John defends those who create jobs. Employers look to John to keep legal issues from adding unnecessary costs, distraction, or inefficiency to their workplaces.
John's work focuses upon (1) helping employers avoid litigation; (2) prevailing if litigation is unavoidable; (3) keeping the workplace union-free; (4) managing existing union relationships; and (5) protecting employers from unfair competition from former employees.
John brings a pragmatic eye to an employer’s objectives in order to take the most direct, cost-effective route to achieving them. For example:
- Avoiding litigation. Because plaintiff’s lawyers use a “no recovery/no fee” business model, John positions employment decisions so plaintiff’s counsel see challenging them as a “bad bet,” and the EEOC and other government agencies have little interest in them.
- Litigation. Realistic cost/benefit analysis, avoiding surprises, and a down-to-earth defense strategy characterize John’s litigation practice. Judges, juries, and government agencies lose sympathy for “sympathetic” plaintiffs when they see the burden they placed on co-workers. John empowers an employer’s factual and legal arguments by turning the focus from profits to protecting jobs and the day-to-day work life of solid employees.
- Unions. Unions can threaten the effectiveness of any workplace. Employers who face union organizing, negotiations, arbitrations, or contract interpretation need legal guidance steeped in labor law and the workplace dynamics unique to unions. John combines labor law knowledge with insight into the “workplace politics” that determine success or failure when facing a union.
- Unfair competition. Information, business contacts, and goodwill are often a firm’s most important assets in today’s economy. Employers must entrust these assets to their employees. John uses a practical understanding of what will work to protect these assets.
- Resources. John can rely upon a deep bench. John recently served a six year term as Chair of the firm’s over 50 lawyer Labor and Employment Practice Group. These lawyers offer diverse expertise, backgrounds, price-points, and local knowledge. John knows them well. Plus, John can call upon over 400 other lawyers across the firm when a labor or employment issue touches on another legal field.
John and his wife, Melissa, have four adult daughters. John’s favorite diversion is commuting to work on his motorcycle.