| Practice Description: |
Labor and employment, business litigation, business law.
Notable Cases and Results:
Mann v. Dial Machine, Inc., 2012, jury trial verdict for my client (defendant) on retaliatory discharge claim.
Gore v. Interlaken Resort, 1997, jury trial verdict for my client (defendant) on race discrimination claim.
Cook v. Department of Revenue, 281 Ill. App. 3d 171, 666 N.E.2d 893 (2d Dist. 1996), summary judgment affirmed on appeal concerning partnership use and sales tax issue.
State of Illinois, 1985
United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, 1986
United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, 1988
United States Supreme Court, 1991
State of Wisconsin, 1995
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, 1996
United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin, 1999
United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois, 2011
Hourly Rate: $201-$300/hour
Retainer: Varies by Case
Year of Birth: 1956
Law School: Emory University School of Law, J.D., 1984
Law School Honors/Involvement: Order of Coif, 1978. Olin Fellow in Law and Economics, John M. Olin Foundation, 1981-84
Undergraduate School: Eastern Illinois University, 1978
Undergraduate School Honors/Involvement: High Honors; Lincoln Fellowship, 1978
Graduate School: University of Illinois, Ph.D., Economics, 1985; M.S., Economics, 1981
Wahl Clipper Corporation
Rockford Public Library
- Oliver Close, LLC and predecessor firms, 1990-present
- Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal, Chicago, IL, 1986-90
Bar/Professional Association Involvement:
- Member, Labor and Employment Law Section Council, Illinois State Bar Association, 1991-1998.
- Labor and Employment Section Council, Illinois State Bar Association.
- Editorial Board, Illinois Bar Journal, 2001-2006.
- Winnebago County Bar Association
- First Vice-President, 2009-2010
- Second Vice-President, 2008-2009
Community Involvement: Rockford Campaign for Legal Services for Prairie State Legal Services, 2011 to date.
Published Legal Writing:
John Rearden, Jr., "Collective Bargaining Negotiations," LABOR LAW HANDBOOK, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (2013 edition upcoming and 2010 and previous editions).
John Rearden, Jr., "Appointed Attorneys for Indigent Civil Litigants in Federal Court: the Illinois Experience," 94 Illinois Bar Journal 369 (July 2006).
John Rearden, Jr., "Reasonable Accommodation: An Illinois Employer?s Guide to the Emerging Standard," 84 Illinois Bar Journal 236 (May 1996).
John Rearden, Jr., "Is the Paid Union Organizer You Just Hired Your Employee? The Supreme Court Says Yes," 33 Labor and Employment Law Newsletter No. 5 (April 1996).
John Rearden, Jr., "Picketing and Handbilling by Nonemployees Is Not Protected," 30 Labor and Employment Law Newsletter No. 4, p. 5 (February 1993).
John Rearden, Jr., "The Illinois Right to Privacy in the Workplace Act: Substance, Procedure and Interpretation," 29 Labor and Employment Law Newsletter No. 6, p. 1 (April 1992).
Speaker, December 2012, Rockford, Illinois, Sterling Education Services, "Sexual, Racial and Other Harassment in the Workplace."
Speaker, August 12, 2009, Rockford, Illinois, Sterling Education Services, "Sexual, Racial and Other Harassment in the Workplace."
Speaker, April 23, 2009, Rockford, Illinois, Winnebago County Bar Association, "Federal Civil Procedure," Basic Skills for new attorneys.
Speaker, October 15, 2008, Rockford, Illinois, Sterling Education Services, "Negotiating Separation Agreements in Difficult Termination Situations" and "Coping with Leave Laws"
Speaker, April 18, 2008, Rockford, Illinois, Winnebago County Bar Association, "Federal Civil Procedure," Basic Skills for new attorneys.
Speaker, February 2007, Chicago, Illinois, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education,
When Current Employees File a Discrimination And/or Retaliation Suit."
Oliver Close, LLC, is the oldest continuous law firm in Rockford and Winnebago County, Illinois. We represent clients in the courts of Winnebago County, surrounding counties, and in Federal Court. We counsel businesses and individuals in all areas of law including labor and employment, business transactions and planning, estate planning and probate, real estate development, banking, and personal injury. Our Firm provides comprehensive representation from advice, to consultation, to documentation, through any negotiation and litigation.
Family: Married with children
Parking: Across the street.