John is an AV-Rated rated attorney with over twenty-five years of experience representing individuals and businesses in complex, corporate and commercial litigation and other litigation in state and federal courts; alternative dispute resolution (mediation and arbitration); internal and other investigations; and non-litigation resolution of complex business disputes. John also is a Rule 31 certified mediator. John also works with the Firm’s General Counsel with respect to Firm-related legal issues.

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Associations

Bar Admissions

  • Tennessee, 1993
  • U.S. District Courts
    • Tennessee: Eastern, Middle, Western
  • U.S. Court of Appeals
    • 6th Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Civic Involvement

  • Belmont University, Adjunct Faculty, Undergraduate Business Law
  • St. George's Episcopal Church
  • Economic Club of Nashville
    • Board of Directors
    • Former Member
  • Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art
    • Board of Directors
    • Former Member
  • Harding Academy
    • Board of Trustees
    • Former Member
    • Former General Counsel

Distinctions

  • Martindale-Hubbell®
    • AV®- Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated, 2002-2019
  • Best Lawyers in America®
    • Litigation – Securities, 2013-2018
    • Commercial Litigation, 2013-2018
  • Super Lawyers®
    • Mid-South Super Lawyers, Business Litigation, 2009-2017
  • Chambers USA, America's Leading Lawyers for Business
    • Litigation: General Commercial – Tennessee, 2014-2016
  • Fellow, Nashville Bar Foundation
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation

Education & Honors

  • Vanderbilt University Law School, J.D., 1993
    • Order of the Coif
  • Colby College, B.A., cum laude, 1990
  • Clerkship, Judge Julia S. Gibbons, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee, 1993-1994

Experience

  • Substantial experience representing individuals and business with respect to successful resolution of business disputes prior to commencement of any formal litigation or alternative dispute resolution mechanism.
  • Substantial experience representing business entities and individuals in corporate, commercial, and business disputes in state and federal trial and appellate courts and other venues, (mediation and arbitration), including derivative, securities and other shareholder litigation, contract actions, insurance coverage disputes, and other matters. Representative matters include:
    • Represented former officer in connection with state and federal litigation and NASD and NFA arbitrations arising out of the sale of J.C. Bradford & Company to PaineWebber.
    • Represented the defendant as a member of the trial team in a trial for specific performance of $1.6 billion merger that tested the limits of Material Adverse Change clauses at the onset of the 2007 recession and was followed daily in the national press. Genesco, Inc. v. The Finish Line, Inc., Chancery Court for State of Tennessee No. 07-2137-III.
    • Represented and/or advised numerous public companies and directors and officers with respect to federal and state securities liability matters and actions including numerous securities fraud class actions.
    • Represented numerous public and private companies and directors and officers in federal and state derivative litigation, merger litigation and other shareholder/corporate governance litigation.
    • Represented and advised numerous business entities on contract and business tort matters.
    • Represented firms and individuals in numerous types of business divorces.
  • Broad experience in corporate investigations for public and private companies, including conducting internal investigations and representing special litigation committees in derivative litigation proceedings.
  • Broad experience representing and advising law firms, both from within and without Tennessee, with respect to professional responsibility matters, liability claims and business tort claims, including.  Pagliara v. Johnston Barton Proctor & Rose, LLP, 708 F.3d 813 (6th Cir. 2013) (affirming summary judgment for law firm in claim of alleged breach of fiduciary duty to third-party non-client).
  • Broad experience representing individuals in connection with enforcement and other proceedings brought by the Securities and Exchange Commission, including insider trading and securities fraud claims.
  • Broad experience with respect to legal professional responsibility, ethics and professional liability issues including:
    • Assist the Firm General Counsel on various ethics, professional responsibility and professional liability issues.
  • Served as Managing Partner of prior firm.
  • Rule 31 Listed General Civil Mediator.