John's Profile

John represents leading financial services and insurance institutions in high-stakes cases involving a wide variety of coverage lines including professional and commercial liability, life, disability, and property coverage. His practice focuses primarily on the bad faith arena. He has litigated cases at the trial and appellate levels throughout the Southeast and across the country.

Prior to joining Maynard, John clerked for the Honorable Emmett R. Cox on the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. As a law student, he served as Georgia Law Review’s Editor in Chief.

Before attending law school, John worked as a congressional aide and concentrated on health policy issues.

John's Experience

Strickland v. Broome, No. 19-60176, 2020 WL 2280218 (5th Cir. May 7, 2020) (affirming dismissal of breach of fiduciary duty and constructive claims in action involving disputed payment of life insurance proceeds)

Hartford Cas. Ins. Co. v. Gelshenen, 387 F. Supp. 3d 634 (W.D.N.C. 2019), aff’d sub nom. Hartford Cas. Ins. Co. v. Davis & Gelshenen, LLP, 801 F. App'x 915 (4th Cir. 2020) – Obtained judgment on the pleadings in trial court and affirmance on appeal that insurer had no duty to defend or indemnify policyholder in putative class action for alleged violation of Driver’s Privacy Protection Act. See also Hartford Cas. Ins. Co. v. Greve, No. 3:17CV183-GCM, 2017 WL 5557669 (W.D.N.C. Nov. 17, 2017), aff’d sub nom. Hartford Cas. Ins. Co. v. Ted A. Greve & Assocs., PA, 742 F. App’x 738 (4th Cir. 2018); Hartford Cas. Ins. v. Swapp Law, PLLC, 358 F. Supp. 3d 1210 (D. Utah 2018)

Coast Inv. Grp., LLC v. Twin City Fire Ins. Co., No. 8:15-CV-359-T-36TGW, 2016 WL 4690392 (M.D. Fla. Jan. 29, 2016), aff'd sub nom. Abel Band, Chartered v. Twin City Fire Ins. Co., 686 F. App'x 834 (11th Cir. 2017) (affirming judgment on the pleadings that insurer had no duty to defend or indemnity insured under professional liability policy)

Am. Gen. Life Ins. Co. v. Harshman, No. CV 2013-129-WOB-REW, 2015 WL 5474177 (E.D. Ky. Sept. 17, 2015) (granting summary judgment for insurer in action involving contested life insurance claim)

John's Awards

  • Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch for Insurance Law, Litigation - Banking and Finance (2021)
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers "Rising Star" in Insurance Coverage (2017 - present)

Bar Admissions

State Bar: Alabama, Georgia

  • University of Georgia School of Law
    • (2011, J.D., magna cum laude; Georgia Law Review, Editor in Chief; Order of the Coif)

  • Wake Forest University
    • (2005, B.A., magna cum laude with Honors in Political Science, Phi Beta Kappa, Mortar Board)


Senior Judge, Emmett Ripley Cox
United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, 2011-2012

Thursday, August 20, 2020

168 Maynard Cooper & Gale Attorneys Listed in The Best Lawyers© in America 2021

Birmingham, AL. (August 20, 2020) Maynard Cooper & Gale is pleased to announce that 168 of the Firm’s attorneys have been recognized in the 2021 edition of The Best Lawyers in America©, a peer-review guide highlighting attorneys with significant achievements in their areas of practice. With 76 practice areas listed...

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Monday, January 13, 2020


BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (January 13, 2020) — Maynard Cooper & Gale (Maynard Cooper) is pleased to announce the promotion of five attorneys, effective January 1, 2020: Sarah S. Glover, James “Jay” C. Lester, John A. Little, Jr., and Finis E. St. John V were promoted as shareholders, and Chitra M. Kalyanaraman...

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Friday, November 9, 2018


The recently released edition of the U.S. News-Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” positions Maynard Cooper in the National Tier Rankings in 10 areas of practice, including Commercial Litigation, Corporate Law, Land Use & Zoning Law, Litigation-ERISA, Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Defendants, Mergers & Acquisitions Law, Mining Law, Patent Litigation...

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