John E. Thies

President, Illinois State Bar Association, and Shareholder, Webber & Thies, P.C.

While experienced in a wide range of matters, Mr. Thies concentrates his practice in the areas of business representation and general litigation. In this regard, he has advised large and small businesses as to many substantive areas of the law and litigated in jurisdictions throughout the state of Illinois, from trial courts to the Illinois Supreme Court. Among other matters, he has handled national and state-wide class actions in state and federal jurisdictions.

Of note, Mr. Thies was co-counsel on behalf of the successful appellant in two significant Illinois Consumer Fraud Act putative class actions litigated in the Illinois Supreme Court, Shannon v. Boise Cascade Corporation, 208 Ill.2d 517, and Oliveira v. Amoco Oil Company, 201 Ill.2d 134. He was also lead defense counsel in the resolution of four related putative class actions filed in multiple federal and state jurisdictions in Illinois (the lead case receiving final settlement approval in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois).

In the area of employment and labor, Mr. Thies has handled cases in numerous forums and has led labor negotiations. Besides practicing before federal and state courts, he also practices before a number of administrative bodies including the Illinois Human Rights Commission, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the National Labor Relations Board, and similar labor/management forums. He successfully litigated (and was lead counsel in) the case of Mills vs. Health Care Service Corporation, 171 F.3d 450 in the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, which established new law in the area of reverse gender discrimination. The Mills case has been cited more than 200 times by courts across the nation.

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Publications and Multimedia
Controlling Legal Practice: Public Ownership of Stock in Law Firms - Podcast
Professional Responsibility & Legal Education Practice Group Podcast
May 09, 2013