After receiving his bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University in 1984, John attended law school at Washington University in St. Louis. He received his law degree in 1987, and worked at a nationally recognized litigation firm in Kansas City, Missouri before heading to University of Cambridge (Trinity Hall) in Great Britain to study for his LL.M. degree. Cambridge conferred an LL.M. on John, with an emphasis International Securities Law in 1987.
John then joined the bankruptcy and finance law boutique firm Dixon & Dixon, PC. He concentrated on bankruptcy work, corporate restructuring work, and securities work, primarily under the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. While at Dixon & Dixon, John helped found the firm’s office in Kuwait City, Kuwait immediately after the end of the first Gulf War.
Wanting to become a litigator, John left Dixon & Dixon to join the United States Air Force as a judge advocate. His first assignment was as a prosecutor at Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan. That assignment was followed by his appointment as an Area Defense Counsel at Kadena, defending airmen charged with crimes under the Uniform Code of Military Justice. In 1997, John was assigned to the Office of the Chief Trial Attorney of the United States Air Force at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio. While based at Wright-Paterson, John represented the Air Force before the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals, located in Falls Church, Virginia. John represented the Air Force in a wide variety of government contract claims, ranging from simple supply contracts, military construction projects, research and development contracts, and satellite systems contracts.
John left the Air Force in 1999, and joined the Las Vegas office of the preeminent Nevada law firm Lionel, Sawyer & Collins. As a partner at that firm, John represented a wide variety of business and governmental clients in complex litigation, with a concentration on construction matters.
John has served as an arbitrator with the American Arbitration Association, specializing in construction matters, and testified as an expert witness on drafting construction contracts.