With over 18 years of experience as a federal white collar prosecutor and Department of Justice leader, and over 20 years of leadership experience as a Marine Corps Officer, John has a sophisticated and deep understanding of government agencies and investigations and extensive experience leading through crises.
John has successfully tried over 50 cases as lead trial counsel in civil and criminal matters, and has conducted numerous investigations and litigated matters in the health care, financial services, banking, defense, education, and telecommunications industries including:
- a $3.5 billion fraud prosecution of Thomas Petters,
- a $3.5 million jury verdict in a bankruptcy adversary proceeding seeking clawback of fraud transfers,
- a Medicare upcoding investigation of Columbia/HCA resulting in criminal and civil penalties of over $400 million,
- a prosecution of an organization that defrauded telecommunications companies of over $20 million, and
- a $7 million Medicare overpayments investigation.
John has extensive experience in crisis response and management, having served as a Crisis Management Coordinator with the Department of Justice, and a Marine Corps infantry officer. John has been repeatedly recognized by numerous governmental and private agencies for his firm and calm leadership and legal abilities.
John is co-chair of the firm's Government Enforcement and Corporate Investigations Practice Group.
Education & Admissions
University of Oregon School of Law (J.D., 1991), Order of the Coif; Law Review Distinguished Service Award; AmJur Award for Criminal Procedure
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (B.S., Chemical Engineering, 1985), National Merit Scholar; Undergraduate Research Opportunities Project
John has led multi-agency teams conducting multi-state and international investigations, and involving numerous industries. John has counseled on matters involving government ethics, government procurement processes, securities and banking regulatory and law enforcement actions, medical devices, health care compliance, cybersecurity, public corruption, national security, receiverships, and bankruptcy clawbacks. Representative cases include:
- Health care fraud schemes by chiropractors, ancillary service providers, hospitals, and insurance companies
- FDA enforcement actions for medical devices and pharmacies
- Fraud and self-dealing by bank officers selling participation loans and mortgages
- Fraud by disaster response company at the 9/11 evidence recovery sight and 2001 Siren tornado
- Securities fraud by hedge fund operators, technology startups, and financial services representatives
- Insider fraud and embezzlement by financial services company employees
- Investment fraud, tax fraud, and securities schemes pitching wind power, telecommunications schemes, prime banking notes, and real estate
- National security matters involving terrorism, cybersecurity, and foreign coups
- Bankruptcy adversary proceedings seeking clawback of fraudulent distributions
John has extensive experience developing and exercising multi-component crisis management plans. John is a graduate of the U.S. Marine Corps Infantry Officer Course, U.S. Army Ranger School, and U.S. Army Airborne Course.
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News & Press Mentions
Events & Speaking Engagements
Industries & Practices
- Anti-Corruption Group
- Banking & Financial Institutions
- Construction Litigation
- Cybersecurity, Privacy & Social Media
- Development & Infrastructure
- Energy & Natural Resources
- Government Enforcement & Corporate Investigations
- Indian & Alaska Native
- National Security Law
- MSBA North Star Lawyer, 2016-2017
- 2010 United States Attorney General's Distinguished Service Award, and the 2009 Minnesota Lawyer of the Year Award as co-lead counsel in the $3.5 billion Thomas Petters fraud prosecution
- 2002 Integrity Award from the Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General, 2002 for service as lead counsel in a $7 million Medicare overpayment investigation
- 2001 United States Attorney General's Award for Exceptional Service and DHHS OIG Cooperative Achievement Award for leadership in a Medicare upcoding investigation with civil and criminal recoveries of over $400 million