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John E. Juergensmeyer

Juergensmeyer & Associates, P.C., President2324683_1

Location:Elgin, Illinois



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John E. Juergensmeyer has served as Chairman of the Illinois and Chicago Bar Association Local Government Law Committees, and has written and lectured extensively for numerous professional associations. He has served as Assistant Attorney General for the State of Illinois, and as both Assistant State’s Attorney and Assistant Public Defender for Kane County. John was appointed to the National Commission on Libraries and Information Sciences by President Reagan. Dr. Juergensmeyer has been Professor of Constitutional Law and Political Science at Judson College, Elgin, Illinois, and has served on the teaching faculty of the University of Illinois, Northern Illinois University, and the University of Hawaii, and has written numerous monographs and articles for legal and professional periodicals.

In addition to the Bar Associations of Kane County, Cook County, Illinois and American, John is very active in local political and civic organizations, including service as a leader of local Rotary, Jaycee, Boy Scouts, Salvation Army, United Methodist Church, Judson College, The Life Center, and many other groups. He has been involved in “Refusenik” and conservation activities and has been on Boards of two local banks, and has many active business and real estate interests, including subdivision development. John served with the United States Air Force Intelligence Service in Japan and elsewhere in the Far East, leaving as a Reserve Captain.

Dr. Elizabeth Juergensmeyer, his wife, is Professor of Developmental Biology and Chairman of the Science-Math Division at Judson College, where she has served as Faculty Moderator. Both Betty and John are United Methodist Lay Speakers. Their daughter, Margaret Ann (with her husband Brian Juergensmeyer) is active in space biology, and Frances Elizabeth, in library and computer sciences. Betty and Margie have had experiments on several space shuttle and MIR satellite flights, and are doing other NASA research.

Areas of Practice

  • State, Local & Municipal Law
  • Litigation & Appeals
  • Family Law
  • Business & Commercial Law
  • Estate Planning
  • Real Estate Law
  • Bankruptcy
  • Juvenile Law
  • Criminal Law

Litigation Percentage

  • 55% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois, 1963
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit, 1964
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois, 1964
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1968
  • U.S. Tax Court, 1970
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims, 1975
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Illinois, 1964


  • University of Illinois College of Law, Champaign, Illinois
    • J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence – 1963
  • Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey
    • Ph.D., Doctor of Philosophy, Politics – 1960
    • Honors: University Fellows
  • Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey
    • M.A., Master of Arts, Politics – 1957
    • Honors: Merrill Foundation Fellows
  • University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois
    • B.A., Bachelor of Arts magna cum laude – 1955
    • Honors: Phi Beta Kappa

Published Works

  • Access to Information: The Dream and the Reality 36(6) Journal of the American Society for Information Science 383, 1985
  • Common Problems of Special Districts Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 1982
  • Special Taxing Districts: Coming or Going? 11 University of Richmond Law Review 87, 1976
  • “Illinois Library Laws, ” Secretary of State, State of Illinois (Editor), 1982
  • “Future Development of Special Districts,” Special Districts and other Non-Municipal Local Governments in Illinois, R. Marlin Smith and Clifford L. Weaver, Editors, Springfield, Illinois, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 1977
  • “The Generation Gap,” Law and Order, 1969
  • “Practical Considerations in Applying Jeffersonian Democracy to Non-European Cultures,” a paper presented to the Chicago Area Conference for the study of Political Thought, Loyola University, 1979
  • “The President, The Foundations, and the People-to-People Program”, Bobbs-Merrill, 1965
  • “The Campaign for the 1954 Reapportionment Amendment”, University of Illinois Institute of Government, 1956
  • “Democracy’s Diplomacy, the People-to-People Program” PhD.D. Dissertion, Princeton University, 1960

Representative Cases

Representative Clients

  • Elgin Broadcasting Company, Incorporated
  • Fox Valley Broadcasting Company, Inc.
  • Big Broadcasting Co.
  • Las Vegas Radio Co.
  • Schaumburg Township District Library
  • St. Charles Public Library
  • Algonquin Area Public Library
  • American Scientific Affiliation
  • Numerous Corporate Clients


  • WRMN Radio, Elgin, Illinois
  • First Community Bank of Elgin
  • First American Bank of Dundee
  • Bank of America of Elgin
  • PNC Bank


  • Professor of Constitutional Law and Political Science, Judson College, Elgin, Il, 1963 – Present
  • “U.S. Libraries and Computer Technology,” address to the Sino-American Conference on Library and Information Technology, 1987
  • Seminar on Law in the Soviet Union, Moscow and Lenningrad, USSR, 1979
  • Panel Speaker, American Political Science Association, Convention, 1960
  • Lecturer and Consultant on Juvenile Law, Illinois State Youth Commission, 1964 – 1968
  • Lecturer on Municipal Law, Real Estate Law and Law Practice, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 1964 – 1968
  • Lecturer on Antitrust Law, Northern Illinois University, 1986
  • Lecturer in Political Science, University of Hawaii, 1958 – 1960
  • Lecturer in Political Science, University of Illinois, 1960 – 1963

Honors and Awards

  • Certificate of Recognition, Illinois Youth Commission, 1967
  • Military Commendation Letters and Outstanding Unit Award
  • Merrill Foundation and University Fellow, Princeton
  • Certificate of Merit, Heart Fund, 1971

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Judson College, Elgin, Illinois, Associate Professor of Political Science and Const. Law, 1963 – Present
  • University of Hawaii, Lecturer in Political Science, 1957 – 1960
  • University of Illinois, Urbana, Lecturer in Political Science, 1960 – 1963
  • Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Lecturer in Political Science, 1964 – 1970
  • Valley Bank and Trust Co. Advisory Board, Elgin, Illinois, 1984 – 1988
  • Elgin Rotary, 1967 – Present
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Kane County Bar Association
  • Northwest Suburban Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Elgin Bar Association
  • National Bar Association
  • American Political Science Association
  • Elgin Salvation Army
  • Elgin National Bank Director, 1979 – 1982

Pro Bono Activities

  • Former Legal Aid Chairman, North Kane County
  • Former Assistant Public Defender, Kane County
  • Numerous civic groups and individuals


  • Alpha Kappa Lambda
  • Phi Alpha Delta
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