Title: General Counsel
Company: Housing Authority of Cook County
Location: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Jon Allan Duncan, General Counsel at the Housing Authority of Cook County, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Lawyers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in civil litigation and housing authority law.
Mr. Duncan started his career in journalism with the intention of making a difference. As he began to cover more legal cases in his work, his own personal interest in law was piqued and he decided to return to school and pursue the field academically. He first earned a Bachelor of Arts in political science from DePauw University in 1970, and later received a JD from the institution in 1980. He spent the next two years as an editor for International Investments before joining as an associate of Rieck & Crotty, Professional Corporation. From 1984 to 1989, Mr. Duncan handled cases with Mass, Miller & Josephson, Ltd. as an associate. He continued his work at Chuhak & Tecson, Professional Corporation and at a private practice before joining as partner at Cichocki & Armstrong, Ltd. Mr. Duncan utilized his skills and experience in this venture until 2006, then serving as partner at Michael D. Poulis until 2011. Since 2011, he has been making a difference in the lives of others as general counsel for the Housing Authority of Cook County.
Mr. Duncan’s bar admissions help make it possible to contribute to the legal field, especially with his focus on housing law, civil litigation, and malpractice. He was admitted to the bar in the State of Illinois in and the U.S. District Court (Northern District) in Illinois in 1980. In 1984, he was admitted to the U.S. Tax Court and then to the U.S. Court Appeals (7th circuit) in 1986. In 1996, Mr. Duncan was added to the Supreme Court of the United States bar. Furthermore, he has also explored his musical talents through his legal work, performing as a timpanist and principal percussionist with the Chicago Bar Association Symphony Orchestra since 1998.
The highlight of Mr. Duncan’s career thus far has been having 25 published court decisions that were a body of significant work. Another highlight was that he worked to save 2 million dollars that were invested in public assistance programs. As a lawyer, he works to the best of his abilities to secure meaningful outcomes for his clients. He feels fortunate through this line of work that he gets to work every day with people who are highly intelligent and compassionate. Mr. Duncan would love to be continuing what he does at the Housing Authority. While it can be challenging to work in a place that is often short on budgets and has long on hours, seeing the outcomes of his and his colleague’s work is motivational.
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