As a business litigator, John represents clients in the areas of federal contracts, construction, emerging technology, municipal, employment, appellate and administrative law.

Overview

John’s practice includes working with a broad set of entities including S&P 100 corporations, construction companies, local and state governments, tech companies, Alaska Native Corporations, oil and gas companies and ANCSA Regional Corporations. He consults with companies and government entities on federal and state compliance, contracts, internal investigation, privacy, shareholder and board issues, regulatory advocacy, and other issues directly and to prevent future litigation. He also represents clients in state and federal courts, assisting with motions, trial and appellate briefs, claims, answers, purchase and sales agreements, settlement agreements and municipal ordinances.

Prior to joining the firm, John served as a clerk for the Honorable John Sedwick of the U.S. District Court for the District of Alaska and the Honorable Morgan Christen for the Alaska Supreme Court, now on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. John also served as a Special Assistant to two Alaska Attorneys General.

Experience

Litigated an Alaska constitutional funding issue on behalf of a municipality to the Alaska Supreme Court.

Advocated for an S&P 100 multinational oil services company to obtain a favorable regulatory framework to protect proprietary business information.

Negotiated a favorable land exchange agreement between a city and an Alaska Native Corporation.  The agreement preserved a multimillion dollar infrastructure project to the benefit of both parties.

Obtained a favorable bid protest outcome for a municipality on a million dollar contract.

Settled a multimillion dollar state contract dispute on behalf of a Fortune 500 company. 

Obtained a favorable settlement of a million dollar construction defect claim on behalf of an Alaska borough.

Secured post-bankruptcy overriding royalty interests for an oil and gas exploration company.

Obtained land transfers on behalf of Alaska Native Corporation with two private parties to ensure completion of an infrastructure development plan.

Assisted a technology company in retaining a federal contract after a non-compliance assessment under the Trade Agreements Act.

Obtained a favorable outcome on a non-compliance claim before the California Public Utility Commission on behalf of a multinational technology company. 

Assisted an ANCSA Regional Corporation in obtaining a favorable outcome in a board member dispute. 

Assisted a technology company in ensuring compliance with Trade Agreements Act and Buy American Act in structuring a compensation agreement.  

Secured a favorable outcome for a construction company in a changed site condition claim with a state agency.

Advised a Fortune 500 company regarding compliance with the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act.

News & Insights

Publications

Co-Author, "Digging into the Details of the Latest Buy American Executive Order for Federal Construction Contractors," Published one LinkedIn, March 2019

Co-author, "How to Stay Protected When Using Biometrics Post-Spokeo," Law360, September 2017

 "Substantial Transformation of IT Products Under the TAA Requires Careful Consideration," Government Contracts Insider, December 2016 

Professional & Civic Activities

Professional & Civic Activities

Kids at Hope, Board of Directors

Alaska Common Ground, Board of Directors

Alaska Institute for Justice: Alaska Immigration Justice Project, Volunteer Attorney

Alaska Public Media, Community Advisory Board

U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services Naturalization Ceremonies, Speaker

Alaska Network for Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, Volunteer Attorney

Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights & Urban Affairs, Volunteer Attorney

ACLU Voting Rights Project, Volunteer Attorney

Admissions

  • Alaska, 2012
  • Arizona practice temporarily authorized pending admission under Ariz. R. Sup. Ct. 38(h). Supervision by Lonnie Williams, a member of the State Bar of Arizona. 

Education

University of Michigan Law School, J.D., cum laude, 2009

  • Michigan Law Review, Notes Editor & Editorial Board

Arizona State University, Ph.D., Political Science, 2013

Arizona State University, M.A., Political Science, summa cum laude, 2006

Arizona State University, B.S., Political Science, B.A., Sociology, cum laude, 2002

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