Overview

John is Senior Counsel in the firm’s Business Litigation and Corporate Transactions & Securities groups and a member of the International practice. He has over thirty years of experience representing business clients on a wide variety of matters in Georgia and other jurisdictions.

John currently serves as primary outside corporate counsel for international and domestic companies. He advises businesses on insurance coverage issues and disputes. He also manages and provides strategic input on the prosecution, defense and resolution of commercial disputes in litigation, arbitration, and mediation.

General Business Representation. John is a trusted advisor helping clients understand and manage their legal and business risks. He helps clients in establishing operations, negotiating and drafting equipment sales contracts, master services agreements, terms and conditions, and other contracts. John has particular experience in representing machinery and equipment manufacturers and distributors, as well as clients providing professional services, specialty construction, software and technology.

John’s clients include international companies or their U.S. subsidiaries from Germany, Switzerland, Canada and other countries. John is active in the international business community, and he has given public and private seminars to international audiences on U.S. law and dispute resolution, including seminars in Heidelberg, Salzburg, and Munich, as well as Atlanta. He is the Atlanta office’s primary contact with the German American Chamber of Commerce of the Southeastern United States and is on the Board of the British American Business Council of Georgia. See John’s international bio for more detailed information.

Insurance Coverage. John assists clients in reviewing and evaluating insurance issues, and in pursuing coverage, including litigation when necessary. He has handled coverage issues for environmental liabilities, construction defects, professional liability claims, and catastrophic personal injury and property damage claims. He has experience with professional liability, D&O, general liability, excess liability, media tech, property, business interruption and other policies. He is the author of the chapter on insurance coverage in the book Georgia Business Litigation, and has written law review and bar journal articles on various insurance topics, including coverage for construction defects and cyber risks. John teaches Insurance Law at the University of Georgia School of Law as an Adjunct Professor.

Commercial Litigation, Arbitration and Mediation. For over thirty-five years, John has handled a wide variety of commercial litigation and arbitration cases in Georgia and other states. He has extensive experience in mediation. John currently focuses on helping clients manage disputes and develop strategies for cost-effective resolution. John’s specific experience includes claims involving insurance coverage, trade secrets and confidential information, intellectual property, construction disputes, business torts, breach of contract, shareholder and intra-company disputes, real estate disputes, and product liability.

John is on the Executive Committee of the Atlanta International Arbitration Society and is also a registered mediator. He is available to act as a mediator or arbitrator.

Publications
Presentations
  • Presenter, “Directors & Officers Liability Insurance for the Nonprofit Organization,” Thompson Hine Best of Boards Governance Series, January 2014
  • Presenter, “Warranties, Indemnities, and Key Contract Terms,” for the German-American Chamber of Commerce of the Southeastern U.S., November 2012
  • Presenter, “Finding Buried Treasure in Your Insurance Policies,” for the Japan-American Society, August 2012
  • “Maximizing Insurance Contributions in Mediated Settlements,” Strafford Legal Webinar, 2011
  • “Trade Secrets and Non-Disclosure Agreements,” Inventors Association of Georgia Monthly Meeting, 2010
  • “Common Legal Mistakes Businesses Make and How to Avoid Them,” Chamblee Business Association Monthly Meeting, 2009
  • Panel discussion, “Tips for Success in Arbitration as an Advocate and a Neutral,” Alternative Dispute Resolution Section Meeting, 2009
Distinctions
  • Selected for inclusion on the Georgia Super Lawyers list since 2008; included on Georgia Super Lawyers Top 100 list in 2010, 2012 and 2014
  • Georgia Trend’s Legal Elite, 2010-2012
  • AV® Preeminent Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Avvo Rating 10.0 (its highest rating)
Professional and Civic

Professional Associations

  • Atlanta Bar Association Construction Section, former board member
  • Atlanta International Arbitration Society, board member

Professional Activities

  • Lawyers Club of Atlanta
  • Lumpkin Society, University of Georgia School of Law

Community Activities

  • German American Chamber of Commerce
  • Gwinnett County Chamber of Commerce
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