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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

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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