John N. Maher

Title: Adjunct Professor
Education: B.S., Bradley University
J.D., Northern Illinois University
LL.M., DePaul University
M.B.A., Northern Illinois University
M.S.S., U.S. Army War College

Mr. Maher’s most recent adjunct teaching experience is with the NIU College of Business as a member of the adjunct faculty providing business law instruction to MBA students in Naperville and Hoffman Estates, Illinois, a position he has held since 2014.

Previously, he taught on the adjunct faculty at the John Marshall Law School in Chicago between 2008 – 2012. For ten years prior to that, he served as an Assistant Professor with EmbryRiddle Aeronautical University, both in the traditional classroom in Germany and Maryland, as well as having created and monitored a administrative law course as part of the Department of Distance Learning.

Admitted to practice in Illinois in 1996 and in the District of Columbia in 2004, Mr. Maher started his legal career as an active duty U.S. Army Judge Advocate with the First Infantry Division in Germany, deployed to the Balkans as part of a United Nations peacekeeping mission to stop the spread of ethnic cleansing. He concluded active duty on September 6, 2001, after service as an appellate defense counsel in Arlington, Virginia.

Having joined the Justice Department as a commercial litigation attorney defending executive agencies and departments of the Federal government in contract disputes in Federal courts in Washington DC, he remained in the US Army Reserve. He mobilized to Afghanistan to serve with US-Forces Afghanistan in Kabul as the Chief of Contracts and Fiscal Law and to the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) in Washington DC where he was the Deputy General Counsel for Acquisition. Today, he is a Lieutenant Colonel in the Individual Ready Reserve. 

Mr. Maher returned to Afghanistan as a civilian Program Manager responsible for leading the American and Afghan civilian attorneys and investigators who trained Afghan prosecutors, defense counsel, and investigators while prosecuting the Taliban and insurgent fighters at the Justice Center in Parwan, near Bagram Airbase.

In addition to service with the Justice Department in Washington DC, Mr. Maher was a litigation associate for Mayer Brown, LLP in Chicago, a partner with Duane Morris, LLP in Chicago, and served in the Administration of President George W. Bush as the Senior Executive Service (SES) General Counsel for the US Office of Personnel Management in Washington DC.

Mr. Maher has argued before the Government Accountability Office (GAO), the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB), the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the US Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, the US Army Court of Criminal Appeals, the Navy Marine Corps Court of Criminal Appeals, the US Court of International Trade, the US Court of Federal Claims, the Northern District of Illinois, the Southern District of New York, the District of Utah, the District of Oregon, the District of Kansas, the District of Arizona, and has appeals pending in the Seventh Circuit and Ninth Circuit.

After a mid-career MBA, Mr. Maher started the Maher Funeral Home, Misbah Maher Consultancy, and Maher Legal Services PC.


  • Habeas Corpus Review of Military Convictions in The Federal Judiciary: An Enduring Need to Protect Constitutional Liberties, 2 J.L. Pol’y & Mil. Aff. 1 (2019).
  • The Corporate Profit Motive & Questionable Public Relations Practices During the Lead-Up to The Affordable Care Act, 25 J.L. & Health 1 (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).


  • State Bar of Texas – Military and Veterans Law Section, “Biometrics and Federal Habeas Corpus,” Saledo, Texas, March 2019.
  • Quinism Foundation Annual Meeting, “Mefloquin in the Habeas Corpus Federal lawsuit, Bales v. Commandant, Burlington, Vermont, April 2019.
  • Wyoming National Guard Leadership Conference, “Ethical Issues Facing Senior Military and Civilian Leaders,” Cheyenne, Wyoming, October 21, 2017.
  • “Implementing the Rule of Law in Afghanistan,” University of Notre Dame Law School, South Bend, Indiana, April 17, 2014.
  • “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.
  • “Fiscal Law in Afghanistan,” Ministry of the Interior, Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Kabul, Afghanistan 2009.
  • “The Safety Act,” Risk Insurance Management Society, Dallas, Texas, 2009.
    "Executive Branch Constitutional Authority," The United States Military Academy at West Point, 2008.