Jayne, a nationally renowned expert on legal ethics and professionalism, provides ethics, risk management and regulatory advice to lawyers and legal service providers. An experienced trial lawyer, Jayne has tried cases in state and federal courts across Illinois and on appeal up to the United States Supreme Court. She also sits on the national rosters of the American Arbitration Association for Commercial and Consumer Arbitration and is a certified neutral in the Early Dispute Resolution Process.

Jayne’s past experience includes service as Executive Director of the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism, an organization dedicated to promoting ethics and professionalism among lawyers and judges, and disciplinary counsel for the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission.

She is active in many bar associations and has been recognized nationally for her work in professional responsibility, including by appointments to Chair the ABA’s Standing Committee on Professionalism for three consecutive years and by receiving the Center for Professional Responsibility’s highest lifetime honor: The Michael Franck Professional Responsibility Awa...

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  • Bar Association Memberships
    • American Bar Association
      • Center for Professional Responsibility: Standing Committee on Professionalism (former Chair)
      • Working Group on Reforms to Advertising Rules
      • Law Practice Division, Ethics & Professional Responsibility Committee
    • Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers
    • Illinois State Bar Association (Section on Alternative Dispute Resolution)
    • Chicago Bar Association (Professional Responsibility Committee)
    • Women’s Bar Association of Illinois
    • National Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being (past)
  • Presentations & Teaching Experience

    Jayne has delivered hundreds of CLEs and other educational programs on ethics and professional responsibility to law firms, law students, judges, and bar associations across Illinois and nationally.

    Organizations include: American Bar Association and its affiliate organizations, Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers, National Association of Women Lawyers, National Organization of Bar Executives, National Legal Mentoring Consortium, Illinois State Bar Association, Chicago Bar Association, Connecticut Bar Association, American Immigration Lawyers Association, Women’s Bar Association of Illinois.

    Topics include: Conflicts of Interest, Succession Planning, Diversity and Inclusion, Leadership, Civility, Mentoring, Remote Working, Innovation in the Legal Profession, Mitigating Risk, Ethics of Technology in the Legal Profession, Ethics of Artificial Intelligence, Access to Justice, Unauthorized Practice of Law, Reform of Legal Regulations.

  • Publications
    • Litigation Finance: The Good, the Bad and the Ethics, Law Practice Today, December 2023 (co-author)
    • Can Bots Commit UPL? Practicing Law Institute, May 2023
    • As Lawyers, We Must Further the Public Interest, ABA Solo and Small Firm Publication, August 2021
    • When the Rules Stagnate Innovation, Change the Rules, ABA’s Law Practice Today, November 2019 (co-author)
    • Does the Adoption of the Uniform Bar Examination Foreshadow Uniform Regulation? ABA Journal, July 31, 2018
    • Alternative Business Structures: Good for the Public, Good for the Lawyers, St. Mary’s Law Journal, Vol. 7, Issue 2, Spring 2017
    • LegalZoom May Become New Apple; Adapt or Face Growing Obsolescence, Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, January 2017
    • The Relevant Lawyer: Re-imagining the Legal Profession, chapter “Professionalism as Survival Strategy” American Bar Association, 2015
    • The Essential Qualities of the Professional Lawyer chapter “Civility: The Core of Professionalism” American Bar Association, 2013; Teacher’s Manual 2017
    • Can Justice Be Served Online?” American Bar Association Journal, April 2017
    • Why Black Judges Matter, Crain’s Chicago Business, January 15, 2016
    • Creative Solutions for Access to Justice, Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, December 2, 2014
    • Technology is an Important Tool in Professionalism and Civility Mission, Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, April 23, 2014
    • As Lawyers, We Shape the Public’s Trust, Chicago Daily Law Bulletin January 23, 2014
    • Challenge the Calls: Institutional Bias Still at Play in Gender Inequity, Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, October 15, 2013




Jayne Reardon

Partner | Deputy General Counsel

[email protected]





United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

United States Supreme Court


University of Michigan, J.D. 1983

University of Notre Dame, B.S. 1979

Harvard Law School Program on Negotiation, Arbitration and Mediation trainings

Prior Law Firm Experience

Kelley Drye & Warren

Locke Lord (f/k/a Wilman Harrold Allen & Dixon)

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