John is an experienced litigator who leverages his finance and executive business background to advocate for clients in a wide variety of industries, including finance & securities, oil & gas, pharmaceuticals, and technology. John focuses on complex commercial litigation, and his cases typically involve fraud, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, and other common business torts.
In representing both plaintiffs and defendants, John draws on his previous career in business and finance, during which he co-founded a fund of hedge funds, worked as a negotiation consultant to Fortune 500 companies, and served as a business development executive at a technology firm. John’s diverse business background allows him to understand quickly his clients’ business challenges, fit their litigation matters within that context, and offer thoughtful, practical legal advice.
John also serves as Co-Chair of the firm’s Client Development and Marketing Committee.
Recognitions & Awards
Order of the Coif, Virginia Chapter
University of Virginia Law Review, Editorial Board
Representation of hedge fund in defending against allegations of fraud, breach of contract, and breach of fiduciary duty brought by former investor.
Representation of natural gas pipeline company in pursuing breach of contract claims for seller’s failure to deliver natural gas
Representation of pharmaceutical company in defending against allegations of Medicaid fraud
Representation of foreign investment company and multiple structured finance vehicles in pursuing fraud claims against large originator and underwriter in connection with purchases of residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS).
Representation of hedge fund in pursuing fraud and negligent misrepresentation claims against large investment bank in connection with purchases of notes in multiple collateralized debt obligations (CDOs).
Representation of a former joint venture participant in defending against allegations of breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty by another former joint venture participant.
Representation of municipal government entity in pursuing fraud and breach of contract claims against large investment bank in connection with the purchase of commercial paper issued by a structured investment vehicle (SIV).
Representation of former Chief Executive Officer in pursuing fraud and breach of contract claims against former employer in connection with issuance of preferred stock.
Bar Admissions & Activities
Admitted to the State Bar of Texas, and the United States District Courts for the Western District, Northern District, Eastern District, and Southern District of Texas
Lloyd Lochridge American Inn of Court
University of Virginia School of Law – J.D.
Stanford University – B.A. in English