September 1, 2023

Accomplished trial lawyer John Mitchell has joined Willkie as Counsel. He is based in the firm’s Chicago office.
John joined Willkie after spending 13 years in senior government positions. Most recently, he was a federal prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Chicago. Prior to that, he served as a Senior Attorney in the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Enforcement, where he led teams of prosecutors and FBI agents in criminal investigations and served as trial counsel on behalf of the U.S. in complex and high-profile jury trials.    
“John strengthens our litigation bench in Chicago and enhances our national and global reach,” said Craig C. Martin, Chairman, Midwest. “He brings critical experience to our governance and investigation clients.”
As a member of Willkie’s Litigation Department and the firm’s White-Collar Defense, Securities Litigation & Enforcement, and Investigations & Enforcement practice groups, John represents companies and individuals in government and internal investigations, as well as in complex civil and criminal matters.
Willkie Chicago has grown into an 80-attorney team, nearly half of whom are women lawyers and approximately one-third of whom are diverse lawyers. The office has cemented its reputation as a destination for board governance counseling, investigations and high-stakes trial work in areas such as antitrust, commercial contracts, ERISA, patents, trade secrets, and more. In addition to its litigation prowess, Willkie Chicago is home to one of the premier private client practices in the country, providing counsel to ultra-high-net worth individuals and their families. Willkie Chicago also has a growing transactional practice that is focused on private equity, mergers and acquisitions, asset management, finance and restructuring. Willkie Chicago’s demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion, to pro bono work, and to the Chicago civic community make Willkie Chicago a destination for talent and clients.