John is a partner in the firm’s Litigation Practice Group. He works with clients to solve their most complex business disputes, counseling on litigation, employment and business issues, and providing general corporate advice, nonprofit corporation management and guidance on governance. John views himself as a problem solver and, when given the opportunity, a problem preventer.

John’s litigation experience includes handling numerous cases involving a wide array of disputes and proceedings in federal and state courts, in arbitration and mediation, and before administrative agencies, many on an emergency basis. John’s litigation matters have involved international and domestic supply chains, breach of contract, fraud, torts, corporate governance, non-compete and non-disclosure agreements, theft of trade secrets, ownership and protection of intellectual property, wages and hour discrimination and other employment-related laws.

In the food and beverage industry, in addition to litigation John represents and advises clients on regulatory compliance, supply chain relationships, contract negotiations and proper construction of contracts, recalls and other business-related issues.

He brings experience serving as a Congressional Investigator and Professional Staff Member on the Subcommittees on Investigations and Human Resources for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Post Office and the Civil Service. There, he focused on uncovering and resolving violations of the Ethics in Government Act. From 1991 through 1993, John also served as a Law Clerk to the Honorable David S. Doty, United States District Judge for the District of Minnesota.


  • University of Minnesota Law School  (J.D., cum laude, 1991)
  • Carleton College  (B.A., 1985)

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois
  • Minnesota

Honors & Awards

  • Illinois Leading Lawyers
  • National Diversity Council and the Illinois Diversity Council Leadership Excellence in the Law Award


  • Inspiration Corporation, General Counsel
  • Bigger Table, Board Member and Officer