John W. Rotunno, a partner in K&L Gates' Chicago office, concentrates his practice in complex and multi-district litigation, including investment company litigation, securities litigation, shareholder derivative litigation, merger and acquisition litigation, fiduciary litigation, and consumers class actions. He has represented clients in internal investigations, valuation proceedings, including the valuation of a substantial interest in a founding NFL franchise, trade secret misappropriation cases, patent infringement litigation, trust litigation, partnership disputes and estate litigation. He also is experienced in distributorship and supply chain litigation and commercial tort and contract cases, as well as accountant's liability and RICO actions.
John has represented numerous publicly held corporations, investment companies, investment advisers, independent directors and trustees, major accounting firms, banks, savings and loans, corporate officers and directors and other individuals, including a former Attorney General of the United States, in the state and federal trial and appellate courts. He also served as coordinating counsel for a national consumer credit company in numerous lawsuits, many of which sought punitive damages for allegedly fraudulent practices.
John has practiced in the state and federal courts in Chicago and across the country, representing clients in actions pending in numerous jurisdictions including California, Delaware, Florida, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, New Mexico, Texas, and Wisconsin. He has tried cases in both the state and federal courts, including the United States Tax Court. In addition to his service as an advocate, John has counseled clients on contract, distribution, and licensing issues, as well as on compliance issues and internal corporate policies and procedures.
John has served as a global co-practice area leader for the firm’s Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice area.
- Listed in the Best Lawyers in America® for Commercial Litigation (2015-2024)
- Consistently named to the Illinois Super Lawyers list
- Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating
- Illinois State Bar Association
- Federal Bar Association
John has addressed professional organizations and participated in forums on a range of subjects, including federal securities litigation, developments in investment company litigation, the responsibilities of independent trustees and directors of investment companies, the attorney-client privilege, and accountant’s liability. He has served as a panelist at investment management industry conferences, including the Investment Company Institute’s 2012 Mutual Funds and Investment Management Conference, and as a guest lecturer at Northwestern University School of Law on developments in investment company litigation.