John A. Fairman is a private attorney specializing in Civil and Criminal Litigation (Illinois). He has spent years in public service in Chicago, Illinois and Washington, D.C., with both the state and federal government. We are also proud to announce Mr. Fairman’s recent selection as a 2014 Illinois Super Lawyer.
Mr. Fairman has personally handled hundreds of civil and criminal cases and has built a reputation for always seeking Fairness and Justice in the courtroom. As a former Prosecutor, John served as a Cook County Assistant State’s Attorney in their Felony Review and Municipal Jury Trial Sections. In 2006 he was responsible for prosecuting all 5th District Municipal jury trial court cases and successfully tried and won every case that he prosecuted. During his tenure on Capitol Hill, Mr. Fairman worked with the Judiciary Committee and was the Lead Congressional staff member for the Enron Debacle of 2002 for the 18th Congressional District of Texas, where he helped write legislation to change the United State’s accounting laws.
In 2013 Mr. Fairman served as the youngest President in 98 years for the oldest legal association of minority lawyers and judges in the country, the Cook County Bar Association. Since being elected Mr. Fairman has successfully helped build and organize one of the largest court appointed programs across the state of Illinois; and organize one of the Cook County Bar Associations largest and most successful continuing legal education conferences ever.
In 2012 Mr. Fairman was appointed by the Supreme Court of Illinois to the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission Review Board. In 2008 Mr. Fairman became a mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters organization, and also served as a Hearing Board Member for the Disciplinary Commission of the Supreme Court of Illinois. Additionally, Mr. Fairman serves on the Board of Directors for several legal and community organizations, including Cook County Bar Association (CCBA), Southwest Bar Association, Illinois One Family One Child, and Illinois Drug Policy Coalition.
In 2007 the Cook County Bar Association Awarded John Fairman with their Distinguished Presidents Award for his work on drug policy in the state of Illinois. In 2006 the National Black Prosecutors Association Honored Mr. Fairman as their Executive Board Member of the Year, and in 2005 he served as the local Chicago President of the National Black Prosecutors Association.
Mr. Fairman has served and is active in several legal and community organization and is licensed to practice in the State of Illinois, State of Indiana and in Federal Court in the Northern District of Illinois.