Currently a dispute resolution neutral, primarily as arbitrator.
Previously (until 1999 in private practice) antitrust, trade regulation
and general commercial litigation and international matters.
University of New Mexico, BBA 1955
University of Oxford (Rhodes Scholar), BA in Jurisprudence 1957, MA
Harvard Law School, JD 1962
Dispute Resolution Training regularly since 1994 to fulfill American
Arbitration Association requirements for commercial, large complex case
and international panels; CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution training
annually since 1988; LCIA symposia since 1998.
Called to the
Supreme Court of the State of Illinois, 1962
United States District Court (N.D. Ill.), 1962
United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, 1965
Supreme Court of the United States, 1966
From 1962 until January 1999, John practiced at Kirkland & Ellis
in Chicago. Prior to his retirement at age 65, John worked in the areas
of antitrust and trade regulation (both civil and criminal litigation),
product liability and general business litigation. In the late 1990s,
John had responsibility for certain loss prevention matters at Kirkland
& Ellis, including active supervision of the conflicts of interest
Since retiring from private practice, John has continued his active
arbitration practice which began in 1967. He has arbitrated 32
significant commercial cases since 1990, under AAA commercial rules
(including ICDR international rules), CPR rules, ICC rules and CIDRA rules,
some as panel chair and a number as sole arbitrator.
His experience includes cases involving numerous industries such as
pharmaceutical, petroleum products, sports equipment, asbestos, pulp and
paper, glass containers, automobiles, tires and newspapers. Disputes
resolved recently by John as an arbitrator have involved domestic and
international contract matters, intellectual property and ownership of
technology, computer service agreements, real estate sales and
development, sale of goods, requirements contracts and supply contracts,
employment agreements and compensation, fee agreements, damage claims,
pipeline construction, agency and representation agreements, and
Activities and Associations
John is a fellow of the College of Commercial Arbitrators (member, CCA
Board of Directors), a founding director of the Chicago International
Dispute Resolution Association, and a panel member of ADR Chambers
International. He is a member of the American and Chicago Bar Associations.
In the International Bar Association, John has served as co-chairman of
the General Professional Programme Committee (1996-2004) and as a member
of the Council of the Professional and Public Interest Division (since
1994; elected a life member in 2000). In 2002 he was made an
honorary life member of the IBA.
John has chaired the continuing legal education committees in the ABA
and the IBA. From 1985 to 2005 he served on the ALI-ABA Committee
on Continuing Professional Education.
John is president of the Association of American Rhodes Scholars and
is active on behalf of Oxford University in various positions. He is a
retired U. S. Naval Reserve officer, having served as a regular USN
officer during 1957-60.