John K. Abegg serves as executive vice president of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR). He is responsible for providing advocacy, strategy, policy development, and administrative leadership to support ILR’s extensive initiatives, particularly with respect to its federal program.
Before joining ILR, Abegg was chief counsel to then-Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. There he managed the passage of multiple reforms to our civil justice system, including class action and bankruptcy reform legislation. He also worked on medical liability reform, immigration policy, intellectual property legislation, and law enforcement matters. In addition, Abegg oversaw the judicial confirmation process, including for six Supreme Court justices.
Earlier in his career, Abegg served as legal adviser to a member of the Federal Election Commission, clerked on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, and was in private practice specializing in campaign finance litigation.
Abegg received his law degree cum laude from Indiana University Mauer School of Law and his undergraduate degree from Indiana University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.