JOHN P. SCANLON, a partner at Healy Scanlon Law Firm, will be installed as the 64th President of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association on Friday, June 9, 2017, at its annual convention at the Westin Hotel in Chicago.
Scanlon, 55, received his bachelor’s degree from Benedictine University where he received departmental honors from the Department of Business and Economics. After his undergraduate studies, he worked as a financial auditor for American Stores. He later continued his studies at the DePaul College of Law where he served on the DePaul Law Review. Because of his accounting and financial background, Scanlon intended to continue his business training by specializing in corporate law.
However, in what can only be described as a chance encounter of good fortune, as a summer law clerk Scanlon had the opportunity to watch Martin Healy on trial during a very difficult case against the Chicago Transit Authority. From that moment on, his career plans changed. For over twenty-five years Scanlon has practiced law with Martin Healy. Early on, he handled the firm’s workers’ compensation practice. For the past fifteen years, Scanlon has concentrated his practice on cases involving medical negligence, product liability, nursing home abuse and interstate trucking.
During the past two decades, Scanlon has been an active member of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association. He has served on the Board of Managers, the Executive Committee and as a past Chair of the Product Liability Committee. Scanlon serves on the Illinois Supreme Court Jury Instruction Committee and is currently the Vice Chair. In the past, Scanlon has served as the Chair of the Illinois State Bar Association’s Tort Law Section and also served on the American Association for Justice’s Motorcycle Litigation Group.
Throughout his career, Scanlon has represented individuals who have been injured or killed by dangerous products, unsafe work environments or by negligent professionals. The National Law Journal awarded Scanlon its Verdict of the Week for his work on a trial against an international motorcycle manufacturer that distributed motorcycles with a dangerous defect.
When asked why he chose this area of law Scanlon stated, “As a young law clerk I was drawn by the camaraderie and excitement that comes with working on a team preparing a case for trial. It reminded me of participating in sports with good friends while in school. However, I soon realized that the camaraderie and excitement demanded a price in return. Any of us who choose to help people who have been harmed or injured must have the courage, compassion and commitment to take on powerful opponents with significant resources.”
Scanlon continued, “As President of the Illinois Trial Lawyers, I will do everything possible to help our members in pursuit of justice for their clients.”
Scanlon and his wife, Maureen, live in Downers Grove with their five children: Clare, Jack, Mike, Joe and Maddie. Maureen has her master’s degree and is a certified high school and junior high school math teacher. When not spending time on the practice of law, Scanlon escapes to Egg Harbor, Wisconsin with his family where he spends as many hours as possible with his black lab out on the waters of Lake Michigan and Green Bay.