John provides litigation and transactional services related to real property, construction, insurance defense, personal injury, health, dramshop liability & alcohol licensing, government regulation, and other commercial law matters. He has substantial experience in eminent domain law and has represented the Utah Department of Transportation, the Utah Transit Authority, and various local governments in direct or inverse condemnations lawsuits. John also provides significant guidance and representation to substance abuse programs, which are often subject to complex privacy regulations.
John was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut and has lived in Massachusetts, Texas, Florida, and North Carolina. He graduated from Davidson College with a B.A. in History and obtained his law degree from Florida State University. While in law school, John received certificates in land use, natural resources, and environmental law, all with honors, and was recognized for achieving highest grades in multiple property law courses.
Prior to joining the firm, John served as an Assistant Utah Attorney General where he litigated complex real property and eminent domain matters on behalf of the State of Utah and advised the University of Utah in its health care billing and disclosure efforts. He worked in the Attorney General’s State Agency Counsel Division, which is responsible for representing various state agencies, including the Utah Department of Transportation, Department of Alcohol and Beverage Control, and Labor Commission. John then joined the law firm of Williams & Hunt where he primarily litigated complex commercial, property, and construction claims , assisted community associations with their governance matters, and represented governmental entities in eminent domain, breach of contract, and negligence actions.
Professional Memberships & Recognitions
Utah Bar Association
Salt Lake County Bar Association
Utah State Bar Litigation Section
Utah State Bar Real Property Section
Utah State Bar Construction Law Section
Defense Research Institute
Listed by Super Lawyers
Board Member, Utah Legal Services (2020 – Present)
Board Member, Preservation Utah (2019 – Present)
Utah State Bar Examiner (2008 – 2019)
Baumann v. The Kroger Company, 2016 UT App 165 (Medical Malpractice)
Bacon v. Farm Bureau Property & Casualty Insurance, 2017 WL 5032526 (D. Utah 2017) (Insurance Bad Faith)
Dram Shop Liability and Alcohol Beverage Licensing & Compliance