John has been a commercial trial lawyer for over 25 years.  During that time, he has represented public companies, international service firms, small and mid-sized companies and high net-worth individuals.


John represents clients in a wide variety of industries, including travel and transportation, accounting, computer and information technology, chemical, real estate, and insurance.  His expertise extends to securities litigation, antitrust, contracts, accountant and other professional liability, employment, covenants not to compete, trade secrets, and insurance coverage, among other areas.


In addition to litigation, John has assisted a number of clients in internal or governmental investigations, including investigations conducted by the Securities & Exchange Commission, the Office of the New York Attorney General, the Internal Revenue Service and the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy.




State Bar of Texas, 1993


State Bar of California, 1985 (inactive)


John is also admitted to the United States Supreme Court, the United States Courts of Appeal for the Fourth, Fifth and Eleventh Circuits, and the United States District Courts for the Northern, Southern and Eastern Districts of Texas, as well as the Central District of California.



Representative Matters


Successfully defended a chemical company in one of the few toxic tort class actions ever to go to trial.


Represented numerous employers in "covenant not to compete"/trade secrets matters.


Defended "Big 4" accounting firm in securities litigation arising out the financial collapse of Safety-Kleen Corporation.


Defended beauty supply company in alleged gray market dispute involving professional beauty products.


Represented U.S. travel technology company in breach of contract action, successfully obtaining a settlement publicly reported to be $37 million.


Represented "Big Four" accounting firm in criminal tax investigation.


Defended major semiconductor and electronics manufacturer in action arising out of failed consumer telephone system development project.


Defended U.S. travel technology company in arbitration for commission allegedly due on multimillion-dollar sale to Pakistani airline.


Represented defendant in action filed under state securities laws arising out of failed limited partnerships in a bench trial.


Represented travel company in Internet advertising investigation by New York Attorney General.


Represented plaintiff, a real estate investment advisor, in breach of contract/fraud action arising out of real estate development loan in a jury trial.


Defended "Big Four" accounting firm in an action relating to the sale of an insurance company in a jury trial.


Represented beauty supply company in franchise disputes.