John defends pharmaceutical companies in product liability litigation, including claims related to chemotherapy, anti-depression and over-the-counter drugs, among others. His work has included drafting briefs and motions, responding to discovery requests and managing discovery efforts in state and federal cases as well as multidistrict litigation. John’s motion practice has resulted in the successful dismissal of parties from complex cases as well as the defense of removals to federal court. In addition to his pharmaceutical drug work, John has represented individuals and companies in Securities and Exchange Commission investigations, including a stock-promotion fraud investigation that resolved favorably.
John also values his pro bono work. In one case, he persuaded an immigration court in Virginia to grant asylum to his North African client, who asserted asylum from a terrorist group. The federal government initially contested the asylum claim but ultimately agreed with John’s position after a hearing on the matter.
Before joining Shook, John worked with the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Illinois as a special assistant U.S. attorney in the Fraud and Corruption Section. In this position, he managed numerous criminal prosecutions and argued before the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. While pursuing his L.L.M. in national security law, John served as a law intern in the Criminal Division, Fraud Section of the U.S. Department of Justice.
Publications and Presentations
Editorial Board, The Electronic Discovery Institute’s Guide to Spoliation.
Manufacturing Litigation—How Plaintiff Advertising Affects Mass Tort Litigation, Shook, Hardy & Bacon's Update of the Law, Kansas City, Mo. (June 2016).
Attorney Duty to Search Case.net for Juror Nondisclosure: Missouri Supreme Court Rule 69.025, 76 Mo. L. Rev. 493 (2011).