John H. Scheid, Jr., is a partner at Murphy & Hourihane, L.L.C. John has over fourteen years of trial and appellate experience representing clients primarily in the area of commercial litigation. John previously was a partner at Quinlan & Carroll, Ltd., a litigation boutique, and before that associated with D’Ancona & Pflaum, a full service firm.
John represents publicly held companies, privately held companies, banking institutions, and individuals in a variety of commercial and business-related matters. He has extensive experience advising both individual clients and in-house counsel on issues of risk management and litigation strategy. His practice covers many areas of substantive law including business torts, construction litigation, employment law, partnership disputes, insurance litigation, probate litigation, ERISA, and real estate litigation.
John has successfully prosecuted and defended numerous emergency petitions for injunctive relief, represented clients in the appellate courts, and successfully conducted both bench and jury trials in state and federal court. He has advised clients of their rights in the aftermath of tax avoidance transactions invalidated by the Internal Revenue Service, and represented a real estate developer in litigation to protect its interests concerning a substantial commercial project.
John began his career as a law clerk to the Honorable Charles R. Norgle, Sr., a United States District Court Judge for the Northern District of Illinois. John is a member of the Chicago Bar Association and the Illinois State Bar Association. He is also a member of the state bar of Illinois and the Northern District of Illinois. John serves as a board member for the International Foundation for Ethical Research, and for the International Institute for Animal Law. He currently serves as an adjunct professor for the John Marshall Law School in its Trial Advocacy program.
While at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, John received a B.A. degree in Philosophy and Economics in 1990. He received his J.D. from the John Marshall Law School cum laude in 1994. While attending law school, John was a finalist in the F. Lee Bailey National Evidence Competition, served as an extern to the Honorable George W. Lindberg, a United States District Court Judge for the Northern District of Illinois, and was chosen to be the publications editor for The John Marshall Law Review.