John Marrese focuses his practice on complex class action, commercial, and personal injury litigation in state and federal courts throughout the country. Mr. Marrese also handles class and collective actions under the Fair Labor Standards Act and state employment laws, having previously worked at one of the nation’s premiere class and collective action defense firms.

Mr. Marrese has extensive experience in all phases of pre-trial litigation, including executing written and oral fact and expert discovery, briefing class certification, and devising trial strategy.

Mr. Marrese also has broad experience in the courtroom. He has assisted in trial and trial preparation of disputes involving products liability, consumer warranty, civil rights, and labor and employment laws. He has also handled evidentiary and arbitration hearings, including the cross-examination of key witnesses and opening and closing statements before judges and arbitrators. In addition, Mr. Marrese has successfully argued before the Illinois appellate court, obtaining for his client a favorable reversal of a trial court decision.

For the past three years, Mr. Marrese has been selected as an Illinois SuperLawyers Rising Star in the area of class actions, an honor awarded annually to no more than 2.5% of lawyers under the age of 40 in the state.

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
  • Emory University, B.A. (Psychology), 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 Tennessee, 2016
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit, 2016

Honors
  • Illinois SuperLawyers Rising Star (Class Actions/Mass Torts), 2016-2018
Highlights
  • Successfully argued in Illinois appellate court for reversal of trial court decision on behalf of plaintiff-appellant in putative class action.
  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of national restaurant chain in wage and hour class and collective action litigation in federal court.
  • Defended product manufacturer at arbitration against allegations of product defect, resulting in small fraction of award sought by plaintiff for bodily injury.
  • Assisted in trial and trial preparation on behalf of both plaintiffs and defendants in products liability, consumer warranty, civil rights, and labor and employment disputes.

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