John graduated from Louisiana State University School of Law in 1974 and has been with the law firm of Stockwell, Sievert for the last 36 years. He has tried approximately 100 jury cases to decisions on different matters in State and Federal Court. He has also been involved in over 70 labor arbitration matters representing various industries. He has taught trial tactics as a faculty member of the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC) Trial Academy in Boulder, Colorado, and has given lectures for the Louisiana Bar Association and IADC on the issues of trial tactics, bad faith, fraud, medical malpractice, and employment issues. John litigated the first reported jury trial in Louisiana involving the Americans for Disability Act. He has been a member of the Steering Committee in Class Litigation representing Louisiana medical providers where he assisted in securing a Judgment for $260 Million Dollars and other Multi-Million Dollar settlements. He has also been a contributing writer to the IADC Arson and Fraud Handbook. As a result of his work, he has been recognized for his accomplishments by the following peer reviews:
The Best Lawyers in America – In the primary practice area of Labor and Employment Law, representing clients such as PPG Industries, Inc., Firestone Polymers, LLC, Sasol North America, and Citgo, in both Louisiana and Texas. Also in the primary practice area of Medical Malpractice Law, representing Lake Charles Memorial Hospital, West Calcasieu-Cameron Hospital, and various medical groups of physicians.
Martindale-Hubbell – Awarded a rating of AV preeminent, representing the highest possible rating in both legal ability and ethical standards.
Louisiana Super Lawyers 2011 – Recently selected for inclusion in the primary practice areas of Personal Injury Defense and Medical Malpractice.
Prior to law school, John served as a First Lieutenant in the United States Army, receiving the Bronze Star for Service in the Vietnam Conflict. Following his tour of duty in Vietnam, he served in the capacity as Hospital Administrator and Prosecutor at Fort Polk, Louisiana. John is involved in local and state community organizations including the Chamber of Commerce of Southwest Louisiana as Vice Chairman of Legislative Affairs and Legal Counsel as well as serving on the Board of Directors for ten years. He is also a member of the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry, Louisiana Chemical Association, and Louisiana Political Action Committee.