Meet Christopher Canning

When it comes to tackling complex business and legal matters for his clients, Chris Canning rolls up his sleeves with the same determination he displayed when Wilmette’s ash trees were attacked and destroyed by Emerald Ash Borer. As Village President, he decided to “make lemonade out of lemons” by turning the felled ash trees in his own backyard into baseball bats for the local youth baseball program, a story that received national attention through a segment on the “Today Show.”  An innovative thinker and problem solver, Canning applies this same enthusiasm to the cases he handles as a business lawyer.

As a Wilmette business lawyer, he combines his love for public service and passion for providing his clients with strong resolutions to a wide range of business matters. The milestones in Canning’s professional career have been many. Below you can find a detailed list of his qualifications and accomplishments.

Christopher Canning Portrait


General practice firm with concentration on business formation and counseling; employment law including employment contracts and separation agreements; litigation in both state and federal courts; representation of clients before local and state agencies.

Representative clients include Westmoreland Country Club, F. J. Kerrigan Plumbing, CONLON, A Real Estate Company, Backyard Barbecue, RainTrade Corporation, Boys Hope Girls Hope of Illinois and Loyola Academy.

Vice President and General Counsel of America’s oldest sports magazine; the media company included print, online and radio platforms.

ONE-ON-ONE SPORTS, INC., Northbrook, Illinois 2000
Vice President and General Counsel of the largest 24/7 live sports radio network in the United States with more than 200 stations.

WINSTON & STRAWN, Chicago, Illinois
Partner, Litigation Department


  • United States Supreme Court
  • Supreme Court of Illinois
  • S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • Trial Bar, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois



  • Director, PACE, the Suburban Bus Division of the Regional Transportation Authority
  • Village President of Wilmette, Illinois
  • Chair, Wilmette Fire Pension Fund
  • Chair, Village of Wilmette Ad Hoc Business Development Group
  • President, Northwest Municipal Conference
  • Chair, RTA Citizens Advisory Board
  • Member, Evanston Hospital Citizen Advisory Council
  • Chair and Member, Wilmette Zoning Board of Appeals
  • President, St. Joseph School Board