John Swinney is an associate in the Education, Higher Education, and Labor and Employment practice groups at Franczek P.C. John’s practice largely focuses on representing public-sector employers, K-12 schools, and colleges and universities in matters including employment, special education, and student misconduct.
John represents clients in all stages of proceedings in state and federal courts. His litigation experience includes successfully defending employers and educational institutions in both bench and jury trials. John also represents clients in administrative hearings, including those before the EEOC, IDHR, and ISBE due process hearing officers.
John is experienced in counseling clients on a wide range of topics including board governance and business matters, Freedom of Information Act and Open Meetings Act concerns, drafting and implementation of employment related policies, and student matters including student discipline, student expulsion hearings, and special education/disability matters. John also advises clients facing complaints or administrative charges relating to harassment and discrimination, including those involving sexual harassment and violence.
Before graduating from the University of Notre Dame Law School, John was a student representative for the Chicago branch of The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, President of the Education Law Forum, and a staff member on the Journal of College and University Law—a law review in cooperation with the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA) dedicated to the law of higher education.
Before joining Franczek P.C., John completed the Firm’s Legal Education for the Advancement of Diversity and Scholarship (LEADS) Fellowship Program in 2015 and 2016. John was also an extern at the Chicago District Office of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Prior to law school, John graduated from the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana with a Bachelor of Arts in the Teaching of Spanish (K-12). John completed his student teaching experience at Mahomet-Seymour Community Unit School District 3.
John is a member of the Chicago Bar Association and the Illinois Council of School Attorneys. In his spare time, John enjoys cooking, reading, touring breweries and distilleries, and travelling.