John is an experienced first-chair trial lawyer who has defended companies and individuals in criminal, administrative and civil trials in state and federal courts throughout the United States. He has been recognized for his accomplishments by Chambers USA, The Best Lawyers in America® and Benchmark Litigation. John has been repeatedly named to the Ohio Super Lawyers® list and designated by Super Lawyers as one of Cleveland’s top 50 lawyers and as one of Ohio’s top 100 lawyers. John also is AV Preeminent® peer review rated by Martindale-Hubbell and has been selected by his peers for membership in the Litigation Counsel of America, the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel, and the International Association of Defense Counsel.
John has tried approximately 80 trials in his career and has extensive first-chair trial experience defending individuals facing significant criminal exposure from alleged violations of federal and state law. His criminal practice consists of traditional white-collar criminal matters, internal corporate investigations, environmental crimes, grand jury investigations and related administrative proceedings. With a comprehensive understanding of federal and state criminal laws, he also counsels public and privately held corporations and individuals facing governmental scrutiny. Many of his greatest successes are also the least publicized, especially those that resolved highly sensitive matters without criminal charges or adverse publicity.
Because of his trial experience, firm clients have retained John to defend a wide variety of civil matters, including product liability and personal injury cases, legal malpractice cases, real estate and construction litigation, workplace intentional tort matters, intellectual property disputes, breach of contract actions and other civil actions. He has been actively involved in industry-wide chemical and toxic tort litigation involving opioids, maritime asbestos, vinyl chloride, welding rods, lead paint, and other chemicals and products.
Prior to joining Thompson Hine, John served as an assistant prosecuting attorney for Cuyahoga County, Ohio under Prosecuting Attorneys Stephanie Tubbs Jones and William D. Mason. He ascended to the elite Major Trials Unit, where he first-chaired homicide, rape and public corruption cases. He also directed complex grand jury investigations of large institutions and individuals allegedly involved in criminal activity. Additionally, John's experience and track record led to his appointment as a special prosecutor in multiple high-profile homicide, public corruption and organized-crime cases. John’s abilities are not limited to the courtroom, as he has successfully argued more than 30 appeals in the Sixth, Eighth and Ninth District Appellate Courts of Ohio.
Capital University Law School, J.D., 1996, Capital University Law Review
The Ohio State University, B.A., 1992
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