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John Scheid has more than 25 years of trial and appellate experience representing clients primarily in the area of commercial litigation.

John represents publicly held companies, privately held companies, banking institutions and individuals in a variety of business-related matters. He has extensive experience advising both individual clients and in-house counsel on issues of risk management and litigation strategy. His practice covers many areas of substantive law including business torts, employment law, fiduciary duties, class action defense and commercial real estate litigation.

He has successfully prosecuted and defended numerous emergency petitions for injunctive relief, represented clients in the appellate courts and successfully conducted both bench and jury trials in state and federal court.

John began his career as a law clerk to the Honorable Charles R. Norgle, Sr., a United States District Court Judge for the Northern District of Illinois. John is a member of the Illinois State Bar, the Northern District of Illinois, and the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. John serves as a board member for the International Foundation for Ethical Research, and recently was a board member for his children’s grade school. He also frequently teaches as an adjunct professor for the John Marshall Law School in its Trial Advocacy program.

While at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, John received a B.A. degree in Philosophy and Economics in 1990. He received his J.D. from the John Marshall Law School cum laude in 1994 and was an editor for The John Marshall Law Review.


  • John Marshall Law School, J.D. 1994
  • University of Illinois, 1990

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois
  • United States Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois


  • U.S. District Court, N.D. Illinois

Related Practices

Professional Experience

Professional Affiliations

  • Illinois Super Lawyers, 2012—2018
  • Trial Advocacy Instructor for the John Marshall Law School, 2006—2017


John Scheid Promoted to Shareholder

Pretzel & Stouffer is pleased to announce the promotion of John Scheid to shareholder. John represents both plaintiffs and defendants in a wide range of commercial matters including breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duties, fraud, trade-secret and non-compete disputes, insurance coverage, and class action defense. John also provides counsel to clients in business transactional ...

July 2019 | Firm News

Firm Wins Victory in Appellate Court for Condominium Association

The Illinois Appellate Court recently issued an opinion affirming a dismissal which Pretzel & Stouffer partners John H. Scheid and Matthew J. Egan won in the Circuit Court of Cook County in favor of the firm’s client, a condominium association. The case involved a large Chicago bank, which foreclosed on a mortgage it held on a condominium and was ...

August 2018 | Firm News


Victory for Trustee In Litigation Over Asset Distribution from Multi-Million Dollar Trust

Jim Sipchen, John Scheid, Matt Tibble, and Kelly Franklin recently secured a victory in the Chancery Division of the Circuit Court of Cook County on behalf of a trustee of a multi-million-dollar trust in a dispute involving distributions made to the trust beneficiaries. A beneficiary had challenged the trustee’s distributions claiming that he was underpaid, ...

February 2024

Team victory in a challenge motion regarding 735 ILCS 5/2-1303

Robert Chemers led a team including Ed Ruff and John Scheid in a challenge to 735 ILCS 5/2-1303, the amendment to the Code adding pre-judgment interest effective July 1, 2021. The challenge motion was brought in a medical malpractice case pending in Cook County, and on May 27, 2022 the Circuit Court declared the statutory ...

May 2022

Appellate Victory for Landowners in Eminent Domain Lawsuit

Jim Sipchen, John Scheid, and Scott Howie obtained an appellate victory for landowners whose 70-acre farm was the subject of eminent domain proceedings filed in DuPage County, Illinois.  The Illinois Appellate Court’s decision upheld a traverse and motion to dismiss a local municipality’s lawsuit that sought to condemn a private driveway that the landowners had ...

October 2021

$70 Million Project Carries on with P&S Help

Pretzel & Stouffer teammates John Scheid, Tom Draths, and Rich Burgland recently defeated an effort to enjoin their client’s $70 million public works project. In response to their opponent’s request for temporary restraining orders and injunctive relief, John, Tom, and Rich acted quickly and efficiently to gather evidence to support their arguments that the project’s ...

July 2021

John Scheid and Ryan Shupe Assist Technology Client with Asset Purchase Due Diligence and Subsequent Negotiation of Distribution Contracts

Pretzel & Stouffer attorneys John Scheid and Ryan Shupe recently assisted a technology sales and distribution client review and analyze the strategic value and terms of numerous product distribution agreements with manufacturers and other suppliers as due diligence for a high-value asset purchase transaction. After the asset purchase closed, John and Ryan also reviewed, drafted, and renegotiated myriad distribution ...

October 2020