John is an experienced trial lawyer, having tried more than 20 jury trial to verdict in multiple jurisdictions. Clients typically retain John to handle complex litigation matters to be resolved at trial or arbitration. As a result, his litigation experience spans a broad spectrum of industries, including banking and financial services, commercial lending, technology, transportation and logistics, product manufacturers, and sports and leisure.
A significant portion of John’s legal practice is dedicated to representing regional and national banks and financial services institutions. For these clients, he handles matters involving consumer finance and lending, commercial workouts, commercial foreclosures, and other matters involving business torts and contracts. John's work encompasses strategic planning, pre-litigation counseling, alternative dispute resolution, and trials.
John is also very active in promotion of diversity and inclusion in the legal profession. As current Chair of Hanson Bridgett’s Diversity and Inclusion Network, he oversees the implementation and execution of firm-wide policies having an impact on diverse attorneys and partners both within the firm and in the community in which he serves, including pipe-line programs and mentoring and retention initiatives. In 2011, John was selected as Hanson Bridgett’s Fellow for the inaugural Fellows Program for the nationally recognized Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD). LCLD was launched by Fortune 500 General Counsels to address the issue of diversity and inclusion in the legal profession. The LCLD Fellows Program is designed to increase diversity at the leadership and “high-potential” levels within law firms and corporate legal departments throughout the country. Within LCLD, John also assumes several other leadership roles in various initiatives.
In addition to litigation, John has also served as general counsel and trusted advisor to emerging companies in the software, telecommunications, mobile service, e-commerce and retail industries, as well as for the de Young Museum and the San Francisco Museum of Fine Arts.
Prior to joining Hanson Bridgett, John served as a deputy district attorney for Contra Costa County, where served as trial supervisor for the municipal trial team for the Western Criminal Division of Contra Costa County.
"A Component Parts Manufacturer's Guide to Strict Product Liability Litigation in California," Emerging Issues in Motor Vehicle Products Liability Litigation, American Bar Association (March 2007)
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"Your Leadership DNA, Made in America," moderator, Ascend West Coast Annual Conference (June 2012)
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