Peter C. John - Williams, Montgomery & John Ltd.

Peter C. John

Listed in Best Lawyers since 1995
Phone: 312-443-3210

Peter C. John is a partner in the trial firm of Williams Montgomery & John and has over thirty-five  years of handling complex breach of merger and acquisition contracts, distributor terminations, commercial contract disputes, product liability matters, patent infringement matters and has specialized for years in attorney malpractice actions.  He also has extensive experience in arbitrations involving major construction cases and environmental liability.   

Mr. John served as President of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers (an association of the 500 most distinguished trial lawyers in the United States) in 2001-02.  He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and the International Society of Barristers and serves on the Barristers’ Board of Governors.  Mr. John has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America since 1995 and is also listed as Leading Lawyer in Illinois.  He served on the Illinois Supreme Court Committee on Jury Instructions in Civil Cases for ten years and on the National Judicial College Advisory Council for five years.  Mr. John lectures extensively and has written numerous articles for publication. 

Villanova University School of LawJ.D. Cornell UniversityBA 1963
International Academy of Trial LawyersInternational Society of Barristers

Case History

Bechtel Power, etal v. Athens Generating, etal v. Siemens Westinghouse — Arbitration in Washington, D.C.  Achieved verdict of "not guilty" for client Siemens Westinghouse Power in arbitration of construction claims brought by
Athens Generating seeking tens of millions of dollars in delays and liquidated damages. Siemens supplied combustion turbine generators and other
equipment to a power plant in NY owned by Athens. When delays derailed the construction schedule, the general contractor, Bechtel, sued Athens for
liquidated and other damages.  Athens sought contribution or indemnity from Siemens.  After a hearing spanning periods over more than three years,
the arbitration panel found that Athens was entitled to no relief from Siemens by way of contribution, indemnity or otherwise.
ConocoPhillips v. Level 3 Communications, etal — Won a $4.7M jury verdict on behalf of ConocoPhillips in a property damage case.  Jury found negligence, trespass and nuisance against the defendant
after a two week trial. 
Cohen v. Blockbuster Entertainment, etal — Represented Blockbuster in a $90M purported class action involving late fee claims by video renters and buyers.  Appealed trial court certification
twice resulting in the trial court's certifications being overturned.  Trial court eventually decertified class. 
Trinova v. LOF Glass, etal — Won jury verdict for Trinova in breach of contract lawsuit related to the acquisition of LOF Glass by Pilkington Holdings of England.  LOF
refused to pay large tax liability.  Jury awarded Trinova $6M in additional taxes plus interest and attorneys' fees totaling $10M.
UNR v. Continental, etal — Successfuly defended an insurer of UNR in $123M claim for failure to provide complete defense to asbestos claims.  UNR claimed it was
forced into bankruptcy by its insurers' actions.  Three-month jury trial resulted in 11 special verdicts, all in favor of defendant insurer.

Office Location

Willis Tower, Suite 6100
233 South Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60606-6359
United States

Practice Areas

Bet-the-Company Litigation
Commercial Litigation
Insurance Law (Class Actions, Commercial, Coverage, Defense, Legal Malpractice, Litigation, Professional Liability)
Litigation - Intellectual Property

Other Information

Gender: Male