John Carter


John Carter is a native of Chicago, Illinois and comes to Castle Law after a successful Law Enforcement career.
During his law enforcement tenure he served in a number of assignments including department legal counsel.
As legal counsel John handled the legal divisions of Employment Law, Wiretap Law, and Administrative Law matters. John also served as an Army pilot and an infantry battalion commander during his military career.


John enjoys spending time with his family and is a lifelong Chicago Bears fanatic. He is also a U.S. Chess Federation rated chess player. He enjoys running and weightlifting as well.


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  • DePaul University College of Law
    Chicago, Illinois
    • Juris doctor - 2002
    • Honors: magna cum laude
    • Honors: Order of the Coif: Graduated in the Top 10% of DePaul Law Class
  • University of Illinois
    Chicago, Illinois
    • Master of Arts - 1997
    • Major: Criminal Justice
  • University of Illinois
    Chicago, Illinois
    • Bachelor of Arts - 1986
    • Major: Criminal Justice
  • Fraternity: Phi Kappa Phi


  • Awarded two Police Service ribbons and three Department Unit Citations
  • Awarded US Army Meritorious Service Medal and Army Commendation Medal


  • Illinois, 2002
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois, 2002


  • Illinois State Police, Assignments included legal counsel, legal instructor, patrol officer, patrol shift commander and supervisor of a team of police auditors, 1989 to 2014
  • US Army Reserve, Lieutenant Colonel, Assignments included Battalion Commander, 2/334th Infantry Battalion, Company Commander, HHC, 3/158th Aviation Regiment, Battalion Intelligence Officer, 3/158th Aviation Regiment, and Platoon Leader, 1/178th Infantry Battalion, 1982 to 2006