John is a trial lawyer with a national practice in complex commercial litigation and class actions.

Businesses in a wide variety of industries rely on John’s skill in high-stakes litigation that often involves dozens of witnesses and thousands of documents. He has extensive experience in handling expert witnesses, both presenting and challenging, in pretrial proceedings and at trial.

His litigation experience includes:

  • Antitrust litigation
  • Bankruptcy Court adversary claims, including clawback actions
  • Contract and warranty claims
  • Deceptive trade practices claims
  • Financial services litigation
  • Fraud and other financial torts
  • Noncompete litigation
  • Shareholder litigation

John previously served as a trial attorney with the Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, DC. He defended the government against contract claims brought by nuclear utilities against the Department of Energy over the disposal of spent nuclear fuel.

More recently, John and Fox partner Eric Nystrom won a precedent-setting verdict after a three-week jury trial in U.S. District Court in Minnesota that resulted in a judgment of more than $17 million in favor of American Bank of St. Paul and 25 other banks. The case is believed to be the first reported verdict in the country holding a bank liable for aiding and abetting the fraud of one of its customers.

Reported Decisions

  • American Bank of St. Paul v. TD Bank, N.A., 713 F.3d 455 (2013)
  • Southern Nuclear Operating Co. v. U.S., 77 Fed. Cl. 396 (2007)
  • Pacific Gas & Elec. Co. v. U.S., 74 Fed. Cl. 333 (2006)
  • Yankee Atomic Elec Co. v. U.S., 73 Fed. Cl. 249 (2006)
  • Indiana Michigan Power Co. v. U.S., 422 F,3d 1369 (2005)
  • Canal Elec. Co. v. U.S., 65 Fed. Cl. 650 (2005)