John provides clients with skilled advice on general corporate and public law matters. In particular, John counsels private equity funds on formation and investor matters and closely-held clients on mergers, acquisitions and venture capital arrangements. He provides counsel to venture capital and buyout funds, e-commerce start-up companies and investors in such funds and companies.
John is a partner in Calfee’s corporate practice and government relations groups. John provides clients with skilled advice on general corporate and public law matters. His corporate practice focuses on counseling private equity funds on formation and investor matters and closely held clients on mergers, acquisitions and venture capital arrangements. He provides counsel to venture capital and buyout funds, e-commerce start-up companies and investors in such funds and companies. Frequently, John will coordinate the legal aspects of fund investment activity in a variety of portfolio companies and thereafter provide ongoing counsel to such portfolio companies during their period of ownership by a fund and ultimately conduct the legal aspects of the portfolio company sale process. John’s experience also includes handling business financings, private placements, general real estate matters and advising domestic and international companies on matters of corporate structuring. For a list of John’s Representative Transactions, click here.
A frequent lecturer, John has spoken at the Case Western Reserve University Weatherhead School of Management, at various telecommunications seminars and before the Family Business Planning Institute.
John is a member of the Cuyahoga County Republican Central Committee and was a member of the Cleveland Host Committee for the 2016 Republican National Convention. He has been involved in numerous local, Ohio and federal election campaigns and was an original member of America’s Majority Trust (2001), a leadership PAC established by Rob Portman during his tenure as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives. He also served on Rob Portman’s Campaign Finance Committee (2009-2010) during Portman’s successful campaign for the United States Senate and served on Senator Portman’s reelection campaign Finance Committee (2015-2016). John serves on the Case Western Reserve University, Government Relations Advisory Committee.
John received a B.S. from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Services and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.