John F. Zabriskie, partner and litigation lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP, has more than 30 years’ experience litigating trade secrets, freedom of information act, health care, and complex commercial matters.
He has tried cases — to juries, the bench, and arbitrators — in federal courts, state courts, and arbitration — hearings around the country. He has been identified by The Legal 500 US as a leading trade secrets lawyer.
Mr. Zabriskie counsels clients on trade secret protection and represents clients in contested proceedings to protect their trade secrets. He frequently assists clients whose trade secrets and confidential information is the subject of a public disclosure request under freedom of information laws. Representative matters include:
- Represented major software company in a case involving alleged misappropriation of trade secrets and copyright infringement of source code; obtained injunction prohibiting further development or sale of competitor’s product
- Represented health care company in obtaining opinion from a state supreme court that key information in the client’s state contract was exempt under the state’s public information act
- Successfully represented health care company—frequently on an emergency basis—in numerous FOIA and “reverse-FOIA” cases, obtaining rulings that commercially sensitive information in government contract was exempt from disclosure
- Counsel companies on protecting from public disclosure information in public contracts or subject to compulsory reporting
Mr. Zabriskie received his law and undergraduate degrees from the University of Michigan (J.D., cum laude, 1984; B.A., high honors, 1981).
Admissions and Professional Memberships :
Mr. Zabriskie is admitted to the bar in Illinois, and is admitted to practice before (and is a member of the trial bar of) the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and the U.S. Courts of Appeal for the Seventh Circuits.
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