John F. O'Brien III


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  • University of Illinois College of Law, JD, cum laude, 2006
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, MM, with honors, 2001
  • Northwestern University, BM, with highest distinction and departmental honors, 1999
  • Georgia
  • Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado

American Bar Association, Products Liability Committee, Co-Chair Food and Supplements Subcommittee (2016-2018)

State Bar of Georgia, 2015-Present

Atlanta Bar Association, 2015-Present

Atlanta Lawyers Club, 2015-Present

Lawyers Club of Chicago, 2008-Present

American Bar Association, 2006-Present

Chicago Bar Association, 2006-Present

John is an experienced litigator, who defends food, beverage, and dietary supplement manufacturers, distributors, and retailers in litigation arising from recalls, foodborne illness outbreaks, unfair competition claims, and labeling challenges. He also regularly counsels clients on food safety, labeling, and other regulatory and compliance matters, including regulations issued under the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act. John is a frequent speaker at legal and industry group conferences on issues facing the food industry.

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Representation of large national restaurant chain in foodborne illness-related litigation.

Counseled food manufacturers regarding labeling and nutrient content claims.

Advised importers of foodstuffs on applicable federal regulations.

Defended chemical technology company in action alleging defect in barrier protection chemistry used in the flooring industry.

Defended honey producer, producer, and distributor in a class action lawsuit involving RICO and Langham Act claims. Representation of land developer against homeowner association’s claims of stormwater runoff and pollution from upstream commercial development.

Representation of national vending and amusement games management firm in RICO, fraud, and breach of contract action against sublicensee.

Defended local restaurant against Lanham Act claims of trademark infringement, dilution, and cybersquatting.

Author, "Food Industry Employers Beware: Whistleblower Claims Under FSMA Are on the Horizon," American Bar Association, Section of Litigation, March 30, 2017
Author, "DOJ Looks to Increase Individual Accountability to Enforce Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act," ABA Products Liability Committee’s Practice Points, January 2016
Co-author, "An Introduction to International Arbitration: Practical Insights," IDC Quarterly, 2012
Co-author, "The Daubert Tango: Recent Developments In Fire and Explosion Litigation," Subrogator Magazine, Fall 2009
Co-author, "Landing the Knockout Punch: Contacting Another Party's Current and Former Employees Within The Ropes," Subrogator Magazine, Fall 2008
Co-author, "Product Liability Blackjack (21) Ways To Win, Bust or Fold!," Subrogator Magazine, Spring/Summer 2008
Author, Chapters 3-5, The Illinois Practice Series On Automobile Insurance, December 2007
Co-author, "Drowning in Black Water: Water Restoration Contractors' Deviations from Industry Good Practices & Standards of Care Trigger Potential Mold Liabilities," Subrogator Magazine, Winter 2007
Co-author, "Insurance Issues in Bankruptcy: Policy Proceeds in Consumer Cases," Mississippi Bankruptcy Conference, December 2007
Co-author, "The BIG Daubert Hurdles In Fire & Explosion Litigation," Subrogator Magazine, Fall 2006
Speaker, "Food Imports: Analyzing New Safety Requirements as Per FSMA’s Foreign Supplier Verification Programs (FSVP) Final Rule," Food Law and Regulation Boot Camp, American Conference Institute, November 2016
Speaker, "FMSA Food Defense Rule: Practical Considerations for Protecting Against Ultimate Harm and Complying with FDA’s Final Rule," FDA News Webinar, August 2016
Moderator, "Food Safety from Farm to Fork: Litigation Perspectives," ABA Food & Supplements Subcommittee Roundtable, December 2015
Panelist, "The Ethics of Internal Investigations, Domestic and Abroad," ABA Section of Litigation and Food Supplements Workshop, June 2015
"What Every Manufacturer Needs to Know About the Consumer Product Safety Commission," CLE Presentation, March 2013