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John F. Rhoades Member

Areas of Practice

Industries

Bar Admissions

  • Michigan
  • Illinois
  • Wisconsin

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit

Education

University of Michigan Law School, J.D., cum laude

University of Michigan, A.B.

  • with high distinction
  • Phi Beta Kappa 

Language

John F. Rhoades is a Member in Dykema’s litigation group. He handles commercial disputes for businesses and individuals, as well as some of the nation’s largest companies in the automotive and financial services industries. He practices and regularly appears in state and federal courts in Michigan, Illinois, and Wisconsin.

Mr. Rhoades has worked out of Dykema’s Detroit and Chicago offices for over 10 years, litigating cases to successful conclusion through trial, arbitration, mediation and appeal and assisting and advising clients in connection with internal investigations and employment-related matters. He has represented closely-held businesses and individuals in contract and shareholder disputes, automotive suppliers and manufacturers in cases involving breach of contract, supplier and dealer disputes, business torts, and premises liability, as well as banks, mortgage servicers, trustees, and other creditors in loan enforcement actions, fraudulent transfer cases, and post-judgment proceedings.

$2.4 million arbitration award issued February 2, 2021, granting claims for breach of contract, declaratory relief, and breach of the covenant of good faith and fair dealing and dismissing counterclaims seeking over $25 million for breach of contract in matter involving distribution of sale proceeds in connection with an asset sale.

Weber Auto. Corp. v. Metaldyne LLC, No. 347157, 2020 Mich. App. LEXIS 2991 (Ct. App. Apr. 23, 2020): Affirming dismissal of claims for breach of contract, injunctive relief, and business defamation in pricing dispute between automobile parts manufacturers; summary disposition in defendant’s favor granted in Weber Auto. Corp. v. Metaldyne LLC, (Oakland Circuit Court No. 2018-168872-CB, Dec. 19, 2018).

Skyline Consultants LLC et al. v Sig Brothers Too, LLC et al. (Wayne County Circuit Court Case No. 19-007440-CB, July 20, 2020): Dismissal with prejudice of breach of contract and fraudulent misrepresentation claims related to a restaurant operations agreement and commercial lease.

Gaines v. JP Morgan Chase Bank NA, No. 17-CV-1109, 2020 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 5857 (E.D. Wis. Jan. 14, 2020): Dismissal of plaintiffs’ claims for breach of contract related to refinancing of mortgage.

Ray v. Citimortgage, Inc., No. 19 C 5484, 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 214812, at *5 (N.D. Ill. Dec. 13, 2019): Dismissal with prejudice of plaintiff’s claims for breach of contract and violation of the Fair Credit Reporting Act, 15 U.S.C. § 1681, et seq.

Thomsen v. JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., No. 16-C-0259, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 6902, at *5 (E.D. Wis. Jan. 18, 2017): Dismissal of claims asserting violations under the Truth in Lending Act, 15 U.S.C. §  1601 et seq.

RREF II BHB-IL MPP, LLC v. Edrei et al., 2016 IL App (1st) 151793: Affirming summary judgment on behalf of investment management company on claims for foreclosure of commercial mortgage, breach of $4,425,000 note, and breach of commercial guaranties. Affirming dismissal of defendant’s counterclaims for fraud, violation of the Illinois Consumer Fraud Act, and breach of the covenant of good faith and fair dealing. Entry of $3.2 million judgment in Cook County Circuit Court Case No. 2013 CH 27556.  

 ICD Publ'ns, Inc. v. Gittlitz, 2014 IL App (1st) 133277, ¶ 1, 388 Ill. Dec. 618, 24 N.E.3d 898: Affirming $9,791,840 damages award and judgment entered in favor of plaintiff after bench trial on claims of breach of fiduciary duty and fraud. Judgment entered in favor of plaintiff after bench trial in ICD Publications, Inc. v. Gittlitz, Nos. 07 L 06836, 08 CH 40858 (Circuit Court of Cook County, September 27, 2013).

Vuljaj v. Chase Home Fin., No. 12-13932, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 140032 (E.D. Mich. Sep. 30, 2013): Dismissal of claims for quiet title, wrongful foreclosure, preliminary injunction and declaratory relief.

Shamoun v. Fannie Mae, No. 12-15608, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 71392, at *28 (E.D. Mich. May 21, 2013): Dismissal with prejudice of plaintiff’s claims seeking damages and various forms of declaratory relief to remedy purported violations of Michigan's foreclosure by advertisement statute and the related loan modification statute

Wiggins v. Argent Mortg. Co., LLC, 945 F. Supp. 2d 817 (E.D. Mich. May 14, 2013): Dismissal with prejudice of plaintiff’s claims for fraud and injunctive relief relating to the assignment of a mortgage.

Vittands v. Bank of Am., NA, No. 11-cv-15241, 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 67651, at *14 (E.D. Mich. May 15, 2012): Dismissal with prejudice of plaintiff’s claims for breach of contract, ratification, and estoppel related to an alleged loan modification.

Memberships & Involvement

  • Detroit Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Wisconsin Bar Association
  • Mortgage Bankers Association
  • University of Michigan Club of Greater Chicago
  • Former Chairman, Dykema Associates’ Committee

Community/Civic Activities

  • Team Dykema Captain, J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge®, 2018
  • Team Dykema Captain, Race Judicata® for Chicago Volunteer Legal Services Foundation, 2014-18
  • Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and Inclusion, Housing Project Partnership Mock Trial, 2009
  • Michigan Protection and Advocacy Service, 2009
  • University of Detroit Jesuit High School and Academy, Alumni Volunteer Corps, 2008
  • Captain, Dykema Chicago Office 16-inch Softball Team

Named to the 2021 Best Lawyers "Ones to Watch" list for Commercial Litigation

Recognized in Illinois Super Lawyers® as a Rising Star for Business Litigation, 2014-Present

Recognized in Michigan Super Lawyers® as a Rising Star for Business/Corporate and General Litigation, 2013