John K. Notz Jr. CV


Addresses: Office: Residence:
  191 North Wacker Drive, Suite 3700 399 Fullerton Parkway
  Chicago, IL 60606-1968 Chicago, IL 60610-4795
(312) 569-1088  
(312) 569-3088  
Personal Practice:
ADR Activities (d/b/a "Neutral Services"):
  American Arbitration Association (commercial, securities, construction and insurance industry arbitrator and mediator;
  NASD Regulation, Inc. (arbitrator and mediator);
  National Futures Association (arbitrator);
  New York Stock Exchange (arbitrator and mediator);
  Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois, Mandatory Arbitration Program;
  NASD trained chair for securities arbitrations;
  AAA, NASD and NYSE trained arbitrator;
  AAA and ENDISPUTE trained mediator;
  Former Distinguished Neutral, Center for Public Resources Institute on Dispute Resolution;
  American Bar Association's Dispute Resolution Section and member of that Section's Arbitration and Mediation Committees;
  American Bar Association's Business Law Section and member of that Section's ADR Committee;

American Bar Association's Senior Lawyers' Division’s designated Observor to the drafting committees of the National Council for the Commissioners on Uniform State Laws’ Revised Uniform Arbitration Act ("RUAA"), Uniform Mediation Act ("UMA") and Revised Uniform Management of Institutional Funds Act ("UMIFA"); that Division’s designated liaison to the ABA’s Dispute Resolution Section;


Retired as of January 1, 1996, but maintaining an office within Gardner, Carton & Douglas, a Chicago law firm, where these positions were held: Of Counsel: 1991-1995; Partner: 1967-1990; Associate: 1960-1966.


When in active practice, a specialist in commercial law and business and nonprofit corporate law, principally in transactional matters; expertise in futures law, computer systems and construction procurement and corporate governance matters; experience included representation of financial institutions, general civil litigation, bankruptcy trusteeship of a large futures commission merchant, securities offerings (public and private) and corporate restructurings (publicly and privately held), representing, principally, corporations and partnerships in for profit and nonprofit service businesses, including personal matters of their management and other controlling persons; former Chairman of the Firm's Corporate Department.

Admitted to Bar:

Illinois, 1956 (inactive); Florida, 1957 (retired, 1996); Wisconsin, 1989 (inactive); U.S. Supreme Court; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit; U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois; The Federal Trial Bar.

Personal Information:

January 5, 1932; native of Winnetka, IL; married to Janis Lee Wellin; two children - one a lawyer employed by the Office Corporation Counsel of The City of Chicago and one self-employed in San Francisco, CA.

Professional Activities: 

American Bar Association – Member, Dispute Resolution Section; member, Senior Lawyers Division and a Vice Chair of its Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee; member, Forum on the Construction Industry; member, Section of Corporation, Banking and Business Law; former Co-Chairman of its Futures Law Subcommittee on Insolvency and Related Matters; former Co-Chairman of Model Nonprofit Corporation Act Subcommittee of Nonprofit Corporation Law Committee; The Chicago Bar Association - Member, Alternative Dispute Resoluton Committee; member and former chairman, Corporation Law Committee; former member, Futures Law Committee); Illinois State Bar Association - Member, Dispute Resolution Section; former member of its Corporation and Securities Laws Section Council and of its Business Advice and Financial Planning Section Council; Continuing legal education program speaker on corporate governance and limited liability company issues for the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education; for IIT/Chicago-Kent College of Law; for Northwestern University School of Law's Garrett Institute; for ALI/ABA (American Law Institute/American Bar Association) and for The Banking Law Institute (on secured creditors' dealings with bankruptcy trustees); former member of the Planning Committee for IIT/Chicago-Kent College of Law's Annual Program for Nonprofit Organizations (1985-1989); The American Law Institute's Members' Consultative Groups for Restatements of (a) The Prudent Investor Rule, (b) The Law Governing Lawyers and (c) Trusts; chapters on "Directors and Officers' Liability" for Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education publications and for Northwestern University School of Law's Garrett Institute; introductions to the Illinois Secretary of State's pamphlet editions of the Illinois Not for Profit Act of 1986 (1986 and 1990 ed.) and the Illinois Business Corporation Act of 1983 (1987 ed.); introductory chapter on Organizational Procedure and Forms for Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education's "Organizing and Advising Not for Profit Corporations" (1987, 1990, 1992, 1994).

