About John

Labor and employment law constantly evolves and challenges the most experienced business leaders. Since co-founding the firm in 2008, John has focused his practice on helping executives and HR professionals not just understand their legal obligations, but also make sound business decisions that are compliant, compassionate, and practical for their organizations.

John educates clients and the business community on important labor and employment law topics. He regularly presents at seminars on subjects ranging from the Family and Medical Leave Act and Americans with Disabilities Act to workplace harassment and social media. Sometimes, a company’s leaders don’t see eye-to-eye with employees, and disputes arise. John fights for businesses in all forms of litigation, including:

  • Administrative charges in agencies such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Indiana Civil Rights Commission, and National Labor Relations Board
  • Arbitrations before labor arbitrators
  • Trials and appeals in federal and state courts
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution

Since 2004, John has served on the adjunct faculty of the Notre Dame Law School in the Deposition Skills course. He also teaches deposition skills to practicing attorneys as a faculty member for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy.

John is a registered civil mediator, focusing his mediation practice on disputes involving labor and employment law.

Experience

In his practice, John has:

  • Defended a Berkshire Hathaway company in an employment discrimination trial in federal court, obtaining a jury verdict for the defense.
  • Defended one of the world’s largest recreational vehicle manufacturers against a class and collective action alleging improper payment of wages under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act and state law.
  • Defended a manufacturer of truck caps and tonneau covers in an employment discrimination trial in federal court, which resulted in a jury verdict for the defense.
  • On behalf of a radiology practice located in central Illinois, obtained dismissal of a seven-figure claim arising from a dispute between the practice and a former physician-shareholder.
  • Defended an international manufacturer of valve fittings against claims of employment discrimination.
  • Defended an education non-profit against claims for breach of employment agreement.
  • Defended a non-profit serving children and families against claims of employment discrimination.
  • Defended a national health system’s facilities in northern Indiana against claims of employment discrimination, including in a multi-plaintiff dispute involving claims filed in federal court and unfair labor practice charges filed with the NLRB.
  • Represented an international manufacturer of medical devices in employment discrimination litigation.
  • Defended a small metal fabrication business against an employment discrimination claim in the Indiana Civil Rights Commission.
  • Represented a restaurant franchise in EEOC conciliation proceedings.
  • Represented a defense contractor in labor arbitration of a grievance alleging wrongful termination.
  • Defended numerous federal employment discrimination cases resolved at summary judgment.
  • Helped the firm’s clients minimize the risk of litigation by managing their workforces consistently with federal, state, and local employment laws.
  • Conducted and advised employers on multiple internal investigations into allegations of workplace misconduct.
  • Advised a local association of building contractors in their negotiations over collective bargaining agreements with labor unions.
  • Drafted and negotiated employment contracts, including confidentiality, non-competition, and non-solicitation agreements, for both individuals and businesses.
  • Delivered training for clients and trade groups in Indiana and Illinois on issues such as sexual harassment, FMLA and ADA compliance, and wage and hour issues.
  • Served as a mediator in multiple federal employment discrimination cases.

Education

  • Notre Dame Law School, J.D.
    • Managing Editor of the Notre Dame Journal of Law, Ethics and Public Policy
  • University of Notre Dame, B.A., magna cum laude

Admissions

  • Indiana
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana
  • U.S. District Courts for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit