Leading Lawyers Network, 2005-2013
· Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, Illinois Super Lawyers, 2005-2013
· Secretary of State's Securities Advisory Committee, 1994-1998
· Financial Institution Fraud Committee, 1995-1996
· Recipient, United State Department of Justice, Special Achievement Award, 1992
· Rated, AV Preeminent® 5.0 out of 5
· Represented CEO/Chairman of a large, publicly traded company on federal criminal charges and related SEC and class action complaints.
· Lead plaintiff attorney in a theft of trade secrets matter entitled Lands End, Inc., Sears Holding Corp. v. Eddie Bauer, et. al. 10-LV-05084.
· Represented CEO and owner of a company in federal investigation of public corruption and bribery involving high-ranking public officials.
· Represented CEO and owner of a large insurance company on federal fraud charges.
· Represented a Fortune 50 company in an FCPA investigation centering on the alleged bribery of Chinese officials.
· Represented an international construction conglomerate in a wide-ranging antitrust investigation conducted by the U.S. Justice Department and Canadian Bureau of Competition.
· Represented a Fortune 50 company in a series of putative class actions pending in state and federal courts that it deceptively marketed and labeled its proprietary line of tools as "Made in USA" when, in fact, some of these tools contained foreign components. In three separate written opinions from 2007-2009, the Honorable John F. Grady denied plaintiffs' motions for class certification, concluding that plaintiffs failed to establish that the prerequisites of F.R.C.P. 23 were satisfied. In re Sears, Roebuck & Co. Tools Marketing and Sales Practices Litigation (2007 U.S. Dist. Lexis 89349). In two related actions, the Appellate Court of Illinois affirmed the dismissal of two putative class actions seeking compensatory and injunctive relief with respect to the plaintiffs' purchase of various Craftsman brand tools. Baumann v. Sears Roebuck & Company.
· Represented a large property management company in an environmental investigation conducted by the U.S. Attorney's Office and City of Chicago relating to lead paint being present in various properties.
· Represented an international aircraft company in a joint investigation by the U.S. and Italian governments relating to false invoices and a fraudulent billing scheme.
· Represented a multi-national corporation in an investigation by U.S. authorities relating to whether corporate executives engaged in deceptive accounting practices thereby deceiving third-parties.
· Represented a large Canadian pension fund manager and a real estate investment company in litigation alleging failure to live up to loan commitment and acquisition agreement in acquisition of a publicly owned real estate investment trust, fraud and conspiracy.
· Represented a Fortune 100 Company in a class action complaint alleging that the company fraudulently mislabeled the nutrients in their lines of pasta sauce.
· Represented a national software company in a RICO class action suit brought by individuals who allegedly sustained losses from Internet gambling.
· Represented a large multi-national company in a class action suit by persons claiming consumer fraud and product liability relating to certain products manufactured by client.
· Represented a national commercial real estate company in an ACLU First Amendment test case against owners of a large shopping mall.
· Represented a prominent background investigative company accused of breach of contract and fraud in the performance of its duties.
· Represented a multi-billion dollar pension plan in a RICO investigation conducted by U.S. authorities relating to the investment of the fund's assets.
· Represented a Fortune 100 company accused of fraud and various other federal offenses in the securing of various contracts.
· Represented key employees of a multi-national corporation accused of defrauding consumers through the advertising and sale of certain products that were known to be defective.
· Represented a national commercial real estate company in a class action race discrimination case.
· Represented a national restaurant chain in a breach of contract and RICO suit brought by certain Illinois franchisees.
· Represented an Ohio company in various proceedings growing out of fraud allegations leveled by the government and various investors related to certain private placements.
· Represented a national cellular telephone provider in a case of first impression as to whether state law regulated a telecommunications company's right to erect certain equipment on private land.
· Represented a national real estate developer in a breach of contract suit regarding the services performed in constructing a large shopping complex.
· Retained by the City of Chicago to prosecute a high profile police brutality case in which four police officers were alleged to have wrongfully shot and killed an unarmed citizen, LaTanya Haggerty.
· Retained by the City of Chicago to prosecute a high profile fraud case involving a police lieutenant's manipulation of Chicago Police Department's computerized gun records.
· Retained by the City of Chicago to defend various police officers accused of the wrongful death of a community activist. The case was successfully dismissed in 2010.
Publications & Presentations
Articles, Lectures & Publications
· Featured, "Navigating the Courtroom with His Moral Compass," Leading Lawyers Magazine, 2010