John H. Stassen

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John H. Stassen
Occupation Senior Partner (Retired)
Employer Kirkland & Ellis

John H. Stassen[1] , now retired from Kirkland & Ellis in Chicago, was a senior partner for the firm for many years, specializing in derivatives law.


John H. Stassen was a partner in Kirkland's Chicago office with a practice concentrated on the representation of the financial services industry. John was principal outside counsel to trading organizations and several major futures exchanges, guiding the CBOT through the challenges posed by the Hunt silver crisis and the Ferruzzi soybean crisis, to name a few.[2] For these and other financial services clients (including major brokerage firms), he handled business and regulatory counseling, major litigation under the Commodity Exchange Act and federal securities laws, and legislative negotiations and advocacy.

Stassen played an instrumental role in the development and registration of the National Futures Association and is a past chairman of the derivatives law committees of the Chicago Bar Association and American Bar Association.

Stassen was selected as one of America's Leading Business Lawyers in Banking & Finance by Chambers USA 2004-2005.

In 2006, he was inducted into the Futures Industry Association Futures Hall of Fame.


Stassen received his undergraduate degree from Northwestern University in 1965 and his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1968.


  1. "Kirkland and Ellis bios”. Kirkland & Ellis.
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