John Stanis is a skilled litigator and has appeared in courts throughout the U.S. He often handles commercial, employment, real estate and transportation litigation. He has represented companies in various industries, including manufacturing machine tools, printing press and automotive parts, in pursuing and defending cases involving creditors' rights, breach of contract claims, product warranty disputes, misappropriation of trade secrets, violation of non-compete and confidentiality agreements and representing real property owners in landlord-tenant disputes, including forcible detainer and entry. In addition, he has executed claims for fraud, statutory violations and wrongful termination of distributors and sales representatives.
Mr. Stanis has extensive experience in employment related litigation and counseling and has served as lead counsel in bench and jury trials. He represents employers and individuals in claims regarding all types of discrimination, harassment, tort and contract disputes. Mr. Stanis advises clients on employment issues, such as the drafting of policy manuals; reductions in force; employee discipline and termination problems; employment agreements; compensation issues; and compliance with state and federal statutes. Mr. Stanis is a frequent speaker and conducts seminars, also in Japanese, on various employment issues, such as how to handle harassment complaints and approaches to hiring, discipline and personnel management.
In support of the firm's real estate practice, Mr. Stanis has handled numerous lawsuits involving real estate claims, including trying cases regarding construction disputes, title insurance coverage, mechanics liens, purchase and sale disputes, forcible entry and detainer matters, as well as claims and disputes between landlord and tenant. He has represented title insurers and agents in defending against claims against them and their insured. In addition, Mr. Stanis has represented the State of Illinois' Department of Transportation as a Special Assistant Attorney General for roadway expansion eminent domain cases.
As a member of the Distribution & Sales Group, Mr. Stanis assists clients by drafting, reviewing and negotiating sales representative and distribution agreements, purchase and sale contracts, and terms and conditions for standard forms. He frequently advises clients on structuring and securing sales under the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC), as well as for cross-border sales to Mexico and other countries. His transportation law experience includes assisting clients with regulatory and commercial matters, such as obtaining freight forwarder and customs broker licenses and permits, drafting terms and conditions for bills of lading, and preparation of logistics and warehousing agreements.
Mr. Stanis is a frequent author on employment and litigation topics. He recently published the introduction to the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education's (IICLE) 2004 award-winning employment handbook, Conducting the Employment Practices Audit. Mr. Stanis is also the author of "The Rising Use of Alternative Dispute Resolution in the United States," which was published in Japanese in the February 2003 issue of International Legal Strategy.
During his undergraduate studies, he spent a year at Nanzan University in Nagoya, Japan.