John L. Kirtley is a member of the firm’s Board of Directors and past chair of its Litigation team. His practice focuses on complex business litigation with an emphasis on shareholder disputes, securities, and corporate governance. Over his 36-year career, John has also litigated numerous disputes concerning contracts, covenants not to compete, business torts, unfair competition, trade secrets, real estate, construction, banking, and financial services.
John is listed in Best Lawyers for Bet-the-Company, Banking & Finance, Commercial, Mergers & Acquisitions and Securities Litigation and has been recognized by Best Lawyers as Lawyer of the Year for Bet-the-Company, Banking and Finance, and Securities Litigation. John is also listed in Chambers & Partners for General Commercial Litigation, Benchmark Litigation and Wisconsin Super Lawyers - Business Litigation. John has extensive jury and court trial experience and has also litigated numerous injunction proceedings and arbitrations (both domestic and international).
John graduated cum laude from the Indiana University School of Law. He completed his undergraduate education at Ball State University, where he received a bachelor’s degree in economics, magna cum laude.
John is admitted to practice before the United States Federal District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin, the Federal Court of Claims, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Judicial Circuit. He is a frequent seminar speaker on current business litigation topics and federal court practice.