Wayne represents individuals, businesses, and not-for-profit entities, as plaintiffs and defendants, in a wide variety of civil matters, including complex commercial, corporate and partnership litigation, in connection with disputes relating to governance, fiduciary duties, privacy rights, “business divorces,” employment claims, real estate transactions, officer and director liability, enforcement and avoidance of covenants not to compete, buy-outs of ownership interests, acquisitions and distributorships.

Wayne has litigated complex civil matters and has tried and arbitrated many high-stakes and high-profile cases to successful conclusions. He has repeatedly been named an Illinois Super Lawyer® and an Illinois Leading Lawyer®.

As a litigator with four decades of experience in high-stakes, complex cases, Wayne has participated in countless mediations resulting in successful outcomes, and he has demonstrated an understanding of how to facilitate productive negotiations. Wayne has built on that experience and obtained training as a mediator in immersive programs from providers such as the American Arbitration Association and has obtained numerous court appointments as a mediator. Wayne is on the panel of approved mediators for the Mandatory Mediation Programs of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois. Wayne remains available to serve as a mediator throughout Illinois and the St. Louis Metropolitan Area.


  • Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., with honors, 1981;
    • Editor, Georgetown Law Journal
  • Colorado College, B.A., with honors, 1978
  • Tufts University, 1974-1976

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois, 2001
  • California, 1981 (Inactive)

Court Admissions

  • Illinois
  • U.S District Courts for the Southern District of Illinois, the Eastern District of Missouri, and the Northern and Central Districts of California

About Us

JKLF is a premiere boutique litigation firm, specializing in mass and catastrophic complex claims. JKLF is a national firm with offices in Illinois, the St. Louis Metro Area, and New York. We are trial lawyers that have decades of collective experience representing our clients in complex litigation. We are courtroom advocates. Our size and selectivity allow us to provide preeminent legal services. Our clients receive zealous representation and personalized attention from our experienced attorneys on every case and at every stage throughout the litigation. JKLF fosters an environment that promotes teamwork and collaboration, and where our lawyers are confident to explore new and creative ways to assist our clients. Our clients value and trust us because we offer more than legal counsel. We understand client priorities and become partners and trusted advisors. At JKLF, we pride ourselves on our talent, teamwork, and results. From jury trials and bench trials, to arbitrations and appeals, our litigation team is consistently recognized for successfully handling complex, high-stakes matters for our clients in challenging venues across the country.