Your Outside In-house Legal Counsel Since 1985
John M. Peterson






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

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

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


  • The John Marshall Law School, Chicago, Illinois
    • J.D. - 1974
    • Honors: With Honors
  • Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois
    • B.S. - 1969
    • Major: Journalism

Honors and Awards

  • FTC Award for Excellence in Supervision
  • FTC Award for Superior Service
  • FTC Award for Superior Service

Professional Associations and Memberships

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

Past Employment Positions

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

Pro Bono Activities

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


  • Alpha Phi Gamma
  • Sigma Delta Chi