Headshot Of John J. Timbo
  • Partner

Chicago, Illinois


John has been representing the interests of law enforcement since 1994, when he started as a law clerk with the Office of the Legal Advisor for the Boston Police Department. John is a 1996 graduate of Suffolk University School of Law in Boston, Massachusetts, after having been accepted as a third year visiting student by Chicago-Kent College of Law. After graduation, John worked with Russell Hartigan & Associates in Chicago where he engaged in municipal, civil rights, and insurance defense, having successfully tried several cases to verdict. After working with two other attorneys from Hartigan & Associates for a short time in a start up firm, John joined Jim Sotos in 2000. John has been a regular presenter on liability risk issues for the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police since 2009, and recently lectured on the topic of recent trends in qualified immunity at the Illinois Midwest Police and Security Expo held in Peoria, Illinois in August, 2011. John is also a 1993 graduate of DePaul University College of Commerce, where he earned a bachelor's degree in Economics.


Areas of Practice

  • Municipal Defense
  • Civil Rights Defense
  • Government Representation
  • Employment Discrimination Defense
  • Employee Internal Investigation

Litigation Percentage

  • 90% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois, 1996
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois, 1998
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Illinois, 2004
  • U.S. District Court Central District of Illinois, 2001


  • Suffolk University Law School, Boston, Massachusetts
    • J.D. - 1996
  • DePaul University , Chicago, Illinois
    • B.S. - 1993
    • Major: Business Economics


  • Legal Update Seminar , IL Association of Chiefs of Police, 2010 to 2011
  • Legal updates concerning liability issues, Department wide training, City of Naperville Police Department, 2010 to 2010
  • Presenter- Liability Risks, Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police , 2009 to Present
  • Lecturer- Qualified Immunity , Illinois Midwest Police and Security Expo, Peoria, IL, 2011 to 2011

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association

Past Employment Positions

  • Hervas, Sotos, Condon & Bersani, Litigation Associate , 2000 to 2005


  • Delta Sigma Pi


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The Sotos Law Firm, P.C.
Phone: 630-735-3300
Fax: 630-773-0980

Chicago Office:
141 W. Jackson Blvd. #1240A
Chicago, IL 60604

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