John LaDue's practice focuses on high-stakes commercial litigation and labor and employment disputes in state and federal courts. He has extensive experience representing businesses in a wide variety of commercial contract disputes, product liability claims, litigation involving trade secrets and covenants not to compete, intellectual property litigation, employment discrimination lawsuits, and in advising businesses in traditional labor relations matters. In these practice areas, LaDue has gained substantial experience in preliminary injunction proceedings, trials, appeals, arbitration, and mediation. Recent cases include: representing a defense contractor in a state court action resulting in a judgment for LaDue's client exceeding $270 million dollars; serving as defense liaison counsel for a medical device manufacture defending more than 2000 product liability actions, which have been consolidated in multi-district litigation in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana.
LaDue was named the Best Lawyers 2014-15 South Bend Employment Law "Lawyer of the Year." Since 2007, he has been recognized as an Indiana Super Lawyer and one of America's Best Lawyers in the area of employment law. American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell named LaDue a 2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Mass Torts. Best Lawyers ranked LaDue Curran & Kuehn as a "Tier 1" Best Law Firm for 2013, 2014, and 2015.
Since 2004, LaDue has been an adjunct professor of law at Notre Dame Law School, where he teaches in the Deposition Skills Course, which is part of Notre Dame's trial advocacy curriculum. He is also on the faculty of the National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA).
LaDue was born in Dearborn, Mich. He received a B.A. in political science from Michigan State University in 1984. He graduated magna cum laude from Notre Dame Law School in 1990 and served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Notre Dame Law Review. LaDue served twelve years on active duty in the United States Marine Corps and was honorably discharged after attaining the rank of Major.
LAW70903, Military Law