Judge John Blakey received a bachelor’s degree in 1988 from the University of Notre Dame. He received a Certificate of Fine Arts in 1989 from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. He received a juris doctor degree in 1992 from Notre Dame Law School. He served as a law clerk to Judge William J. Zloch of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida from 1992 to 1994. He worked at the law firm of Vedder, Price, Kaufman & Kammholz, P.C., from 1995 to 1996. From 1996 to 2000, he served as an assistant state's attorney in the Office of the Cook County State's Attorney. He served as an assistant United States attorney in the Southern District of Florida from 2000 to 2004 and in the Northern District of Illinois from 2004 to 2009. From 2009 to 2014, he served as both the chief of the Special Prosecutions Bureau for the Office of the Cook County State's Attorney and as a special assistant United States attorney in the Northern District of Illinois. As of 2014, Blakey serves as a federal district court judge in Chicago, Ill.