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John F. Rhoades Member

Areas of Practice


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


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

University of Michigan, A.B.

  • with high distinction
  • Phi Beta Kappa 


John F. Rhoades' practice focuses on financial services and commercial litigation. He is a member of the firm’s commercial litigation practice group and financial industry group.

Mr. Rhoades regularly represents some of the nation's largest financial institutions in matters concerning mortgage banking and consumer lending. He has represented banks, mortgage servicers, title insurance companies, private investment funds, and other public and private companies in contested foreclosures, loan enforcement actions, bankruptcy proceedings, fraudulent transfer cases, post-judgment proceedings, consumer financial services matters, and other disputes in state and federal courts in Michigan, Illinois, and Wisconsin. Mr. Rhoades’s commercial litigation experience includes matters involving breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, fraudulent misrepresentation, negligence, tortious interference, unfair competition, premises liability, and product liability. Mr. Rhoades has also represented secured creditors, unsecured creditors, and trustees in bankruptcy proceedings and creditors’ rights matters and has obtained successful outcomes for clients at trial, on appeal, and through motion practice, arbitration, and mediation.

Mr. Rhoades graduated from the University of Michigan Law School, where he was a Contributing Editor on the Michigan Journal of Law Reform and a Campbell Moot Court participant. During law school, Mr. Rhoades interned for the Honorable Walter Shapero, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Michigan. He completed his undergraduate studies with honors from the University of Michigan in 2007.

Memberships & Involvement

  • Federal Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Wisconsin Bar Association
  • Mortgage Bankers Association
  • Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, Emerging Leaders Group
  • University of Michigan Club of Greater Chicago
  • Chairman, Dykema Associates’ Committee, Metro Division

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