John A. Kauerauf

John A. Kauerauf joined Sorling Northrup in 1986 on graduation from law school, and practices in the areas of employment law and business law with particular concentration in representing health care, religious, and not-for-profit entities.

Mr. Kauerauf’s employment law practice includes advising clients on all aspects of the employment relationship as well as representing clients before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, National Labor Relations Board, U.S. Department of Labor, Illinois Human Rights Commission, Illinois Department of Human Rights, Illinois Department of Labor, Illinois Department of Employment Security, as well as Illinois and federal courts, and local governmental entities. Mr. Kauerauf’s clients include health care facilities, locally owned businesses, franchises and employment practices liability insurers of the same. He also serves as the local counsel for out-of-state entities with places of business in Central Illinois.

His business law practice includes advising clients on entity formation, contracts, government regulations, real estate (including real estate taxation), acquisitions, financing, and collections. While he represents a diverse variety of businesses including contractors, hotels, wholesalers, retailers, and professional service providers, a significant portion of his time is spent in working with the unique legal issues raised by health care and religious and not-for-profit organizations.

Mr. Kauerauf holds a Certified Public Accountant certificate from the University of Illinois. He has served as Chancellor (General Counsel) to the Illinois Great Rivers Conference of the United Methodist Church since 2001.

Cases litigated to a successful conclusion by Mr. Kauerauf include the following reported decisions: Osborne v. Kelly, 207 Ill.App.3d 488, 565 N.E.2d 1340, 152 Ill. Dec. 422 (4th Dist. 1991); Yates v. Salvation Army, 1993 ILHUM LEXIS 194, 402 (1993); Kralman v. Ill. Dept. of Veterans Affairs, 23 F.3d 150 (7th Cir. 1994); Castle v. Ill. Vet. Home at Manteno, 1995 ILHUM LEXIS 751, 753 (1995); Creasey v. Phillips Brothers, Inc., 1995 ILHUM LEXIS 621 (1995); Davis v. Hardee’s, 1995 ILHUM LEXIS 266, 595 (1995); Legg v. Ill. Vet. Home at Manteno, 1995 ILHUM LEXIS 165 (1995); Williams v. Franklin Life Insurance Co., 1998 ILHUM LEXIS 151(1998); Woollen v. Perkins Family Restaurant, 1999 ILHUM LEXIS 11 (1999); Marshall v. Hardee’s, 2000 ILHUM LEXIS 148 (2000); Sims v. Pinnacle Limited Partnership, 2002 ILHUM LEXIS 42 (2002); Dawkins v. Ill. Comm. College Bd., 2003 ILHUM LEXIS 13 (2003); Wiley v. Ill. Dept. of Veterans’ Affairs, 2004 U.S. App. LEXIS 1192 (7th Cir. 2004); Brummett v. Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc., 414 F.3d 686 (7th Cir. 2005); Hawkins v. Macon Resources, Inc., 2005 U.S. Dist. Lexis 30408 (C.D. IL 2005); Byars v. Macon Resources, Inc., 2006 U.S. Dist. Lexis 15678 (C.D. IL 2006); Cruz v. Macon Resources, Inc., 2006 U.S. Dist. Lexis 70080 (C.D. IL 2006); Bell v. Egizii Electric, Inc., 2007 U.S. Dist. Lexis 44700 (C.D. IL 2007); Turner v. Memorial Medical Center, 233 Ill.2d 494 (2009); Yost v. Memorial Medical Center, 2009 WL 4021114 (C.D. IL 2009); Williams v. Macon Resources, Inc., 2010 U.S. App. Lexis 2031 (7th Cir. 2010); Boston v. Memorial Medical Center, 2010 U.S. App. Lexis 7686 (7th Cir. 2010); Hatmaker v. Memorial Medical Center, 619 F.3d 741 (7th Cir. 2010); Ulm v. Memorial Medical Center, 2012 IL APP. (4th) 110421.


  • Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington, IL - B.A., cum laude, 1983
  • University of Illinois, Champaign, IL - J.D., 1986

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Practice Areas