Born in the steel and mining country of western Pennsylvania John has never lost sight of the value of hard work and perseverance. Later moving to southern Colorado where he attended The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs graduating with a degree in communications in 1987 he was the first of his generation in his family to attend college. He went on to attend Washburn University School of Law on a merit scholarship. He returned to Colorado after graduation from law school in 1992 where he practiced for three years in a firm noted throughout the state for representation of serious criminal charges and plaintiffs work. There he had the opportunity to learn from one of Colorado's most storied and notorious trial lawyers. Moving back to Kansas in 1995 he has continued to spend the majority of his time in the courtroom. He has tried approximately three dozen civil jury trials to verdict including numerous defense verdicts when working for the defendant as well as obtaining the largest plaintiffs personal injury verdict in Atchison County history where he recovered a jury award in excess of $850,000.
He is also counsel of record in over 20 cases in the Appellate Courts of Kansas and Colorado; has 10 published decisions, including 4 Kansas Supreme Court decisions, establishing new law in the state in such diverse areas as occupational diseases, Grandparent Visitation Rights, as well as the application of Social Security disability benefits to child support obligations. Three of these Kansas Supreme Court cases are among the first in the nation in the various areas that they covered and continue to be cited in other jurisdictions as well as throughout the State of Kansas.
Licensed in the states of Kansas, Missouri, and Colorado; he actively litigates matters in Kansas and Missouri in the areas of plaintiffs personal injury cases, insurance defense, estate and trust litigation, and domestic relations matters.
John maintains a fairly broad-based practice related to transactional work in estate planning, probate matters, real estate matters, business formations and acquisitions including transitioning businesses from one generation to the next.
A long history of being active in the community, John has served on numerous nonprofit boards of local entities, frequently serving on the executive committees or as chairperson including the Atchison Family YMCA, the All Faith Counseling Center, the Domestic Violence Emergency Services (D.O.V.E.S.) board, the Atchison Rotary Foundation board, and the City of Atchison Budget and Audit Committee.
John and his wife Sandy wife Live in Atchison with their Boston terriers where they enjoy traveling together, John enjoys spending time exercising, and his wife continues her hobby of genealogy.
John is licensed to practice law in the States of Kansas, Missouri, and Colorado along with being admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts in the District of Colorado, the District of Kansas, and the Western District of Missouri. He is a member of the Atchison Bar Association, the Kansas Bar Association, and the Missouri bar.