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Published by Jake Leahy

About Me

About Jake A. Leahy

With an eclectic array of public and private sector experiences, Jake brings a unique skillset that serves any organization, company, or group. With experience as an elected official and as a small business owner, he knows what it takes to find creative solutions to pressing problems. A prolific writer, Jake regularly publishes his own blog; has had dozens of articles published, including many by bar association publications including from the Illinois State Bar Association, Lake County Bar Association, and Chicago Bar Association; and has been quoted in local and national media outlets on current events, government, and history.

He has been 37 states, is an avid Wrigley Field fan, and is currently teaching himself the acoustic guitar.

Government, Civic, & Pro Bono Experience

Bannockburn School District 106 Board of Education, Member

Bannockburn School District 106 Board of Education, Vice President

University of Illinois Chicago, Educational Policy Committee, Member

Office of the State’s Attorney Appellate Prosecutor, Extern

North Suburban Legal Aid Clinic, Volunteer

Greater River North Business Association, Consultant

Memberships & Affiliations

Illinois State Bar Association, Member

American Bar Association, Section on Taxation, Closely Held Businesses Committee, Tax Policy & Simplification Committee, Member

Seventh Circuit Bar Association, Member

Lake County Bar Association, Member

Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Member


University of Illinois Chicago School of Law, J.D. Candidate

  • Edward T. Lee Scholar
  • Moot Court Honors Council
  • Trial Advocacy & Dispute Resolution Honors Council
  • 31st Annual Duberstein Bankruptcy Moot Court Competition
  • MLK National Civil Rights Competition

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, B.A.

  • Order of Omega
  • Illinois Student Government, Associate Justice
  • Phi Kappa Psi, External Vice President

Legal Publications

A Review of Camelot Banquet Rooms, Inc. v. United States Small Business Administration, Upholding Content Based Discrimination in Certain Federal Funding Contexts, ILLINOIS STATE BAR ASSOCIATION TAX TRENDS, expected January 2022.

Not Just for Trucks: McQueen Likely to Reshape Respondeat Superior Liability for Employers Across Illinois, LAKE COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION THE DOCKET, November 2022.

Voyager to Chart the Course in Crypto Bankruptcy, CHICAGO BAR ASSOCIATION @THEBAR, August 2022.

Employers Beware: Recent Changes to Illinois Law Creates Major Roadblocks for Noncompete Agreements, McHENRY CO. BAR ASSOCATION OF NOTE, February 2022.

Click here to read my first post on the Blog, which explains a bit about why this exists and some of the goals in writing.

NOTE: I am not an attorney, the contents of this page are ONLY FOR EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES. Views are my own and do not reflect those of any organizations, people, companies, etc. that I am affiliated with.