John focuses on complex civil litigation, appearing in federal and state courts throughout the country as well as before various arbitral bodies. Since joining Lewis & Llewellyn, he has represented Fortune 500 companies, major investment and finance institutions, start-up companies in tech, finance, and other fields, and venture capitalists and other individual entrepreneurs. Although he is an aggressive litigator and skilled tactician, John also uses pragmatism and creativity to resolve challenging disputes and otherwise find solutions that fit his clients’ legal needs. In 2021, John was selected as a Northern California Rising Star by Super Lawyers Magazine, an honor reserved for 2.5% of U.S. lawyers.
John’s practice has focused on litigating and advising clients complex commercial cases involving allegations involving breach of contract, fraud, employee mobility, trade secret theft, founder and other equity-related disputes, unfair competition, the Consumers Legal Remedies Act, and other business conflicts. In addition, John has developed particular expertise in the laws related to nonparty discovery in federal and state courts as well as handling his clients’ most sensitive information, having represented companies and individuals that get served with subpoenas and other requests for information in both civil and criminal matters.
Before joining Lewis & Llewellyn, John served as a judicial fellow for the Honorable Joseph C. Spero, Chief Magistrate Judge of the Northern District of California. His past professional experience also includes serving as a Deputy Attorney General at the California Department of Justice, where he prosecuted criminal cases in the California Courts of Appeal, and as a post-bar judicial fellow in California Superior Court, County of Kern.
John attended the University of Minnesota Law School. While studying there, he focused on gaining broad litigation experience, which included serving as a law-student intern for the United States Attorney’s Office, District of Minnesota, and for the Department of Homeland Security, Minnesota Office of Chief Counsel. He also acted as a certified law-student attorney for his law school’s misdemeanor prosecution clinic, trying two cases before state court judges. In addition to that litigation experience, John provided counsel to local governments and nonprofit organizations, and he served as a board member and treasurer for a neighborhood revitalization committee.
When he is not working, John enjoys outdoor adventures, live comedy, podcasts, riding his bike, and the great coffee and food of San Francisco.