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John Marrese

John Marrese is a trial attorney focusing his practice on civil rights, personal injury, and business litigation in state and federal courts throughout the country.

Mr. Marrese has first-chair jury trial experience and has tried cases in both state and federal courts. He has cross-examined key witnesses at trial, arbitration, and other evidentiary hearings before judges and arbitrators. Mr. Marrese’s trial practice has traversed a variety of subject matters, including civil rights, personal injury, and products liability.

In his civil rights practice, Mr. Marrese represents persons throughout the country in cases involving excessive force and wrongful conviction. He has successfully cross-examined police officers, prosecutors, correctional officers, medical examiners, and top officials in police departments, prosecutor’s offices, and correctional agencies to achieve justice for clients. As a part of his civil rights practice, Mr. Marrese has also worked with and cross-examined experts in a variety of fields, including those in police practices, use of force, shooting incident reconstruction, and forensic pathology.

In his personal injury practice, Mr. Marrese represents plaintiffs in both single-event and mass tort litigation. He has helped secure settlements for plaintiffs in a variety of contexts, including those injured due to medical negligence, vehicle accidents, and toxic exposures.  In that context, he has worked with subject matter experts including physicians, nurses, engineers, and accident reconstructionists.

In business litigation, Mr. Marrese represents both individuals and businesses. He recently obtained the dismissal of a big-box retailer client in multiple federal breach of contract lawsuits relating to commercial real estate.

Mr. Marrese has also been appointed lead counsel in class action litigation. He has successfully devised and executed class action discovery and briefing in the class certification context to drive results for class of individuals wronged by businesses and governments.

Further, Mr. Marrese has extensive experience in the state and federal appellate courts. He has argued before both federal and state appellate panels of judges. Recently, Mr. Marrese argued in the class action litigation context before an appellate panel and obtained a favorable reversal of the lower court’s decision.

Since 2016, Mr. Marrese has been selected annually as an Illinois SuperLawyers Rising Star, an honor awarded annually to no more than 2.5% of lawyers under the age of 40 in the state. He has received that award for his work in both civil rights and class action/mass torts litigation.

Mr. Marrese obtained his law degree cum laude from The Ohio State University. He attended college at Emory University in Atlanta.

  • The Ohio State University, J.D., cum laude, 2011
    • Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law, Chief Managing Editor
    • Moot Court Team
    • CALI Award for Excellence, Trial Practice
    • CALI Award for Excellence, Appellate Advocacy
  • Emory University, B.A., 2007

  • Illinois, 2011
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 2012
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin, 2014
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado, 2015
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin, 2018
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit, 2016
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit, 2019
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit, 2023

  • Illinois SuperLawyers Rising Star, 2016-2023
    • Civil Rights, 2023
    • Class Action/Mass Torts, 2016-2022
  • First-chair jury trial experience, including direct and cross examinations of key witnesses and opening and closing statements before judges, juries, and arbitrators.
  • Obtained $3,000,000 settlement for plaintiff wrongfully convicted and imprisoned for murder.
  • Appointed co-lead class counsel for class of prisoners in federal class action alleging constitutional/privacy violations against the government relating to recording of attorney client phone calls. Case later settled.
  • Part of trial team that obtained sanctions against the City of Chicago for withholding documents in police excessive force case. Case subsequently settled.
  • Obtained dismissal of big-box retailer clients in multiple federal breach of contract lawsuits pertaining to commercial real estate. In conjunction, obtained court order awarding attorney’s fees to client.
  • Successfully argued in the Illinois appellate court for reversal of a trial court decision on behalf of plaintiff-appellant in putative class action.
  • Argued before the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals on behalf of union workers alleging privacy violations against their employer.

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