jchapas@reedsmith.com

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John’s areas of practice include corporate, technology and finance law. John has acted as de facto general counsel for clients in the technology, manufacturing, financial services and professional services industries, among others. John understands the need for prompt, well-thought out answers, and has counseled both emerging and established businesses through their numerous stages of growth, business planning and corporate governance. He is an experienced team leader and has been actively involved in acquisitions, asset sales, redemptions and other transactions. In addition, he has negotiated numerous corporate relationships including outsourcing, joint ventures, e-commerce agreements, technology agreements, leasing transactions (for aircraft, rolling stock and other interests), website terms of use, podcast agreements, distribution agreements, purchase orders, business divorces, employment contracts, credit agreements (and related security interest documentation) and sports law media rights, sponsorship and production contracts.

Credentials

  • University of Virginia School of Law, 1996, J.D., Editorial Board, Journal of Social Policy and the Law; Member, Student Government
  • Miami University, 1993, B.S., Business, magna cum laude and with university honors, Beta Gamma Sigma; History minor

  • Pennsylvania

  • Allegheny County Bar Association – Member
  • Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church – Member, Parish Council (2010-2013)
  • Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America – Member, Board of Trustees for the Western Pennsylvania/West Virginia Chapter (2002-2009)