BiographyJohn is the senior trial lawyer in the Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution Client Services Department and chairs the International Practice Group, focusing on international dispute resolution. He has served as lead trial lawyer in numerous complex commercial, international, banking, securities, products liability, insurance and trust litigation cases, including class actions. John has practiced in state and federal courts and before arbitration tribunals in approximately 35 states and foreign countries. In the past fifteen years, John has represented clients in a wide variety of business disputes, including successful representations in an International Chamber of Commerce arbitration against a large Korean company, a federal court litigation against a Canadian government-owned corporation, an arbitration in Hong Kong that was settled through mediation coordinated through the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre, a securities arbitration customer claim resulting in a multimillion dollar settlement, the defense of a federal court consumer class action, the successful prosecution of a contract claim against an Italian manufacturer, and a case where a large sum of stolen funds was recovered by coordinating court actions in Turkey, Cyprus, Portugal and the Cape Verde Islands. He is also experienced in obtaining evidence abroad under Letters Rogatory and The Hague Evidence Convention as well as obtaining evidence in the U.S. for use in foreign proceedings. John has additionally had extensive experience involving both the enforcement of and defense against enforcement of foreign country judgments in U.S. courts and the enforcement of U.S. judgments abroad.
John is a frequent speaker on enforcement of foreign judgments and on international commercial arbitration. He has presented at International litigation and arbitration programs given by the Center for International Legal Studies in Salzburg, Austria (2001, 2004, 2008 and 2010); the Cincinnati Bar Association in Cincinnati (2004); the American Arbitration Association in Cincinnati (2004); Hamilton Law Association at Niagara on the Lake, Ontario (2005); American Bar Association in Chicago (2005); Program on Foreign Investments in Buenos Aires, Argentina (2005) and Latin American Congress on International Business and Arbitration in Mar del Plata, Argentina (2005); Union Internationale des Avocats in Seville, Spain (2009) and Istanbul (2010).
Throughout his career, John has been active with the American, Federal, Ohio State and Cincinnati Bar Associations. He currently chairs an American Bar Association subcommittee on International Arbitration and regularly attends and speaks at bar association conferences. In 2004, he served as CLE chair for civil programming at the Federal Bar Association Annual Convention.
John also frequently represents clients on appeals in state and federal courts and is a Life Member of the Sixth Circuit Judicial Conference. He recently completed two terms as chair of the Rules Advisory Committee for the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.
Prior to joining Graydon Head, John served as Law Clerk to the Honorable Philip Pratt, Chief Judge, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. Based on the grading and comments of his peers, John was named one of “Ohio’s Super Lawyers” from 2004-2011, and one of The Best Lawyers in America for commercial litigation, international arbitration and mediation from 2006-2011. He is recognized with an AV Rating, the highest rating given to lawyers by Martindale-Hubbell.