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John J. Pembroke

John J. Pembroke

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(312) 565-8312

John Pembroke has been a tax and transactional attorney since 1979, centering his practice on taxation and estate and business planning. John is a licensed certified public accountant who has acted as interim chief financial officer for startups. His accounting background helps him advise clients on tax, business and financial planning and related matters.

John now represents clients on both personal and business legal matters.

  • Areas of Practice -
  • John provides a variety of legal services to our clients including: 

    • Advising on corporate law, business and individual taxation and estate and financial planning
    • Counsel for individuals, startups and large companies
    • Drafting of necessary documents for business succession and/or generation skipping
    • Financial planning
    • Will and trust preparation
    • Probate
    • Business planning and incorporation
    • State and federal income tax planning and return preparation
    • Auditing and other tax controversies
    • Corporate/shareholder issues
    • Business and employment contracts
    • Real estate law, closings and leases
    • Complex financial litigation and support
    • General business law
  • Achievements+
  • Over the course of his career, John has proven materially correct in all significant matters resulting in litigation. Some of John’s achievements include:

    • An IRS tax appeal of a $10 million issue on foreign currency and price adjustments
    • The purchase of a business for $8 million after John assisted in litigating a TRO and preliminary injunction
    • A damage claim against a major financial planner for $482,000
    • The sale of a business interest following litigation for $1.175 million
    • Oddi v. Ayco. John helped Schuyler, Roche & Crisham succeed in persuading a court that adverse tax consequences resulting from a financial planner's bad advice are recoverable. The win was announced on the front page of the Wall Street Journal.
    • George F. Harding Museum v. United States of America – John helped Schuyler, Roche & Crisham defeat a $30 million jeopardy assessment the IRS had made against the assets of the museum. The case was reported on the front page of the Daily Tax Reporter of the Bureau of National Affairs.
    • People of the State of Illinois ex rel. William J. Scott v. Herman Silverstein— John helped Schuyler, Roche, & Crisham defend against a jeopardy assessment by the IRS against the Illinois Attorney General’s office.
    • Chair of the Make a Difference Scholarship Committee of the Rotary Club of Park Ridge, which has granted $17,500 in scholarships to Park Ridge students. 
  • Education +

    J.D., Northwestern University School of Law, Dean's list (1977), Wigmore Scholar nominee, social committee chair, Evanston, Illinois, 1979.

    B.S. with Honors and Distinction in Accounting, Beta Gamma Sigma, University of Illinois at Chicago, 1975.

    Investment Advisor Representative, since 2003.

    Personal Financial Specialist, since 2002.

    Insurance Producer Licensee, since 1999.

    Certified Public Accountant, since 1976.

    St. Ignatius College Prep, Honors Diploma, Chicago, Illinois, 1968.

    Scholarship recipient, Jewel Food Stores, 1968.

  • Bar & Court Admissions +

    Illinois, 1979

    United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, General Bar, 1979

    United States District Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, 1980

    United States Tax Court, 1981

    United States Claims Court, 1986

    United States Supreme Court, 2014

  • Experience +

    Schuyler, Roche & Crisham, P.C.
    Chicago, Illinois

    Of Counsel
    2006 to Present

    John J. Pembroke & Associates, LLC
    Park Ridge, Illinois

    Shareholder
    1991 to 2006

    Schuyler, Roche & Crisham, P.C.
    Chicago, Illinois

    Partner and Shareholder
    1988 to 1991

    Associate
    1980 to 1988

    Arthur Young and Company
    Chicago, Illinois

    Tax Department
    1979 to 1980

    Coopers and Lybrand
    Chicago, Illinois

    Auditor
    1975 to 1976

  • Peer Recognition +

    Martindale-Hubbell, "peer review rated for ethical standards and legal ability," since 1992.

  • Professional Memberships +

    Chicago Bar Association (Taxation Section)

    American Bar Association (Taxation Section)

    Illinois CPA Society

    American Institute of Certified Public Accountants

  • Civic Affiliations +

    Rotary Club, Park Ridge, Illinois, 1993 to 2007; Fundraising Committee, chair, 2002, 2003, 2005 and 2006; Make a Difference Scholarship Committee, chair, 2003 to 2005; Park Ridge Rotarian of the Year, 2002 to 2003; Social Committee, chair,1993 to 1996 and 2002 to 2005; treasurer,1994 to 1997.

    Junior Achievement, Mary Seat of Wisdom School, Park Ridge, Illinois, and Devonshire Grade School in Des Plaines, Illinois, first-grade instructor, 2005; Carpenter School, Park Ridge, Illinois, fifth-grade instructor, 2006.