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John Stapleton is a transactional lawyer focusing his practice on corporate and securities matters, as well as corporate governance issues. He regularly advises domestic and foreign issuers and underwriters in a variety of public and private securities transactions, including initial public offerings, “at-the-market” offerings, debt offerings, and tender offers. John spent the first years of his legal career in Japan representing Japanese and U.S. companies in a variety of cross-border corporate and capital markets transactions.


  • Chicago-Kent College of Law, J.D.
  • St. John's University, B.A.

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois


  • Japanese


  • Named to Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch list in Real Estate Law (2023)
  • Named "Illinois Super Lawyer" Rising Star by Thomson Reuters (2020-2023)