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John joined Reed Smith in 2010 and is a member of the Real Estate Group. His practice includes commercial real estate leasing, ground leasing, real estate development, and all forms of commercial and real estate finance transactions and asset-based loans. John also has significant litigation experience. At the trial level, he has drafted and argued law and motion matters, motions to dismiss, ex parte applications, and discovery disputes. John has taken and defended depositions, conducted mediations, and successfully defended a solo three-day bench trial resulting in a complete dismissal for his client. John has worked on litigation in both state and federal courts in California, New Mexico, Montana, Oklahoma, New York and New Jersey. John also has appellate experience in both the California Court of Appeal and the United States Court of Appeal for the Ninth Circuit.


  • University of California, Davis School of Law, 2009, J.D., Managing Editor, UC Davis Law Review; Patrick J. Hopkins Writing Award – best paper by a law review editor; UC Davis School of Law Civil Rights Clinic
  • Loyola Marymount University, 2004, B.A., Philosophy and Music, magna cum laude, Undergraduate Scholar of the Year – Department of Philosophy; University Honors Program,
    Alpha Sigma Nu

  • California

  • U.S. District Court - Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court - Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court - Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court - Western District of California
  • U.S. District Court - Southern District of California