John B. Stanis

Principal, Schaumburg
Phone: 847.734.8811

John Stanis' practice involves a broad range of litigation, employment and commercial matters. His litigation experience includes appearing in state and federal courts throughout the country in pursuing and defending claims involving product warranty and personal injury disputes, distributor terminations, logistics disputes, wrongful employee termination, wage and hour claims, discrimination, harassment, misappropriation of trade secrets and corporate opportunities, non-competition and confidentiality agreements, title insurance, landlord/tenant and construction disputes, and creditors' rights in bankruptcy.

Mr. Stanis has extensive experience in counseling and training clients regarding compliance with state, federal and local anti-discrimination and anti-harassment laws. He regularly works with clients to prepare and implement employee handbooks, executive agreements, and best practices for protecting intellectual property, employee discipline and terminations, with a focus on maximizing the client's work environment and preventing, managing and defending against any claims that might arise.

As a member of the firm's Distribution & Sales Practice Group, Mr. Stanis regularly assists clients in drafting and negotiating a wide variety of commercial, sales and product distribution agreements, including secured sales contracts, sales representative and distributor agreements, bills of lading, logistics and transportation agreements, and obtaining freight forwarder and customs broker licenses and permits.

During his undergraduate studies, he spent a year at Nanzan University in Nagoya, Japan.

Representative Matters

  • Filed pre-emptive declaratory judgment action against Wisconsin distributor to defeat the distributor's threatened claims of breach of contract and violation of Wisconsin Fair Dealership Law, leading to the distributor abandoning all claims and voluntarily dismissing its claims.

  • Represented Section 8 landlord in multiple eviction lawsuits.

  • Defended university professor against research misconduct charges, resulting in no allegations being proven against the client and preserving her reputation and eligibility for federal research funding.

  • Represented multi-state employer in a discrimination and harassment lawsuit, including developing evidence in discovery that the plaintiff had falsified emails, perjured herself and made misrepresentations to the court.

  • Assisted clients in investigating, terminating and then suing executives of manufacturing client for misappropriation of corporate opportunity and conversion of client's money for their own business and personal expenses.

  • Presented anti-harassment, anti-discrimination and best practices training to manufacturing, logistics and electronics companies.

Practice Areas


  • Japanese


  • University of Illinois College of Law, J.D., 1988
  • Illinois State University, B.S. Philosophy, 1985


  • California
  • Florida
  • Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (Trial Bar)
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin

Professional Activities

  • American Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association