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John is a partner in the Insurance Recovery Group and affiliate member of the Energy and Natural Resources Group in Reed Smith's Chicago office. His practice focuses on representing policyholders in complex litigation and insurance coverage matters involving General and Excess Liability, OEE/Energy Package, D&O, Product Recall, First Party Property/Business Interruption, Pollution Liability, E&O, Cargo/Inland Transit and Crime/Fidelity coverage. In addition to wide experience with all major U.S. insurers, he has handled litigation, mediation and arbitration with Lloyd's and other London, European and Bermuda market insurers. His significant representations have encompassed major U.S. policyholders such as Anadarko Petroleum, Castleton Commodities International, Nicor Gas, International Game Technology, Tribune Company, Kraft Foods, and Republic Services and have involved claims throughout the U.S. and in Canada, the U.K., Italy, China, Brazil, Nicaragua, Japan, and West Africa. He has pursued coverage for his clients relating to some of the largest catastrophic events in recent history, including Deepwater Horizon, Superstorm Sandy, Hurricane Katrina, and a massive dam collapse in Brazil.


  • University of North Carolina School of Law, 1987, J.D., with honors
  • University of Denver, 1984, B.A., with honors

  • Illinois

  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Tenth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court - Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court - Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court - Western District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court - Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. Supreme Court

  • American Bar Association
    • Co-Chair, Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee, Section of Litigation (1997-2000)
    • Co-Chair, Manual for Complex Insurance Coverage Litigation Task Force Section of Litigation
    • Annual Meeting Program Co-Chair, Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee, Section of Litigation (1995 and 1996)
    • Member, Federal Practice Task Force of Section of Litigation (2000-2002)
  • American College of Coverage Counsel, Fellow (2018-Present)

Awards & Recognition

  • Ranked in Chambers USA for Illinois Insurance: Dispute Resolution (ranked Band 1 in 2022) and Nationwide Insurance: Dispute Resolution: Policyholder, 2003-2024
  • Selected through peer review for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© for Insurance Law, 2006-2024
  • Listed as "Hall of Fame" in The Legal 500 USA for Insurance: advice to policyholders, 2010-2024
  • Listed in Who's Who Legal for International Insurance and Reinsurance, 2006-present
  • Selected to the Illinois Super Lawyers list for Insurance Coverage, 2006-2023
  • Euromoney Expert Guides – Best of the Best USA – Insurance (2018)
  • National Law Journal Chicago Litigation Department of the Year: Insurance (2014, 2015, 2016)
  • ALM, Chicago Top Rated Lawyers
  • "AV" rating in Martindale-Hubbell (highest rating)