Location: Dublin, Ohio, United States
John Bleveans, a Lawyer, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Lawyers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in law.
Earning a Bachelor of Arts from Trinity University in 1960, Mr. Bleveans served as an infantry officer in the U.S. Army from 1960 to 1962. During this time, he decided to pursue a career in law and joined the University of Texas at Austin, achieving a Bachelor of Laws in 1965. Following his graduation, he was recruited by the U.S. Navy Reserves, who were looking for lawyers who had served in the military. He remained in this role, alongside his successful civilian career, until his retirement at the rank of captain in 1998. Licensed to practice law by the State Bar of Texas, the District of Columbia Bar, the Supreme Court of the United States and the Illinois State Bar, he began his career as a trial and appellate attorney in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice from 1966 to 1970, a role which he considers to be the highlight of his career.
Briefly spending time in the general counsel’s office at the Acacia Life Insurance Company from 1967 to 1968, Mr. Bleveans became the executive director for the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law in 1970 and chief counsel for the committee in 1971. In 1972, he entered private practice as an associate with Mayer Brown LLP, rising to partner from 1974 to 1983 and returning to the position later from 1991 to 1992. In between those times, he was senior vice president for the Continental Illinois National Bank and Trust Company of Chicago from 1983 to 1989 and deputy general counsel for Continental Bank in Chicago from 1989 to 1991. He concluded his career as of counsel for Arthur Andersen LLP, working out of their Chicago, Australia and Hong Kong offices between 1992 and his retirement in 1997.
Since his retirement Mr. Bleveans has been very active in his community, serving as a volunteer with Hanover Ambulance Inc. since 1999, and as president in 2000 and treasurer from 2006 to 2007, as well as a tour guide and charter bus driver for Tri-State Travel from 2002 to 2006. Earlier, he had served the city of Evanston, Illinois, as the alderman from 1981 to 1989 and chair of the Zoning Board of Appeals from 1991 to 1992. A member of the Law Club of Chicago, Mr. Bleveans has been recognized for his achievements throughout inclusion in a variety of professional publications, including Who’s Who in Finance and Business, Who’s Who in Finance and Industry, Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in America Law, Who’s Who in the Midwest and Who’s Who in the World.
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