John R. Landis



John R. Landis is a partner and litigation lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP, and is a member of the firm's Insurance & Reinsurance Litigation, Securities Enforcement & Litigation and Business Litigation & Dispute Resolution Practices, as well as the Sports, Insurance & Reinsurance and Food & Beverage Industry Teams. Mr. Landis’ practice includes advising and representing his clients in commercial litigation matters, securities regulatory and enforcement proceedings, internal corporate investigations and general business matters (including corporate governance and compliance).

Mr. Landis’ clients include insurance brokerage firms, insurance companies, investment banking and municipal finance firms, broker-dealers and mutual fund companies.

Prior to joining Foley, Mr. Landis practiced for three years with Cravath, Swaine & Moore in New York City.

Community Engagement

Mr. Landis was a member of the legal team for the Chicago 2016 Olympic and Paralympic bid. He has been appointed to the United States Olympic Committee's Safe Sport Legal Referral Network. He also works with a number of other civic and non-profit organizations, including Kohl Children’s Museum of Greater Chicago, Great Lakes Adaptive Sports Association, and Scout Aquatics Swim Club.


In 2010 and 2011, Mr. Landis was named a BTI Client Service All-Star, an elite group of attorneys nominated solely and exclusively by clients in BTI’s independent study as delivering the absolute best in client service. He also was selected for inclusion in the 2009 Illinois Super Lawyers® list.*


Mr. Landis graduated from the University of Minnesota School of Law (J.D., magna cum laude, 1988), where he was a member of the law review. Mr. Landis clerked for two years for the Hon. James M. Rosenbaum, U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota.

A native of Appleton, Wisconsin, Mr. Landis received his undergraduate degree in mathematics from Lawrence University in 1984.


He is admitted to practice in Illinois and New York.

*The Illinois Supreme Court does not recognize certifications of specialties in the practice of law and no award or recognition is a requirement to practice law in Illinois.

Representative Matters

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The United States Olympic Committee (USOC) has appointed Foley to serve as a member of the USOC Safe Sport Legal Referral Network. A team of Foley attorneys will serve as a resource for the National Governing Bodies of Olympic sports in the United States. On March 16, 2012, the USOC announced the launch of its Safe Sport imitative aimed at improving the safety of athletes. Foley will work directly with National Governing Bodies seeking assistance with investigating claims of athlete mistreatment.
Defended a national insurance broker against a $50 million broker liability claim alleging negligence in the placement of insurance for an international manufacturing company. We obtained a dismissal of the claim with our client paying nothing.
Successfully defended a national insurance broker against a broker liability claim alleging negligence in the placement of facultative reinsurance. We obtained dismissal of our client after our summary judgment motion was briefed but not yet decided.