In his more than three decades of experience as a commercial litigator, John has represented clients-both plaintiffs and defendants-in state and federal courts, focusing on complex business litigation that includes securities, tax, professional liability, intellectual property, and major litigation involving insurance companies. His diverse background also serves him well as an arbitrator and an advocate in alternative dispute resolution forums.
John has twice served as Practice Group Leader of Sutherland's Litigation Practice Group. Named to The Best Lawyers of America in the area of bet-the-company litigation (2005-2013), John has represented (among others) major automobile manufacturing, hotel, brokerage and insurance companies. In addition, John now heads the firm's pro bono efforts. Before joining Sutherland, John served as a law clerk to the Honorable Irving Goldberg of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. John also taught for five years as an adjunct professor in the Pretrial Litigation course at Emory University Law School.
Obtained dismissal and settlement of a securities fraud class action alleging failure to disclose antitrust and FDA-related violations against a public manufacturer of blood reagents.
Won a jury trial for Myriad Development, a software developer, against a licensee in patent litigation.
Represented a British insurance underwriter in an alleged fraud claim arising out of the viatical industry.
Awards and Rankings
Recognized by Chambers USA : Guide to Leading Business Lawyers in the area of general commercial litigation (2003-2016)
Selected as a Georgia Local Litigation Star by Benchmark Litigation (2010-2016)
Selected for inclusion in Georgia Super Lawyers (2004-2015)
Honorable Irving Goldberg, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit