• Tulane University School of Law, LLM (with distinction), 1989
  • Duquesne University School of Law, JD, 1988
  • Heidelberg College, BA, 1984

John is a partner in the New York office and represents clients with matters relating to all types of transportation issues, including: marine casualties and wreck removals, transportation loss and damage (marine, air and surface), charter parties, maritime attachments, the drafting of bills of lading and service contracts, vessel financing and documentation, transportation regulation issues, such as FMC filings, international contracts, import and export, international trade, trade regulation, sanctions and international joint ventures. John also represents corporate clients with regard to formation, required filings, and general corporate counselling, contract and casualty matters.

Throughout his years of practice, he has represented virtually every category of transportation client – from maritime to surface to air – before federal and state courts and in arbitration proceedings before the Society of Maritime Arbitrators, the American Arbitration Association and the Judicial Arbitration and Mediation Services. He has also counselled clients with regard to trade compliance, sanctions and finance matters. In addition, John has worked closely with federal and state regulators. 

Qualifications and admissions

  • New York
  • US Court of Appeals, Second and Fourth Circuits
  • US District Court, Eastern, Northern and Southern Districts of New York

Market recognition

  • Top Lawyers of New York as published in the National Law Journal
  • Top Lawyers of New York as published in New York Magazine
  • AV Peer Rating from Martindale-Hubbell

Work highlights

  • Conduct yearly seminar for export shippers on US export regulations and sanctions
  • Advise foreign government with regard to proposed hydro-electric project
  • Counsel foreign buyer with regard to US regulation of US-flagged shipping industry
  • Assist international transportation intermediary with regard to enforcement action by federal regulatory body
  • Advised a P&I insurer with regard to the sinking of a tug boat while at its dock in Alaska
  • Advised a P&I insurer with regard to a jack-up barge punch through and resultant wreck removal
  • Represented P&I insurer with regard to personal injury to crew member seeking multi-million dollar recovery for unseaworthiness
  • Advised marine insurer with regard to claims for environmental damage to endangered turtle nesting area
  • Successfully represented trucking company with regard to the unexplained loss of cargo during international carriage
  • Successfully represented ocean carrier with regard to multi-million dollar loss of cargo during intermodal carriage
  • Represented international banking institution with regard to state court attachment of New York based correspondent bank account
  • Advised international commodities trader with regard to claimed breach of sales contract

Presentations and publications

  • “Russian sanctions: A global view,” In-House Client Training (October 2022)
  • Co-author, "Logistics providers beware! - in transit financing agreements may result in a loss of protections," published for Kennedys (December 2018)
  • Co-author, “Volcafe Decision Examined From UK and US Perspective,” published for Kennedys (December 2018)
  • “Export Regulation and Compliance,” In-House Client Training (October 2018)
  • “International Transport Documentation: What the Shipper Needs to Know,” presented at ExportNY (April 2018)