John M. Riccione is a business trial lawyer at Aronberg Goldgehn and one of the firm’s two Co-Managing Members. Throughout his legal career, he has earned the respect of his clients, colleagues, jurists and opponents by exemplifying the honorable practice of law with the utmost integrity, tenacity and honesty in his interpersonal relationships. In 1992, following Hurricane Andrew, he joined the firm after practicing first in South Florida. In 1998, he was invited to become an equity partner in the firm and at the end of 2008, elected Co-Managing Member.

Mr. Riccione analyzes, litigates, tries and negotiates a wide array of business disputes, from commercial contracts to construction and real estate to employment and trade secret disputes. He enjoys the analysis and use of the law and the legal and adversarial process to solve problems. John especially appreciates the human aspect of the practice of law.

Mr. Riccione frequently lectures on a number of topics, including alternative fee arrangements, sales commission protection acts and contract law, to various audiences, including trade and bar associations such as the Association of Corporate Counsel, and client groups. He is often seen on television business news shows remarking on current legal topics and giving practical legal guidance.

John grew up in Buffalo, New York and started playing hockey at age seven. He resumed playing hockey again later in life and still skates at least twice per week. John also enjoys road bike racing and has participated in several short distance runs and as a relay member in the Chicago Triathlon. These activities allow him to enjoy his other hobby, eating.


  • "John helped me understand how construction law works when it comes down to getting what is ours and when to step away. We worked on numerous cases together settling the outstanding issues to get the best value for my company. Very professional and a great job done." -Dave Black, a senior project manager at Tetra Tech EC, Inc. 

  • “Their approach was so efficient and straightforward and did not include unnecessary discovery with no stone left unturned. They pursued only what was absolutely necessary for a victory and delivered precisely that. What more can a client ask for?” -Bank Client remarking on the firm's handling of a difficult case in which it successfully obtained summary judgment in the Bank’s favor, which was affirmed on appeal. The case had a very complex and convoluted factual history and John, working with only one junior associate, was able to sift through that history, obtain the evidence the Bank needed with laser precision, and obtain a victory for the Bank short of a trial – on summary judgment.


  • Prevailing on summary judgment, which was affirmed on appeal, in complex creditor’s rights battle

  • Succeeding in resolving trade secret theft case after perpetrators took files and resigned en masse to start a competing company

  • Obtaining a complete solution in defective product case involving tubing used in the refrigeration industry

  • Strategically forcing manufacturer to pay earned post-termination commissions to sales organization

  • Defending Proposition 65 actions relating to allegedly violative products in California

  • Negotiating multi-year collective bargaining agreement with labor union on behalf of eight contractors in the metal polishing and re-finishing business

  • Successfully trying a case for defective goods against a label manufacturer brought by an advertisement corporation

  • Maintaining a perfect record of obtaining agency dismissals of discrimination charges on behalf of a temporary labor service company

  • Negotiating the resolution of litigation on behalf of a stainless steel pool contractor with the owner of the sixth largest building in the world

  • Using an alternative fee arrangement to better align the interests of the firm and its client, a public company, to deliver a favorable result after initiating litigation on behalf of the client against a national consulting firm over an enterprise resource planning system

  • Obtaining successful resolution of Fair Labor Standards and wage and hour claims on behalf of a commercial janitorial company in North Carolina

  • Obtaining judgment in arbitration in Ohio against cooperative on supply agreements on behalf of public company

  • Successfully resisting an injunction in Texas at trial on behalf of an independent sales organization against a manufacturer of orthopedic devices

  • Attaining a speedy and successful conclusion to dispute arising out of a factory's intrastate move in Tennessee

Syracuse University, Juris Doctorate, 1989

Canisius College of Buffalo, B.A., 1986


  • Florida, 1989
  • Illinois, 1992
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida


  • American Bar Association
  • Manufacturer's Agents National Association
  • MP Roundtable


  • BTI Client Service Allstar
  • Illinois Super Lawyer (Since 2005)
  • Illinois Leading Lawyer (Since 2009)
  • Who's Who of American Professionals


  • Mealey's Litigation Report - Whistleblower Protection Extended to Outside Contractors, April 2014
  • Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) Seminar, “Drafting, Negotiating and Litigating Warranties In Contracts For The Sale Of Goods: Considerations Under The UCC Article 2”, August 2013
  • WEBINAR: Dress to Impress: Practical Tips to Obtain Traditional Bank Financing, October 2012
  • Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) Seminar, “Arbitration v. Litigation, A True Hobson's Choice”, July 2012
  • Austin School Career Day Presenter, November 2011
  • Ark Group/Managing Partner Magazine’s national forum, “Alternative Fee Arrangements – Where Do We Stand Today?”, June 2010
  • Claims Association of Greater Chicago's Spring Seminar, “Operating in Financial Hard Times – Controlling Costs in Claims”, April 2010
  • Ark Group/Managing Partner Magazine’s national forum, “Alternative Fee Arrangements – From Theory to Practice”, March 2010
  • WEBINAR: Using Alternative Billing to Predict & Control Your Legal Spend, October 2009
  • Manufacturers Agents National Association (MANA) Attorney Forum, January 2009


  • Long Range Planning Committee member, Aronberg Goldgehn (2002-2008)
  • Billing Committee member, Aronberg Goldgehn (2002-2008)
  • Co-Managing Member, Aronberg Goldgehn (2008-Present)


  • Chicago Scholars (Mentor)


What is your favorite thing about working at Aronberg Goldgehn? Its people and culture of mutual respect.
What is one item on your bucket list? To go ice climbing in Yosemite, then Valdez, Alaska.
What would you be doing if you weren’t a lawyer? If I were not a lawyer, I would be a teacher.
What is your favorite place in Chicago? My back porch in the fall with friends and a good wine.
What is the best vacation you’ve ever been on? With kids, our trip to the national parks, Zion, Bryce and the Grand Canyon; without kids, Florence and Cortona, Italy
What is your favorite restaurant? This is a tough one because it often changes and there are so many.  Today, I would say Piccolo Sogno on the patio, 90 Miles to Cuba Café and Bavette’s.
What is something most people don’t know about you? Sometimes, I enjoy doing nothing.