JOHN W. DAMISCH
John W. Damisch is a principal of the Chicago law firm of Damisch
& Damisch, Ltd. He received his bachelor's and law degree from Northwestern
University. Mr. Damisch was a former magistrate of the Circuit Court
of County. He was chairman of the village of Northfield Zoning Board
of Appeals and a member of the Northfield Township Board of Trustees.
Mr. Damisch assisted in the founding of three banks, two of which
are now part of Chase Bank. He is member of the American, Illinois
State, Chicago and DuPage County Bar Associations. He has been a special
assistant attorney general for the state of Illinois handling condemnation
matters for the Illinois Departments of Transportation, Economic Development,
Natural Resources and Illinois State Toll Highway Authority. Mr. Damisch
has represented local governments and land owners. He has tried numerous
jury trails in Cook County and the collar counties with one Lake County
verdict of $5.5 million. He settled a litigated TIF case in early
2005 with the Village of Wheeling, Illinois for $6.25 million, where
the original offer was $2 million. Mr. Damisch has written the chapter
on eminent domain for the local government for Illinois Continuing
John was raised on a dairy farm in Northern Kane County, Illinois;
attended Elgin High School, a one-room country grade school. His ancestors
settled the family farm in 1837. The farm is still in the family.
Northwestern University, B.S.
Northwestern University Law School, J.D.
United States Supreme Court; 1957
United States Court of Military Appeals; 1951
United States Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals; 1952
United States District Court for the Northern District, Trail Bar;
Illinois Supreme Court; 1950
John's practice focuses on civil trial litigation in various state
and federal courts in Chicago and the greater Chicago metropolitan
area. John concentrates his area of practice on personal injury, condemnation,
and federal litigation. John represents public bodies as wells as
owners in condemnation matters. He has represented Illinois Department
of Transportation, Illinois State Toll Highway Authority, Du Page
County and other municipal bodies in condemnation matters. Has handled
over 40 appeals to the Illinois Appellate and Supreme Court and the
Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.
John has written and published articles in the field of real estate,
foreclosure, condemnation and agriculture; have written book chapters
for Illinois Continuing Legal Education.
American Bar Association, Member, 1950 - Present
Chicago Bar Association, Member, 1950 - Present
Illinois State Bar Association, Member, 1950 - Present
Illinois Bar Association: Member of Assembly (two terms); Member of
Illinois Bar Foundation.
Circuit Court of Cook County, Magistrate, 1957 - 1965
Chicago Farmers Club, Past President, 1976 - Present
United Way of Northfield, Illinois, Past President, 1985 - 1990
Northfield Village Caucus, Past President, 1987 - 1991
Public Service Illinois State Treasure's Office. Attorney and
personal advisor to State Treasurer for two terms. Justice of the
Peace and Magistrate of the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois
sitting in the Second District for eight years. Northfield Township
trustee for four years. Member and present Chairman of the Northfield
Zoning Board of Appeals. Arbitrator, American Arbitrations Association.
Served as Chairman of arbitration panel on construction disputed on
$10,000,000 new building for Hammond, Indiana grade school.
Assisted in founding and chartering the following banks:
1. Bank and
Trust of Arlington Height (now Bank One)
2. Northwest Trust & Savings
Bank, Arlington Heights (now Bank One).
3. Bank of Mundelein. This
bank was merged with First Midwest Bank.
4. Charter shareholder of
Northview Bank & Trust.
Northfield: (Past offices held):
1. United Way. Director, Secretary,
Vice President and President.
2. Caucuses: Sunset Ridge Grade School
and New Trier High School; Member and Chairman of the Northfield Village
3. Member Northfield Traffic Study Commission.
of the New Trier West High School Parents Association.
Township Trustee (two terms).
6. Several ad hoc village committees
relating to the selection of a Chief of Police; sewer and water special
tax assessment and other local matters.
7. Boy Scouts. Member and
Chairman of Northfield's Troop 17; Chairman of the New Trier District;
Neighborhood commissioner; on camp staff for five years; Member of
Executive Board and on Finance Committee of Northeast Illinois Council;
Eagle Scout sponsor; Recipient of Trail Blazer and Scouter's award;
Member of the Order of Arrow--Ordeal and Brotherhood.
8. Member of
the Northfield Lions club (1970-1995).
9. Other past positions. (a)
Trustee Washington Memorial Presbyterian Church (an 1841 pioneer church
in Kane County).
10. Presently: Chairman Northfield Zoning Board of
Active in numerous philanthropic
activities at Northwestern University and its law school. Member of:
John Evans Club (fund raising group); Wigmore Club (fund raising group
for Law School); and Northwestern Club of Chicago; annual participant
in the law school's telethon.
Founder and Trustee of
Chicago, Cook County 4-H Club Foundation; Member and past director
of Sheridan Shores Yacht Club, Wilmette; Mayflower Society; Charter
Member of Illinois Living History Farms (a group to establish an antique
farm); Circumnavigators (Persons who have traveled around the world).
Interest in farms located in Kane, Mc Henry, Lake, DeKalb and Cook
counties. All farms raise corn and soy beans. Member American, Kane
County, and Illinois Farm Bureaus; member and past president for the
Chicago Farmers (a group of Chicago professional and business persons
who have an interest in farming); Corn Growers and Soy Bean Growers
Association. 1991 recipient of the Plowman's Award for distinguished
service to agriculture.