John has advised clients on copyright and business issues in film, television, music and the visual arts for more than 30 years. He has been involved in the music industry since 1971 when he was signed to a recording agreement as a singer-songwriter. Over the years, John has developed a unique insider's perspective of the entertainment industry through his work as a producer, musician, music supervisor, manager and entertainment lawyer. 

Before Fox Rothschild

Prior to joining Fox, John served as of counsel to the entertainment department of a Midwest law firm. He also co-founded SoundExchange, a company that collects royalties from internet and satellite radio services on behalf of recording artists and record labels, and served as its executive director of from 2001 to 2010. 

In addition, John handled the career of five-time Grammy® winner, Mary Chapin Carpenter and served as special adviser to Harry Belafonte for music and television projects. 

Previously, John taught Entertainment Law at Washington College of Law and Georgetown University Law Center.

Beyond Fox Rothschild

John has been at the forefront of the battle for artist's rights and their efforts to be compensated for their work online. He has been featured in numerous media outlets and is a frequent lecturer on music industry and copyright issues. John was recently nominated by the U.S. Patent and Trademark office to serve as an advisor on a collective management of rights project in Asia.

Honors & Awards

  • Emmy® nominated for music supervision of the PBS series, "American Roots Music"
  • Named Outstanding Volunteer Lawyer by Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts