John Ruskusky, a partner in Nixon Peabody’s Litigation department, is a business counselor and trial attorney who represents companies and individuals in high-stakes and bet-the-company business disputes. John leads the firm’s Complex Disputes practice group, co-leads the Biometric Information Privacy Act team, and also serves on the firm’s Pro Bono committee.
I have more than twenty years of trial, arbitration, and counseling experience involving the management of complex business disputes and disputes involving law firms.
I counsel businesses and their owners, officers, and investors in a wide range of disputes, including large business transactions (such as distribution and purchase agreements), life sciences and medical devices, food and beverage disputes, fiduciary duty claims, data privacy matters, and dissolution and valuation. I regularly represent Fortune 500 and other large business clients in litigation in Illinois, California, Delaware, New York and other venues throughout the country in a variety of business disputes relating to their agreements and operations. Some of my relevant recent experience includes the following:
As litigation costs continue to rise, I see growing client demand for alternative-fee arrangements, including discounted rates coupled with “banked” fees and success fees. I have employed these and other risk-reward sharing arrangements with my clients to fairly allocate risk, and to provide certainty in fee exposure while ensuring the best possible result.
Chicago partner John Ruskusky, leader of the firm’s Complex Disputes practice, is quoted in this article covering an influx of lawsuits, notably against Amazon and Ford, claiming that job applicants faced interview questions about family medical history that allegedly violated the Illinois Genetic Information Protection Act (GIPA). John discusses the range of industries being targeted by GIPA-related lawsuits and the uncertain nature of the legal strategy in these cases.
Partner and Complex Disputes practice leader John Ruskusky and Healthcare partner April Schweitzer, both of Chicago, are quoted in this article that looks at the growing number of lawsuits filed in Cook County, Illinois, under the state’s new Genetic Information Privacy Act (GIPA). John discusses the types of industries that will most likely be affected by the law while April lays out best practices for employers to consider when reviewing policies and practices for GIPA compliance.
This article highlights the return of Long Island Complex Disputes counsel Bryan Lewis to the firm, noting his previous role as an NP associate from 2002 to 2009. The article also quotes Chicago partner and Complex Disputes practice leader John Ruskusky and Long Island office managing partner Allan Cohen on Bryan’s return.
This article focuses on the arrival of New York City Complex Disputes counsel Paul Downs to the firm, detailing his practice area, career, and why he chose NP. The article also highlights the recent arrival of New York City Complex Disputes senior counsel Stephen P. Younger, noting the two attorneys’ longstanding working relationship. It also quotes Chicago partner and Complex Disputes practice leader John Ruskusky and New York City Office Managing Partner Ilana Kameros.
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
George Washington University Law School, J.D., with highest honors; Order of the Coif; The George Washington University Law Review
University of Notre Dame, B.S., cum laude
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