Mr. Rooks concentrates his practice in the areas of commercial litigation, corporate law, construction litigation, and professional liability defense in state and federal courts. Mr. Rooks has represented individuals, businesses of various sizes and their insurers in matters dealing with breach of contract, trade secrets, non-compete agreements, tort, mechanics’ liens, fraud, employment, and statutory causes of action. Mr. Rooks has additionally defended manufacturers in various products liability matters throughout the country. Mr. Rooks has worked at the forefront of Illinois’ Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program, representing businesses seeking cultivation center permits throughout the state.

He has successfully litigated matters in favor of his clients by reaching settlements, obtaining judgments by dispositive motion and by obtaining verdicts for his clients at trial. Additionally, Mr. Rooks has significant appellate experience and has successfully obtained the reversal of the trial court in the First District of Illinois. Mr. Rooks also has experience with alternative dispute resolution, representing clients in arbitration and mediation cases before the American Arbitration Association and JAMS.

Mr. Rooks has advised clients in myriad corporate transactions including negotiation of asset purchase agreements and intellectual property license agreements, defense and prosecution of corporate collection matters and the set-up of numerous corporations and limited liability companies.

Mr. Rooks has significant experience with respect to lender liability matters, obtaining favorable results for businesses harmed by the wrongful conduct of commercial lenders.

Mr. Rooks has litigated highly contested disputes in the fast-growing area of e-discovery in matters related to data destruction and preservation, spoliation of evidence and forensic examination.

Prior to joining Fisher Kanaris, P.C., Mr. Rooks practiced in a boutique Chicago law firm representing small and medium size corporations and 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organizations in commercial litigation and general corporate practice.


• J.D., Loyola University Chicago School of Law, 2005

• B.A., DePauw University, 2001


Illinois State Bar

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

pro hac vice throughout the United States


John N. Rooks

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