As a litigator, John helps clients reach the most cost-effective resolution of their dispute. Prior to trial, he has helped resolve contract disputes, shareholder and other business owner disputes, employment grievances, and products liability claims. John relishes the opportunity to advocate on a client’s behalf and has drafted dispositive trial motions as well as briefs filed with the Oregon Supreme Court, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court.
As a member of the closely-held business team, John helps clients develop cost-effective practices to protect their brands, original ideas, and other investments in intellectual property. To this end, he advises clients on trademark and copyright issues, licensing agreements and ownership transfers, trade secret development and protections, employee issues involving intellectual property, and legal issues related to the Internet, including, but not limited to, issues with cyber-squatting and domain names, website terms and use agreements, e-commerce, and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
John is admitted to practice in Oregon, the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon, and U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He is a member of the Owen M. Panner Inn of Court, the Oregon State Bar, and the Multnomah Bar Association (MBA), and in 2014, John is serving on the Executive Committee for the IP Section of the Oregon State Bar. He currently volunteers for the MBA’s Imprint Program, which seeks to help middle and high school students connect with attorneys and to develop writing and analytic skills, the Domestic Violence Volunteer Lawyers Project, and Lewis & Clark Law School’s Small Business Legal Clinic.
John earned a J.D. from Lewis & Clark Law School, graduating magna cum laude and receiving a certificate in Environmental and Natural Resources Law. John served as an associate editor of Environmental Law and wrote for the Ninth Circuit Review, summarizing significant appellate decisions relating to administrative, environmental, natural resources, and public lands law. He also earned a B.A. in American Studies from the University of Kansas, graduating with highest distinction.
“What is Crowdfunding? And, How Can it Help My Business?” HLGR Business News (August 14, 2013)
“District of Oregon Tackles Personal Jurisdiction Involving Trademark Infringement on the Internet (Again) in L&A Designs, LLC v. Xtreme ATVS, Inc.,”Federal Bar Association Newsletter (Fall 2012)
“Trademark Clearance is a Sound Business Decision for New Business Names or Product Lines,” HLGR Intellectual Property E-News (June 28, 2012)
“Nastygrams Can Backfire on Trademark Owners,” HLGR Intellectual Property E-News (May 1, 2012)
“The Friends of Yosemite Valley Saga: The Challenge of Addressing the Merced River’s User Capacities,” 39 Envtl. L. 833 (2009)
“New legislation limits garnishment of electronically-deposited public and retirement benefits,” Elder Law Section Newsletter (Oregon State Bar), April 2010 (co-authored with Leslie Kay).