Webber & Thies

John E. Thies



Areas of Practice:

Business representation and general litigation.

Professional Experience:

While experienced in a wide range of matters, Mr. Thies concentrates his practice in the areas of business representation and general litigation. In this regard, he has advised large and small businesses as to many substantive areas of the law and litigated in jurisdictions throughout the state of Illinois, from trial courts to the Illinois Supreme Court. Among other matters, he has handled national and state-wide class actions in state and federal jurisdictions.

Of note, Mr. Thies was co-counsel on behalf of the successful appellant in two significant Illinois Consumer Fraud Act putative class actions litigated in the Illinois Supreme Court, Shannon v. Boise Cascade Corporation, 208 Ill.2d 517, and Oliveira v. Amoco Oil Company, 201 Ill.2d 134. He was also lead defense counsel in the resolution of four related putative class actions filed in multiple federal and state jurisdictions in Illinois (the lead case receiving final settlement approval in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois).

In the area of employment and labor, Mr. Thies has handled cases in numerous forums and has led labor negotiations. Besides practicing before federal and state courts, he also practices before a number of administrative bodies including the Illinois Human Rights Commission, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the National Labor Relations Board, and similar labor/management forums. He successfully litigated (and was lead counsel in) the case of Mills vs. Health Care Service Corporation, 171 F.3d 450 in the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, which established new law in the area of reverse gender discrimination. The Mills case has been cited more than 200 times by courts across the nation.


J.D., University of Illinois College of Law, 1988
B.A., Economics, with distinction, Indiana University, 1984 (Phi Beta Kappa academic honorary)

Bar Admissions:

Illinois State Bar, 1988

Mr. Thies is also admitted to the U.S. District Court for the Central (1989), Northern (2005) and Southern (2005) Districts of Illinois, to the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in 1998, and to the Supreme Court of the United States (1998).

Professional Activities:

A member of the Champaign County, Chicago, Illinois State, and American Bar Associations, Mr. Thies is the past president of the 32,000 member Illinois State Bar Association. He is also a member of The Bar Association of the Central and Southern Federal District of Illinois (currently serving as its Vice President), the Seventh Circuit Bar Association, the American Counsel Association, and the Illinois Real Estate Lawyers Association, among other groups. He presently serves in the ABA House of Delegates.

His firm is a charter member of Attorney's Title Guarantee Fund, which the firm helped establish. Mr. Thies has spoken at numerous bar association sponsored (and other) events, and is a Fellow of the Illinois and American Bar Foundations. He currently serves as president of Land of Lincoln Legal Aid, Inc.

He has a Martindale-Hubbell peer review rating of AV, has earned the Super Lawyers designation by Law & Politics (limited to 5% of licensed active attorneys in Illinois) and has been selected for inclusion in the Leading Lawyers Network (which has designated him as being in the top ten downstate business lawyers in Illinois).


While in law school, Mr. Thies co-authored "Rethinking American Housing Policy: Defederalizing Subsidized Housing", University of Illinois Law Review, Vol. 1987, Issue, 4.

Civic and Philanthropic Involvement:

Mr. Thies is a member of the President's Council of the University of Illinois Foundation and is a life member of the University of Illinois Alumni Association. He has also been involved in many community activities, including: Cunningham Children's Home Foundation (past President); Champaign-Urbana Community Schools Foundation (past Chair); Volunteer Center of Champaign County (past Chair); Education Committee of Urbana Chamber of Commerce (past Chair); Champaign-Urbana Kiwanis Club (past board member); United Way of Champaign County (past board member); and First Presbyterian Church of Urbana (past member of Board of Trustees). Together with his wife, Terry, he has led youth on a number of church mission trips to such locations as West Virginia, Mississippi, and Mexico.