Areas of Practice
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 1961
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 Bar
Supreme Court of the State of
United States District Court (N.D.
United States Court of Appeals for
the Seventh Circuit, 1965
Supreme Court of the United States,
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 procedures.
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 transportation contracts.
Professional 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.