Chairman, Illinois Secretary of State's Advisory Committee on the Illinois Corporation Laws (1987-1988; member, 1982-1995); former Chairman of its Not for Profit Act Subcommittee (1985-1987); in the former role, a draftsman of the Illinois Business Corporation Act of 1983; in the latter role, a draftsman of the Illinois Not for Profit Corporation Act of 1986; a draftsman of the Illinois Limited Liability Company Act of 1992; former Co-Chairman, Illinois Secretary of State's Advisory Committee on the Illinois Commodities Laws; former Public Member, Business Conduct Committee, Chicago Board Options Exchange, Inc. (1997-1998).

Prior Experience: Law Department, The First National Bank of Chicago (Summers of 1954 and 1956)
Military: First Lieutenant, United States Air Force (1957-1960), including Acting Staff Judge Advocate for USAF, Korea, Osan Air Base, Korea, and Staff Judge Advocate, Charleston Air Force Base, SC, Shiroi Air Base, Japan, and Fuchu Air Station, Japan; discharged from service as a Captain; Instructor in Business Law for The University of Maryland, Osan Air Base.
Legal Education: Northwestern University School of Law, Chicago, IL (J.D., 1956); President, The Junior Bar Association (1954-1955); Phi Delta Phi's Outstanding Graduate (1956).
Preparatory Education:  Williams College, Williamstown, MA (B.A., Mathematics, 1953); Deerfield Academy, Deerfield, MA (cum laude, 1949).
Civic Activities: Trustee, Graceland Cemetery, Chicago
  Life Trustee, Beloit College, Beloit, WI
  Treasurer, The Society of Architectural Historians, Chicago, IL
  President, Black Point Historic Preserve, Inc., Lake Geneva, WI
  Northwestern University School of Law - former chairman Annual Giving Campaigns; recipient of a Service Award from Northwestern University (1978); former John Henry Wigmore Club Director; former John Evans Club Director (1991-1997).
  Law Advisory Council of DePaul University School of (1989-1997).
  Advisory Committee, Financial Markets and Trading Program of Illinois Institute of Technology's Stuart School of Business (1992-1995).
  Former Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (1990-1991) and a director for many years.
  Former Director, Chicago Commons Association and of several of its affiliates for many years.
  Former Trustee, legal counsel and Chairman, Endowment Fund Review Committee of the Board of Trustees, Francis W. Parker School, Chicago.
  Former Vestryman of Church of Our Savior, Chicago, and of St. Chrysostom's (Episcopal) Church, Chicago.
Other Memberships: The American Law Institute (member of Members' Consultative Groups on the "Restatements of the Law of Trusts", including that setting forth "The Prudent Investor Rule"; "The Law Governing Lawyers"; and its "Transnational Insolvency Project")
  Fellow, American Bar Foundation, The Chicago Bar Foundation and the Illinois State Bar Foundation
  The Lawyers Club of Chicago (former director and President of The Law Club, 1989-1990); former director of The Legal Club of Chicago)
  Chicago Estate Planning Council
  The Chicago Literary Club (President, 1996-1997)
T he Caxton Club, Chicago (former Council member)
The Cliff Dwellers, Chicago
  Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio Foundation, Oak Park, IL (Collections and Public Programs Committees).
  The Mid-Day Club of Chicago (former Vice President)
  The Racquet Club of Chicago (former President)
L ake Geneva (WI) Country Club (former President)
The Great Lakes Dredge & Philharmonic Society, Chicago
  The Economic Club of Chicago (former member - 1962-1995)
Futures Industry Association (former Associate Member - 1987-1995)
March, 2003