John M. Peterson

John M. Peterson

Chicago, Illinois

JOHN M. PETERSON is engaged in the representation of not-for-profit and related organizations, and those in the travel, tourism, hospitality, incentive and meetings industry. John is a former Regional Director of the Federal Trade Commission, a former Chair of the Chicago Bar Association Trade and Professional Association Law Committee, and a former Chair of the Illinois State Bar Association Antitrust Law Section Council. John advises in the areas of antitrust and trade regulation, as well as other matters affecting trade associations and professional societies. John graduated with honors from The John Marshall Law School, where he was a member of the Law Review. John is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of Illinois; the Trial Bar of the United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois, District of Colorado, and Eastern District of Michigan; and the Ninth and Tenth Circuit Courts of Appeals. John currently serves on the ASAE Legal Section Council.

Areas of Practice

  • 75% Trade and Professional Associations
  • 15% Antitrust
  • 5% Contracts
  • 5% Trade Regulation

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois, 1974
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois Trial Bar, 1974
  • U.S. District Court District of Colorado, 1997
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan, 1998
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 2003
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit, 1998


  • John Marshall Law School, Chicago, Illinois
    • J.D. - 1974
    • Honors: With Honors
    • Law Review: John Marshall Journal of Practice and Procedure, Member, 1973 - 1974
  • Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois
    • B.S. - 1969
    • Major: Journalism

Honors and Awards

  • FTC Award for Excellence in Supervision, 1985
  • FTC Award for Superior Service, 1982
  • FTC Award for Superior Service, 1987

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association, 1974 - Present
  • Chicago Bar Association, 1987 - Present
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Chair Antitrust Law Section Council, 1974 - Present
  • American Society of Association Executives, Legal Section Council, Member

Past Employment Positions

  • Federal Trade Commission, Regional Director, 1986 - 1987
  • Federal Trade Commission, Attorney, 1974 - 1987
  • Federal Trade Commission, Assistant Regional Director, 1979 - 1986

Pro Bono Activities

  • Chair of McGaw YMCA, 2007 - 2009
  • Board Member of McGaw YMCA, 2002 - 2009
  • Committee Memberships, Association Forum of Chicagoland, 1996 - 2007
  • Board Member, Secretary, Senior Connection, 2012 - Present


  • Alpha Phi Gamma
  • Sigma Delta Chi