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John R. Bowley


John R. Bowley received his B.A. in Journalism from The Ohio State University and his J.D., cum laude, from John Marshall Law School. After law school, Mr. Bowley clerked for the Honorable Stephen A. Schiller in the Chancery Division of the Circuit Court of Cook County, where he researched, analyzed and helped draft opinions on a variety of legal and equitable matters, including class actions, injunctive relief, administrative reviews, shareholder derivative lawsuits, corporate dissolutions, declaratory judgment actions and numerous other civil litigation issues.

Mr. Bowley's practice with Asperger Associates LLC covers a wide variety of civil litigation issues including the representation of clients in claims involving large-loss commercial subrogation, product liability, wrongful death, fraud and breach of contract, as well as counseling corporations and individuals in complex commercial disputes. Prior to joining Asperger Associates, Mr. Bowley was associated with a prominent Chicago firm concentrating in insurance litigation.

Mr. Bowley is the author of Mold: The Residential View Facing the ''Second Wave" of Mold Litigation, and has coauthored many articles on technology and emerging issues in the law, including Understanding and Making the Most of Sec. 230 of the Communications Decency Act and A Long-Awaited First Interpretation of Sec. 1201(a) of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

Jury Trials, Notable and Published Cases, and Issues of First Impression:

Confidential v. Re/Max Professionals Select, et al. – (Circuit Court of DuPage County, Illinois) – Real estate fraud case brought on behalf of homeowners against residential property developers engaged in turnkey “home flipping” operation. Punitive damages award affirmed on appeal, 368 Ill. App. 3d 78 (2d. Dist. 2006).  
Confidential v. Green Garden Township, et al. - (Circuit Court of Will County, Illinois) – Wrongful death case brought against Will County township and corporate defendant arising from fatal vehicle collision at uncontrolled rural intersection. Suit alleged that, after a previous fatal crash at the same intersection, area residents had repeatedly asked the township to install warning signs, and that those requests were ignored. Settled prior to trial for $1.26 million.

Napcor Corp. v. JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A.- (Circuit Court of Kane County, Illinois) - Represented small business in real estate fraud case against bank. Suit alleged that bank which owned commercial property knowingly withheld true condition of building’s roof to business owner during sale of property. $1.2 million jury verdict for business owner, despite bank’s reliance on “As-Is” provision in sale documents. Jury verdict upheld on appeal, 406 Ill.App.3d 146 (2d Dist. 2010) (case of first impression in Illinois, holding that “As-Is” clause in real estate contract no bar to bringing fraud claim in commercial real estate transactions).   

Confidential v. F.C. Tucker Co., Inc., et al. – (Marion County Superior Court, Indianapolis, Indiana) – Fraud, breach of contract and deceptive practices complaint filed against sellers of home, alleging that sellers concealed presence of toxic mold and water damage from buyers. Settled during trial; confidential settlement paid by three insurance carriers and private funds. 

Confidential v City of Chicago – (Circuit Court of Cook County) – Administrative review action, successfully challenging City’s denial of a firearms permit to a qualified applicant. Decision marked first administrative review defeat for City on challenged portion of municipal ordinance in effect at the time. 

Confidential v. Mazda Motor Corporation, et al. – (Circuit Court of Cook County) – Product liability/wrongful death case filed against automobile manufacturer, alleging that manufacturer withheld from American purchasers certain automotive safety equipment which was included as standard equipment on identical vehicles sold in all other global markets. Resolved prior to trial, pursuant to a confidential settlement between the parties.

Note: “Settlement” of a case is not to be construed as an admission of liability by a defendant.  
Areas of Interest:

In addition to the above, Mr. Bowley is especially interested in matters which involve First and Second Amendment issues; Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies; the rights of transgendered people and sex workers; peer-to-peer ("P2P") file sharing; data security for small and medium-sized businesses; landlord/tenant issues (including the potential application of nuisance law causes of action against Section 8 landlords); access to medical cannabis; online privacy and defamation; Uber, Lyft, Airbnb, and "gig economy" matters; and Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and civil rights issues. He's never too busy to discuss taking on interesting cases.


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B.A., Ohio State University

J.D., John Marshall Law School


Illinois Supreme Court

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

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