John uses creative approaches to achieve results that meet client objectives in complex commercial litigation.
A former Assistant U.S. Attorney, John has tried more than 60 cases to verdict as lead counsel in state and federal courts across the country. He has extensive experience managing business disputes as well as internal investigations, and all phases of federal criminal investigations from subpoena compliance to defense at trial.
John is a highly experienced trial lawyer representing companies and individuals in business litigation and class actions. He has extensive experience representing financial institutions, manufacturing firms, service providers, health care providers, and others in matters involving consumer fraud, contract disputes, trade secret matters, legal malpractice, as well as white-collar investigations and prosecutions involving environmental laws, program fraud, False Claims Act, and whistleblower cases.
John won a $31 million verdict in a trade secrets case for longtime firm client, which was affirmed on appeal by the 8th Circuit.
He has represented hospitals, executives and physicians in federal health care fraud investigations and prosecutions.
He regularly consults with the firm's environment lawyers on criminal aspects of federal and state environmental investigations.
He has prosecuted and defended law firms in legal malpractice matters.
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“Criminal Law for Civil Litigators”
“Conducting an Internal Investigation of Potential Corporate Wrong Doing”
“Impeachment Under the Federal Rules of Evidence”
"What to do When the Government Comes Calling”
Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© for more than 25 years (bet-the-company litigation, commercial litigation and white-collar criminal defense).
Chambers USA Guide (litigation: white-collar crime and government investigations – Missouri; Litigation: General Commercial – Kansas City & Surrounds).
Benchmark Litigation ranks John a Local Litigation Star.
Consistently named a Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyer® for business litigation.
Professional & Civic Activities
Professional & Civic Activities
American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow
Midwest Innocence Project, Board of Trustees
Lawyers Encouraging Academic Performance, Board of Trustees
Heart of America Alzheimer's Association, Board of Trustees
Volunteer Attorney Project of Legal Aid for Western Missouri, Advisory Board
Fellow, American Bar Foundation
Missouri Bar Foundation
The Coterie Theatre, Advisory Board
St. Paul’s Episcopal Day School, Board of Trustees
Practices & Industries
Georgetown University Law Center, J.D.
- Georgetown Law Journal, Articles Editor
Cornell University, A.B.