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John N. Maher

John N. Maher served as the Senior Executive Service (SES) General Counsel by appointment during the Presidential Administration of George W. Bush for the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) in Washington DC. In this position, he was the Designated Agency Ethics Official. Previously, he was a litigation partner with the international law firm of Duane Morris, LLP, and a litigation associate with the law firm of Mayer Brown, LLP (both in Chicago, Illinois).

Mr. Maher began his legal career in 1996 as a prosecutor with the 1st Infantry Division in Germany, served as legal advisor to the First Battalion, Twenty-Sixth Infantry during a peacekeeping mission to prevent the spread of ethnic cleansing near Skopje in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, and completed active duty with service as defense counsel before the US Army Court of Criminal Appeals in Arlington, Virginia, and the US Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces in Washington, DC.

After active duty, Mr. Maher became a civilian trial attorney for the United States Department of Justice in Washington, DC, where he defended executive agencies of the federal government in government contract issues. Other government service includes positions with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), with the Office of the Judge Advocate General, Professional Responsibility Branch (Ethics), and as Chief of Contracts and Fiscal Law in Kabul for US Forces-Afghanistan (USFOR-A).

In a civilian capacity, Mr. Maher returned to Afghanistan to serve as the Program Manager implementing a federal contract at the Justice Center in Parwan, Afghanistan, training and mentoring Afghan attorneys trying insurgents, the Taliban, and IED cells at an Afghan National Security Court.

Mr. Maher has a BS, JD, MBA, LLM, and Masters of Strategic Studies from the US Army War College. After a mid-career MBA, he started a small business, Maher Funeral Home, a law firm, Maher Legal Services P.C., and a consulting firm, Misbah Maher Consultancy LLC, each in Chicago. His cases involve military court-martial appeals, defending police officers, defending federal and state employees in disciplinary matters, estate planning, and US government contracts.

A Lieutenant Colonel in the US Army Reserve, Mr. Maher serves on the Board of Directors of a nonprofit that defends military personnel accused of crime in combat, United American Patriots, on the adjunct faculty of his former MBA program, and with The John Marshall Law School in Chicago.

Representative Experience

  • Prosecuted over 40 felony trials before judges and juries to include homicide, rape, murder, assaults, and narcotics offenses.
  • Defended over 50 military personnel during clemency and appeal before military and civilian courts.
  • Successfully represented executive branches of the federal government in procurement/contract lawsuits – to include the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, the US Agency for International Development, and the General Services Administration.
  • Defended the US Department of Commerce and the US Department of Labor in tariff and trade cases.
  • On behalf of the company who won the contract, defeated a competitor’s challenge to the multi-million dollar government award before the Government Accountability Office.
  • Part of the team of attorneys who successfully defeated an international telecommunications firm in a large contract dispute involving cell towers.
  • Led the team which deposed two dozen confidential witnesses in a securities fraud lawsuit against a California computer manufacturer.
  • Senior Executive Service (SES) appointment to serve as the General Counsel for the US Office of Personnel Management.

Military & Government Legal Experience

  • Criminal Prosecutor, U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps, 1997 – 2000
  • Appellate Defense Counsel, U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps, 2000 – 2001; 2003
  • Litigation Attorney, U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, D.C., 2001 – 2004
  • General Counsel, U.S. Office of Personnel Management, Washington, D.C., 2008 – 2009
  • Chief, Contracts and Fiscal Law, U.S. Forces – Afghanistan 2009 – 2010
  • Deputy General Counsel, Defense Intelligence Agency, 2011 – 2012
  • Program Manager, Justice Center in Parwan, Afghanistan, 2012 – 2013
  • Deputy Staff Judge Advocate, 416th Theater Engineers, 2007 – 2008
  • Special Assistant, Clerk of US Army Court of Criminal Appeals, 2008 – 2009
  • Ethics Attorney, Office of The Judge Advocate General, Pentagon
  • Deputy Commander, 8th Legal Operations Detachment, 2012 – 2013
  • Present Rank, Lieutenant Colonel, USAR

Private Practice Experience

  • Litigation Attorney, Mayer Brown, Chicago, Illinois, 2004 – 2007
  • Litigation Partner, Duane Morris, Chicago, Illinois 2008 – 2010
  • Litigation Partner, Maher Legal Services, P.C., Chicago, Illinois, 2014 – Present


  • JD, NIU College of Law
  • LLM, DePaul University College of Law
  • MBA, NIU College of Business
  • Master of Strategic Studies, US Army War College
  • BS, Bradley University


  • “The Corporate Profit Motive & Questionable Public Relations Practices During The Lead-Up To The Affordable Care Act”
    J.L. & Health, Vol. 25, Issue 1, 1-39 (2012)
  • “Benefits of the Dep’t of Homeland Security’s Safety Act”
    Security Technology Executive, (Nov. 2009)
  • “Closing the Willful Infringement Floodgates: The Effects of In re Seagate Both Inside and Outside the Generic Pharmaceutical Litigation Arena”
    18 DePaul J. Art Tech. & Intell. Prop. L. 255 (2008)
  • “Employer’s Obligations Under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act”
    Illinois State Bar Association, Labor & Employment Newsletter, Vol. 44, No. 5 (2007)
  • “The Federal False Claims Act: A Look At Qui Tam Actions Aimed At The Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Industry”
    Illinois State Bar Association, The Health Care Lawyer, Vol. 24, (2007)
  • “Value Engineering Change Proposals: Who, What, Why, When, Where, & How”
    The Government Contractor, Vol. 21, Issue 10 (2007)

Speaking Engagements

  • “Executive Ethical Decision-Making”
    Wyoming Military Department Leadership Conference, Cheyenne, Wyoming, October 21, 2017
  • Speaker, “Implementing the Rule of Law in Afghanistan”
    University of Notre Dame Law School, South Bend, Indiana, April 17, 2014
  • Speaker, “Contract & Fiscal Law While Deployed”
    Office of The Judge Advocate General, Army Pentagon, Brigade Judge Advocate Mission Primer (September, 2011)
  • Panelist with Major General Butch Tate, “The Army JAG Corps & Current Operations”
    The John Marshall Law School Veteran’s Advocacy Clinic, Chicago, (March, 2011)
  • Speaker, “Fiscal Law in Afghanistan”
    Ministry of the Interior, Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Kabul, Afghanistan (2009)
  • Speaker, “The Safety Act”
    Risk Insurance Management Society, Dallas, Texas, (2009)
  • Speaker, “Executive Branch Constitutional Authority”
    The United States Military Academy at West Point, (2008)
  • “E-Discovery Ramifications of the Qualcomm Case”
    Chicago, Webinar, (2008)

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