Washington University in St. Louis School of Law,
Executive Articles Editor, Washington University Journal of Urban and Contemporary Law
B.A., International Relations, 1992
Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers
President, Board of Directors, 2014-2015
Diversity Initiative Founder
Judicial Commission Election Strategist
Trial Academy Faculty Member
Advocate for Missouri Adoption of Daubert Standard
Maritime Law Association of the United States
Proctor in Admiralty
Board of Directors, 2013-present
River & Ocean Towing Committee
Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
Admiralty Committee Chair, 2010-2012
Listed in The Best Lawyers in America for Admiralty and Maritime, 2016-Present
Named Lawyer of the Year for Admiralty and Maritime Law in St. Louis by Best Lawyers, 2017
Thompson Coburn LLP
Illinois Appellate Court, Judge Gordon E. Maag
Judicial Clerkship, 1996-1997
United States Magistrate Judge David Noce
Intern, Fall 1995
Barklage, Barklage, Haywood & Brett, P.C.
Law Clerk, Summer 1995
St. Louis City Counselor’s Office
Law Clerk, Summer 1994
Allen H. Surinsky, Attorney
Law Clerk, 1994-1995
Boys & Girls Club of St. Louis
Board of Directors, 2016-Present
Mentor, Mentor St. Louis, 1998-Present
John is a trial attorney and 20-year veteran of the brown and blue water industries.
He represents shipping companies and barge lines in all types of litigation and government investigations, and serves as an early responder for vessel casualties, often catching a boat within hours of an incident to gather evidence, interview the crew and meet with Coast Guard investigators.
Drawing on his knowledge of the shipping industry and all types of marine equipment, John has represented vessel owners and fleeters in breakaways, sinkings, Jones Act claims, collisions, cargo disputes, vessel seizures, and limitation of liability actions — from initial investigation through trial and appeal.
John also counsels clients on government agency actions. He assists with Coast Guard accident investigations and license proceedings, lock cases, and waterfront facility permits involving the Army Corps of Engineers. He has guided clients through all phases of NTSB and OSHA proceedings.
John knows marine insurance. He helps clients draft and evaluate indemnity agreements and analyze their available coverage. He taps his toxic tort and product liability experience with asbestos and benzene claims to assist transportation and manufacturing clients with complex case management of mass tort claims in dockets across the country.
In addition to fielding day-to-day legal questions, John connects maritime clients to Thompson Coburn's full range of legal services, providing seamless assistance on environmental issues, maritime finance and vessel documentation.
Feature story: "Admiralty Law in St. Louis"
St. Louis Lawyer September 2012