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Robinson, John

John M. Robinson

Direct Tel: +1 312-705-7419
Tel: +1 312 705 7400 Fax: +1 312 705 7401

John Robinson is an associate in Quinn Emanuel’s Chicago office whose practice focuses on complex commercial litigation, white collar investigations, and appeals. Prior to joining Quinn, John clerked for the Honorable Thomas M. Hardiman of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and worked as a litigation associate for another major international law firm.

John has helped clients resolve a wide range of civil disputes, including contract, trade secret, fraud, employment, antitrust, product liability, intellectual property, and regulatory disputes.  In his work, John has cross-examined and directed fact and expert witnesses at trial, taken and defended depositions, drafted dispositive motions, argued pretrial motions, conducted settlement negotiations, and managed e-discovery.

John has assisted clients in conducting internal investigations, often under threat of SEC or DOJ prosecution. He has also represented clients on appeal to numerous state and federal courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court.  John successfully briefed and argued a recent appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, winning a unanimous reversal of summary judgment for a pro bono client.

John is an adjunct professor of law at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law where he teaches State Constitutional Law.

  • Harvard Law School
  • (J.D., cum laude, 2014)
    • Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy:
      • Executive Editor
  • Loyola University Chicago
    (B.A., magna cum laude, Political Science and History, 2007)
    • Dean’s List

The State Bar of Illinois United States District Court: Northern District of Illinois United States Court of Appeals: Seventh Circuit

  • Law Clerk to the Hon. Thomas Hardiman:
    • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, 2015-2016

  • Firm Memorandum: Avoiding Liability Under the Illinois Biometric Privacy Act (2021)
  • The Past and Uncertain Future of Quill and the Physical Presence Requirement, Bloomberg BNA: Tax Management Weekly State Tax Report, June 5, 2015 (with Mark P. Rotatori, Morgan R. Hirst, and Yael D. Aufgang).
  • Neither "Ministerial" Nor An "Exception": The Ministerial Exception in Light of Hosanna-Tabor, 37 Harv. J.L. & Pub. Pol’y 1151.
  • Hosanna-Tabor, Religious Freedom, and the Constitutional Structure, 2012 Cato Sup. Ct. Rev. 307 (with Richard Garnett).