John Borkowski

Husch Blackwell LLP

$ $$$

South Riverside Plaza 120
Chicago 60606 IL US

Coming from a family of teachers, John W. Borkowski knows that educators are dedicated to serving students and society. His lifelong passion for education underlies the insightful counsel he provides to colleges, universities and school districts.

For three decades, John has protected clients from risks and conflict and helped them make sound decisions to advance their mission. He responds quickly, and identifies and synthesizes core issues. His strong relationships with federal regulators and civil rights groups also benefit clients.

John has a deep grasp of the practical, legal and policy issues facing not only schools and colleges but also other nonprofits and businesses in the education sector. John helps clients navigate the complexities of federal and state constitutions, statutes and regulations.

His experience covers a wide range of civil rights and educational funding issues, including Title VI, Title VII, Title IX, the Americans with Disabilities Act, voting rights, affirmative action and diversity.

John also provides a powerful voice in defense of education clients.  A seasoned trial and appellate lawyer, he has argued appeals in the U.S. Supreme Court and in the Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth, Ninth and Eleventh Circuits.

He has handled numerous agency investigations, including compliance reviews by and complaints to the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights. He has defended various major class actions and litigated cases both in cooperation with and against the U.S. Department of Justice.

Education :

  • J.D., Northwestern University School of Law
  • B.A., University of Notre Dame

Admissions :

  • Illinois
  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit, Sixth Circuit, Seventh Circuit, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Professional Associations and Memberships :

  • Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Board of Directors
  • American Bar Association
  • Education Law Association
  • llinois Council of School Attorneys
  • National Association of College and University Attorneys


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