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John co-chairs the firm's Commercial Litigation Division. He represents clients in a variety of litigation matters, including complex business and commercial trials and appeals, constitutional law cases and internal and regulatory investigations. John has successfully represented clients in numerous trials and appeals in state and federal courts around the country, including the United States Supreme Court. Before joining Stinson, John was a partner with an AmLaw 100 firm.
John served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Columbia (1991-93), where he defended the United States and its agencies in complex constitutional and government contracts cases and prosecuted civil health fraud matters. As Chief of Litigation, and later Deputy Attorney General for the State of Missouri, John supervised all of the state's civil litigation and helped create and supervised Missouri's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit in the Office of the Attorney General (1993-99).
Some of John’s representative litigation matters include:
In addition to these matters, John has represented numerous other clients in complex trials, appeals and investigations around the nation. Other representative clients include, two leading financial services companies (regulatory investigations), a Fortune 500 metal products company (commercial dispute), a leading international software company (grand jury investigation), a multinational energy services company (government investigation), numerous health care providers (government investigations), a national financial services company (licensure, constitutional and statutory claims) and the St. Louis Public Schools Special Administrative Board (constitutional and statutory claim).
John is a frequent speaker and author on topics related to education adequacy lawsuits and their effects on state budgets, school funding, the relationship between educational output and school funding, accreditation requirements and federal mandates, the No Child Left Behind Act and its implications on state education funding schemes, charters and school choices, and other issues. In addition to the above-listed speaking engagements, he has also made presentations at the National Taxpayers Conference, the National Association of Attorneys General, the Virginia Commonwealth Education Law Conference, and the Annual Education Law Conference.