John Allen Wall graduated from Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts in 1978 with a Bachelor of Arts degree, magna cum laude, in Philosophy. He later received a Masters degree in English and Education from Duke University, and a Masters Degree and PhD in Philosophy from Northwestern University. From 1985 through 1995, Mr. Wall worked for the Great Books Foundation, a non-profit education corporation in Chicago. In 1998, he received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill School of Law.
Mr. Wall worked as an assistant general counsel and, later, senior assistant general counsel for the Chicago Board of Education's Law Department from September 1998 until May 2004 when he joined Klein, Thorpe & Jenkins, Ltd. While at the Chicago Board of Education, he was in charge of the development of policies and Board Rules. Mr. Wall’s practice at KTJ is in general litigation, municipal, library and school law.
- Mr. Wall is the author of numerous book reviews and articles in the areas of philosophy and education.
- Mr. Wall also published "Towards the Fundamental Right and Education Quality Strategy in Illinois School Finance Litigation" that appeared in West's Education Law Reporter in 1992.
- Mr. Wall co-authored “Unfunded Mandates: How Current Illinois Laws Fit into the Bigger Picture” which was published in the Illinois ASBO Update Sprint 2013.
- Co-authored “Formal Dismissal and Suspension Procedures Under Illinois Tenure Law”.
- Co-authored “Special Assessments, Special Service Areas, and Business Districts.”.
- Co-authored the Manual on Municipal forms of Government 2014
- Co-authored the Manual on Home Rule versus Non-Home Rule Status (What’s Best for Your Municipality?) 2014
- Co-authored The Sunshine Laws Open Meetings Act Freedom of Information Act 2016 Edition
Mr. Wall has made several presentations on topics such as teacher performance evaluation and student drug testing. He has also presented materials on civil RICO and local governmental entities.