John is Chair of the Corporate and Business Transactions Practice. He also serves as Chair of the Firm’s Charitable Foundation.
Representing both public and private companies, John focuses his practice primarily in the areas of mergers, acquisitions, securities, executive compensation, and related corporate issues and activities. In particular, he has extensive experience advising and representing financial institutions of all sizes in all business transactions and corporate and regulatory matters. Clients include regional and community banks, insurance companies, insurance brokers, trust companies, broker/dealers, consumer finance companies, and factoring companies.
In addition, as a veteran corporate attorney providing a breadth of experience and resources, John regularly advises and represents a variety of both regulated and non-regulated businesses regarding a host of corporate matters, including business combinations, joint ventures, minority and majority equity investments, securities matters, capital raising transactions, fiduciary duties, antitrust issues, and executive and incentive compensation arrangements. John has also served as outside general counsel for a family office and other corporate clients.
John is distinguished as a leading corporate attorney by Chambers and Partners. He is also consistently recognized in The Best Lawyers in America©, which tapped John as the "Lawyer of the Year" for several years in Corporate Governance Law and Financial Services Regulation Law.
John earned his J.D. from Vanderbilt University School of Law, where he served on the Vanderbilt Law Review. He holds a B.A. with High Distinction from the University of Virginia (Phi Beta Kappa). For high school, he attended Memphis University School in Memphis, Tennessee.
"He is as smart a lawyer as I’ve worked with. He is exceptionally bright and committed. Whenever John is involved, I know how, when and where things will get done. He is very talented."
"He is good at working through complex issues, why we should or shouldn’t care about what other sides want, and what we can prioritize. He is levelheaded, calm and extraordinarily well organized and thorough."
“John is one of the smartest lawyers I have ever worked with. He is absolutely outstanding.”
“He is brilliant – practical, pragmatic, efficient, and thorough. Some lawyers take too much time to be thorough and that’s not efficient, but John does not work like that. I can count on him on all of the relevant issues.”
“He is very experienced, very level-headed, and extremely smart. A very calm and level-headed personality is key in negotiations.”
"He's supremely organized and always looking for innovative solutions to issues. He is a fabulous negotiator and gets deals done."
"John is excellent. He is thorough, detailed, responsive, and has a calm and rational demeanor."