John M. Touhy

Partner

Chicago
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Overview

John Touhy has litigated commercial and business disputes for more than 30 years. He has represented clients in approximately 40 jury and bench trials, arbitrations and evidentiary hearings in federal and state courts throughout the country. John also has extensive experience in emergency relief.

Recognized as a "Top Lawyer" by The American Lawyer, listed in The Best Lawyers in America© and named an Illinois "Super Lawyer," John has experience across a broad range of business disputes, including breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, noncompete agreements, defamation, misappropriation of trade secrets, ownership of intellectual property, trademark infringement, Lanham Act claims, ownership and value of closely held corporations, Uniform Commercial Code controversies, lender liability, and class actions. He has also represented professionals before licensing boards.

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  • iPCS Wireless, Inc. v. Sprint Corporation, et al., Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois, Chancery Division. Bench trial lasting 26 days. Represented an affiliate of Sprint Corporation in a lawsuit against Sprint for breach of contract and to enforce the exclusivity provisions in the management agreement between the parties. The court ordered Sprint to cease operating Nextel business in the client's exclusive territory. Affirmed on appeal; cert. petition to Illinois Supreme Court denied. 
  • International Arbitration, International Chamber of Commerce, New York, New York. Represented a domestic seller in breach of contract against a foreign buyer for failure to purchase $90 million of goods. Arbitration award being enforced in Brazil.
  • Horizon Personal Communications, Inc., and Bright Personal Communications v. Sprint Corporation, Court of Chancery, Delaware. Bench trial. Represented two affiliates of Sprint Corporation against Sprint for breach of contract action and to enforce the exclusivity rights and trademark provisions in the parties' management agreements. Court ordered Sprint to cease using Sprint trademarks to promote Nextel products in clients' exclusive territories.
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Experience

  • iPCS Wireless, Inc. v. Sprint Corporation, et al., Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois, Chancery Division. Bench trial lasting 26 days. Represented an affiliate of Sprint Corporation in a lawsuit against Sprint for breach of contract and to enforce the exclusivity provisions in the management agreement between the parties. The court ordered Sprint to cease operating Nextel business in the client's exclusive territory. Affirmed on appeal; cert. petition to Illinois Supreme Court denied. 
  • International Arbitration, International Chamber of Commerce, New York, New York. Represented a domestic seller in breach of contract against a foreign buyer for failure to purchase $90 million of goods. Arbitration award being enforced in Brazil.
  • Horizon Personal Communications, Inc., and Bright Personal Communications v. Sprint Corporation, Court of Chancery, Delaware. Bench trial. Represented two affiliates of Sprint Corporation against Sprint for breach of contract action and to enforce the exclusivity rights and trademark provisions in the parties' management agreements. Court ordered Sprint to cease using Sprint trademarks to promote Nextel products in clients' exclusive territories.
  • Richard E. Hodge v. PIVP Hotel Management Corporation, Superior Court, California, County of Los Angeles, Santa Monica. Represented City of Chicago Firefighter Pension Funds in an action to collect a multimillion-dollar loan to the defendant's corporation, guaranteed by defendant. Defendant counterclaimed for $18 million on a lender liability theory. The jury returned a verdict for the funds and against the defendant on all counts. 
  • Markarian v. Markarian, Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois, Chancery Division. Represented the plaintiff, one of two shareholders, in a dispute regarding ownership and control of a closely held corporation. Court returned judgment for the plaintiff, holding that the plaintiff was entitled to enforce a shareholder agreement granting him control of the corporation.
  • People of State of Illinois v. Aaron Thurman, Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois, Criminal Division (pro bono). Represented the defendant in a first degree murder trial. Jury found defendant not guilty.
  • Richard Meyer v. Crain Communications, Inc., U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois. Represented the plaintiff in a defamation action against Crain Communications for statements made in an article about the plaintiff published in Crain's magazine Ad Age. A jury verdict was returned against the plaintiff; the court granted a judgment JNOV in the plaintiff's favor following post-trial motions. The case was later settled. 
  • Scranton Gillette Communications, Inc. v. William O. Dannhausen, et al., U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois. Represented the plaintiff in an action for theft of trade secrets, breach of fiduciary duty, trademark infringement, and false advertising. The jury returned a verdict in favor of the plaintiff. 
  • The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company v. Tire Grading Co., U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois. Represented the plaintiff in a jury trial against one of its tire dealers for fraud and breach of contract. Verdict in favor of the plaintiff. 
  • Arbitration, American Arbitration Association, Chicago, Illinois. Represented one of two shareholders in a closely held corporation against a claim of breach of fiduciary duty and other claims. The arbitrator held in favor of the client on the breach of fiduciary claim and granted award to each party on other claims. 
  • Arbitration, American Arbitration Association, Chicago, Illinois. Represented a manufacturer in a breach of contract against a buyer for the sale of coke and other claims. Award granted on some claims, denied on others.
  • People of State of Illinois v. Clifton Carrol, Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois, Criminal Division (pro bono). Represented a defendant in a first degree murder trial. The jury found the defendant guilty.
  • Illinois Department of Professional Regulation v. John Doe, M.D., Illinois Department of Regulation. Represented the defendant/doctor in an administrative hearing in which the IDPR was seeking to revoke the doctor's medical license on grounds of unprofessional conduct. The client was found not guilty.
  • Arbitration, American Arbitration Association, Chicago, Illinois. Represented a manufacturing client in an arbitration to apportion the relative fault between it as designer of equipment and the manufacturer of the equipment for personal injury loss resulting from use of the equipment.
  • Institutional Equipment and Interiors, Inc. v. Muriel Hughes, Circuit Court of DuPage County, Illinois. Represented the plaintiff corporation in a dissenting minority stockholder appraisal lawsuit. The court rejected both parties' suggested stock valuations and settled on a value in between the proposed valuations. 

Recognitions and Memberships

Recognitions

  • The American Lawyer "Top Lawyer"
  • The Best Lawyers in America© (2008 to 2018) 
    • Chicago: Arbitration
      • Best Lawyers® 2016 "Lawyer of the Year"
    • Chicago: Commercial Litigation
  • Illinois "Super Lawyer" (2006 to 2010, 2012 to 2017)
  • Martindale-Hubbell: AV Preeminent

Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit, 1984
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, 2001
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin, 1993
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, Trial Bar, 1983
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 1980
  • Illinois

Education

  • J.D., New York University School of Law, 1980
  • A.B., University of Chicago, 1977, Honors and Special Honors