John earned his undergraduate degree at Virginia Military Institute and his J.D. at Washington & Lee School of Law. He limits his practice to Transportation, Construction, General Insurance, and Complex Commercial Law and Litigation. John’s legal expertise carries through in all areas of transportation law and litigation, including admiralty and maritime law, and motor carrier law and litigation, for more than 40 years, representing shipowners, non-vessel owning common carriers (NVOCCs) stevedoring companies, intermodal equipment providers, motor carriers, transportation brokers, freight forwarders, and their insurers. This practice has included personal injury and death, cargo loss and damage claims, ship collisions, groundings, environmental spills, and complex commercial litigation, in all federal and state courts, and before federal agencies such as the U.S. Coast Guard, Federal Aviation Administration, and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. John is a frequent contributor to transportation publications and speaks regularly at annual meetings of transportation associations.
He also represents Architects, Engineers, and Contractors in a variety of construction and construction-related claims, including complex and high-exposure claims, for more than twenty years. These include bodily injury and death claims, building collapses, delay claims, design deficiency and other claims, against Architects, and against Civil, Structural, Mechanical, Electrical, and Environmental Engineers, as well as defense of construction sureties.
Included throughout John’s practice is the representation of insurers and their insureds in general insurance claims and litigation, including professional and product liability claims, general liability, and the representation of insurers in complex coverage and reinsurance litigation.