Jonathan D. Sherman

Jonathan D. Sherman

Chicago, IL


Jon is a trusted legal advisor and litigator with more than 30 years of experience counseling publicly traded and privately owned companies in numerous industries, including consumer products, food, manufacturing and real estate. As outside general counsel, Jon helps clients determine business strategies and manage legal risks; as national litigation counsel, he analyzes potential threats, develops effective responses, and supervises lawsuits in federal and state courts across the country.

Over the course of his career, Jon has successfully resolved disputes involving contracts, insurance coverage, fiduciary duties and trade secrets, among other matters. He is equally comfortable in the courtroom and in the boardroom, and delivers customized training to executives, directors and key personnel on issues such as antitrust compliance, employment law and dispute resolution. Jon draws on an extensive network of professional advisors to help businesses develop proactive solutions that address their most pressing legal needs. He also has significant experience representing attorneys and other professionals in disciplinary and malpractice cases.

Jon has appeared in state and federal courts throughout the United States at the trial and appellate levels, including before the Illinois Supreme Court. He has led clients through successful arbitrations, mediations and administrative hearings, achieved numerous trial victories and negotiated many favorable settlements. He understands both the context and the nuances of each case, and approaches every matter with an eye toward aggressive, cost-effective resolution.

Jon co-authored the chapter "How to Overspend and Lose the Case: Ten Common Mistakes in Big Ticket Litigation" for the e-book Straight from the Top: Case Studies in the World of Litigation. While in law school, he served as managing editor of the Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology, published by Northwestern Pritzker School of Law.



Northwestern Pritzker School of Law
J.D., 1983
University of Michigan
B.A., 1980, With Distinction and Highest Honors

Bar Admissions


Court Admissions

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
Trial Bar for the Northern District of Illinois
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

Professional Organizations

  • American Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association, past Chair of the Education Subcommittee of the Commercial Litigation Committee


Jon is president of Camp Ramah in Wisconsin and Ramah Day Camp, and is a vice president of the National Ramah Commission. Established by the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in 1947, the Ramah network provides camping, educational and leadership opportunities to more than 11,000 children, teens, and young adults annually. Jon also is a member of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee and AJC. He provides pro bono legal services for JUF Community Legal Services, the ARK and other social service agencies, and has volunteered for Lawyers in the Classroom, a program that teaches Chicago public school students about the U.S. Constitution and legal system.

Insights & Events



  • Leading Lawyers Network, Commercial Litigation, 2004-2020
  • David T. Brown Community Service Award, 2018
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