John Lausch is a partner in Kirkland's Chicago office, focusing on White Collar Criminal Defense & Securities Enforcement, as well as other Litigation matters.
Prior to rejoining Kirkland in 2010, Mr. Lausch worked as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Northern District of Illinois for more than eleven years, serving as a supervisor in the office from 2005-2010. As an AUSA, Mr. Lausch tried more than twenty criminal jury cases involving RICO conspiracy, various fraud offenses, and narcotics, extortion, and firearms charges. In particular, Mr. Lausch investigated and tried high profile, complex corruption cases as an AUSA, leading the racketeering prosecution of a crew of corrupt police officers from Chicago's Englewood neighborhood, and in another case, prosecuting a veteran gang crimes specialist and nearly two dozen of his criminal associates who ran a narcotics and extortion operation. He also briefed and argued several appeals before the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. As an AUSA, Mr. Lausch received two United States Department of Justice Director's Awards for Superior Performance.
In 2005, Mr. Lausch became a Deputy Chief, supervising several AUSAs on all matters, including investigations and prosecutions involving organized criminal street gangs, fraud schemes, and corrupt public officials. In that role, he oversaw the prosecution of hundreds of defendants, to include counseling AUSAs on trial strategy and reviewing and approving charging documents and plea agreements. Mr. Lausch also served as the office's Violent Crime Coordinator, leading the District's Anti-Gang and Project Safe Neighborhoods programs. In that capacity, he coordinated the efforts of federal agencies, state and local police departments, and federal and state prosecutors to develop and implement strategies to investigate and prosecute organized criminal street gangs; he also worked with police commanders, corrections officials, and community groups to implement youth prevention and offender reentry programs in violent neighborhoods in the Chicago area.
Mr. Lausch has also taught trial advocacy to AUSAs from around the country at the Department of Justice's National Advocacy Center, he coached a trial team at the John Marshall Law School, and he has instructed prosecutors, federal agents, and police officers in classes and seminars involving the investigation and prosecution of federal criminal offenses.
Prior to his work at the United States Attorney's Office in Chicago, Mr. Lausch was a litigation associate at Kirkland in Chicago, and a law clerk for the Honorable Michael S. Kanne of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.