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John is the founder and co-chair of the Firm's Financial Institutions Group and has advised hundreds of financial institutions on strategic, corporate governance and other matters for over 30 years. His extensive experience includes the representation of numerous public companies, as well as regional and community banks. John spends considerable time counseling institutions and their boards with respect to mergers and acquisitions, bank regulatory issues, corporate governance and securities law matters.

  • Adjunct Professor of banking law at a number of law schools for the past 25 years, including at Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law since 2001.
  • A well-known speaker at national conferences involving the financial institutions area, addressing bank trade associations, regulators and industry groups across the country.
  • One of only three recipients of the Illinois Bankers Association’s Distinguished Bank Counsel Award.
  • Founder and past Chairman of the Community Bank Subcommittee of the American Bar Association Business Law Section’s Banking Law Committee.



Contact Info:

  • T. 312.984.3223



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John E. Freechack - America's Top 50 Lawyer - Banking Law - Illinois

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