Since 1978, helping Illinois EMS and fire service organizations understand and follow the legal requirements that affect their operations.

  • 30 years fire protection experience
  • Former volunteer fire department trustee
  • Lecturer and author on fire service legal issues

Graduate of Bradley University (Master of Arts, 1971) and the University of Illinois College of Law (Juris Doctor, 1977)

Partner, Vonachen, Lawless, Trager & Slevin, 456 Fulton Street, Suite 425, Peoria, Illinois 61602.

Attorney representing fire protection districts, ambulance services, and fire departments in Champaign, Peoria, Tazewell, Woodford, Marshall, and Mason Counties in Illinois.

Associate Member, International Association of Fire Chiefs (1994-2014).

Consultant to EMS organizations, fire departments and fire protection districts throughout the state.

Author of various articles in magazines published by the Illinois Association of Fire Protection Districts and the Illinois Firefighters Association.

Author, Fire District Administration and Organization, first and second editions, published by the Illinois Association of Fire Protection Districts.

Author, chapter on fire protection districts in the practice handbook for attorneys entitled Special Districts published by the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 2009, supplement 2011, and 2014 edition.

Adjunct faculty, Illinois Central College, East Peoria, Illinois for Fire Science Technology 190, “Legal Issues in the Fire Service” (2011-2012)

Presenter at various fire service workshops and training sessions, including:

Trustee seminars sponsored by the Illinois Association of Fire Protection District and the University of Illinois Fire Service Institute (1986 2014)

Workshops for the annual conferences for the Illinois Association of Fire Protection Districts.

Fire College sponsored by the University of Illinois Fire Service Institute (1986 1997)

Illinois State Fire Marshal Arson Investigation Leadership Forum presentation, Hotel Pere Marquette, Peoria, Illinois, 2000.

Tazewell County Firemen’s Association Training School (1991, 1995 and 1996)

Woodford County Firefighter’s Association (1987, 1992)

Mason County Firemen’s Association (1989, 1991)

Training Program for Illinois Department of Labor Safety Inspectors (1989)

Kankakee Community College Fire Expo ‘99 (1999).

Adams County Rural Fire Protection Districts semi-annual meeting (2008)

Trustee, West Peoria Fire Protection District, 1981 1994

Admitted to practice before all Illinois courts, as well as the U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. John T. Brady is a former Assistant State’s Attorney, former Village Attorney, and former Assistant City Attorney.