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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.

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.  

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

Education

J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, 1984

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

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

Experience

Experience

  • MCM Capital Partners
    • Acquisition of American Made Shutters
    • Acquisition of Performance Plastics
    • Sale of Primary Packaging
  • Westlake Reed Leskosky
    • Sale of Company
  • Canal Mezzanine Partners
    • Sale of Quatech
  • Richard Martinko
    • Sale of Heat Seal
  • Avondale Partners
    • 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

America’s Majority Trust, member, 2001

Rob Portman’s Campaign Finance Committee, member, 2009-2010

Senator Portman’s reelection campaign Finance Committee, member, 2015-2016

Case Western Reserve University, Government Relations Advisory Committee, member  

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  • District of Columbia
  • Ohio 
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