About John K. Whitaker

John Whitaker focuses his practice on complex litigation and investigations. He has experience in a broad range of areas, including derivative actions, loan defaults, contract disputes, real estate, torts and intellectual property. John has represented clients in federal, state and agency courts, as well as at mediation. And as a songwriter himself, he has a special interest in intellectual property litigation as it applies to the arts.

Good communication skills and creativity are valuable tools for a litigator

John has always been interested in stories and sees practicing law as an extension of that interest. He is a good listener and knows how draw out information about a client's concerns, expectations and situation. He is also a talented story teller, able to effectively shape a client's story into an appealing narrative when presenting it to the court. And he uses this same creativity to find innovative ways to resolve disputes without having to go to court.

John served for two years as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Joan H. Lefkow of the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. While in law school, John served as managing notes editor for the Michigan Journal of International Law.

Prior to entering the practice of law, John ran a citizenship program for refugee resettlement and family reunification issues in Louisville, Kentucky. From 2007 – 2009, he served as a language educator and media liaison for Centro de Estudios Norteamericano in Valencia, Spain.

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Practice Focus

  • Litigation