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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.

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. 

John helped to establish the firm’s Washington, D.C. office in January 2017.

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’s involvement in Ohio statewide politics began in 2002 in assisting then Auditor of State, Jim Petro, in his successful campaign for Ohio Attorney General that year leading to his appointment to Petro’s transition team and ongoing work as Special Counsel during Petro’s term as Attorney General from 2003-2007. In 2014, John served on Auditor of State, Dave Yost’s, finance team for his successful re-election campaign and assisted in coordinating Northeast Ohio campaign strategy. In 2018 he assisted Yost’s successful campaign for Ohio Attorney General with a focus on fundraising and grassroots outreach both in Northeast Ohio and Washington, D.C.

John serves on the Case Western Reserve University Government Relations Advisory Committee.  

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.

He received a B.S. from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.

Honors & Recognitions

  • The Best Lawyers in America©, Corporate Law (2021)


J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, 1984

B.S., International Finance and Economics, cum laude, Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, 1981

UCLA/Cambridge University, Trinity Hall College Summer Program, Winston S. Churchill and His Times, 1989



  • MCM Capital Partners 
    • Fund Formation Matters
    • Acquisition of American Made Shutters
    • Acquisition of Performance Plastics
    • Sale of Primary Packaging
  • Westlake Reed Leskosky
    • Sale of Company
  • Canal Mezzanine Partners
    • Fund Formation Matters
    • Sale of Quatech
  • Avondale Partners
    • Sale of Heat Seal
    • Acquisition of Signum Inc.
  • NineSigma Inc.
    • Equity Funding
  • GradSchoolLoans
    • Equity Funding

Professional & Community

Professional & Community

  • Cuyahoga County Republican Central Committee, Member
  • Cleveland Host Committee for the 2016 Republican National Convention, Member
  • Case Western Reserve University, Government Relations Advisory Committee, Member
  • Village of Gates Mills, Clerk (1991-2000)

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  • District of Columbia
  • Ohio 
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