John Adams is a stakeholder at Eimer Stahl in the firm’s Chicago and Madison offices. He focuses his practice on appellate and complex litigation in a variety of areas, including antitrust, constitutional law, complex commercial litigation, contract disputes, and corporate law. His experience reflects representing clients in a diverse range of industries such as energy, financial, healthcare, manufacturing, telecommunications, transportation, insurance, and academic. John also maintains an active pro bono practice. Most recently, John secured a capital case victory in a federal court of appeals that effectively took his client off death row and The Legal Services Corporation appointed him to a national task force examining legal issues affecting our military and veterans.

Prior to joining Eimer Stahl, John worked as an associate in the appellate and white collar groups of an AmLaw 25 firm. He also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Amy Coney Barrett in the United States Courts of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Before his legal career, John, a decorated veteran, served as an infantry officer in the United States Marine Corps.

In 2020, John was recognized for his commercial litigation experience in Best Lawyer’s inaugural “Ones to Watch” ranking.  


Honors & Recognitions

Best Lawyers in America: Ones to Watch, 2021


J.D., Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, 2016, with honors

  • Articles Editor, Northwestern University Law Review

M.B.A., Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management, 2016

B.S., University of Dayton, 2008, with honors

  • Amy Coney Barrett, U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit (2017 - 2018)

  • Illinois
  • Wisconsin
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
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