John Lausch - Partner

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John Lausch

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Phone: +1 312-862-2721
Fax: +1 312-862-2200
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Professional Profile

John Lausch is a partner in Kirkland’s Chicago office, focusing on government enforcement defense and internal investigations, as well as other litigation matters. His experience includes representing BP in connection with government investigations and related litigation resulting from the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion and oil spill. John has represented other companies before various governmental entities and led confidential internal investigations for companies and/or their boards of directors on a variety of other matters, including in connection with allegations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, health care fraud and environmental crimes.

Prior to rejoining Kirkland in 2010, John worked as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Northern District of Illinois for more than eleven years, serving as a supervisor in the office from 2005-2010. As an AUSA, he tried more than twenty criminal jury cases involving RICO conspiracy, various fraud offenses, and narcotics, extortion, and firearms charges. In particular, John investigated and tried high profile, complex corruption cases as an AUSA. He also briefed and argued several appeals before the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. As an AUSA, John received two United States Department of Justice Director's Awards for Superior Performance.

In 2005, John became a Deputy Chief, supervising several AUSAs on all matters, including investigations and prosecutions involving organized criminal street gangs, fraud schemes and corrupt public officials. In that role, he oversaw the prosecution of hundreds of defendants, to include counseling AUSAs on trial strategy and reviewing and approving charging documents and plea agreements. He also served as the office's Violent Crime Coordinator, leading the District's Anti-Gang and Project Safe Neighborhoods programs.

John is a Lecturer in Law at the University of Chicago Law School, where he teaches a seminar on "Federal Criminal Practice." He has also taught trial advocacy to AUSAs from around the country at the Department of Justice's National Advocacy Center, he coached a trial team at the John Marshall Law School, and he has instructed prosecutors, federal agents and police officers in classes and seminars involving the investigation and prosecution of federal criminal offenses.

Prior to his work at the United States Attorney's Office in Chicago, John was a litigation associate at Kirkland in Chicago, and a law clerk for the Honorable Michael S. Kanne of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

Memberships & Affiliations

The Chicago Inn of Court

Other Distinctions

Recognized as an "Illinois Super Lawyer" by Super Lawyers magazine in 2013 and 2014.


United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

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