John uses his extensive tax, accounting and business acumen to advise clients on a wide range of tax, executive compensation and employee benefits matters, and is dedicated to providing clients with the highest quality legal services in a timely and responsive manner.
“I continually strive to see the world from the client's perspective in order to discover the best solutions to address their needs.”
With this straightforward mission in mind, John represents and advises public and private sector employers, emerging growth companies, nonprofit institutions and individual executives on the full range of tax and employee benefit matters, including executive employment agreements, change-in-control plans, retention programs, equity compensation plans (stock options, restricted stock, RSUs, PSUs, ISOs, phantom stock), performance-based incentive arrangements, qualified retirement plans, ESOPs, nonqualified deferred compensation plans (Section 409A), golden parachute payments (Section 280G), SERPs, Directors’ deferred fee plans, severance plans, workforce reduction programs, health and welfare plans and VEBAs. John also advises clients on tax and ERISA issues arising in corporate M&A transactions, joint ventures, bankruptcy proceedings, litigation and collective bargaining negotiations, and represents clients before the Internal Revenue Service, Department of Labor and Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation.
John is the author of the Bloomberg BNA’s Tax Management Portfolio (TMP 364) – Qualified Plans - Treatment in Mergers, Acquisitions and Other Corporate Transaction. He is also the author of “Equity Incentive Arrangements for Partnerships and LLCs” which is maintained as a permanent chapter in Bloomberg BNA’s Executive & Director Compensation Reference Guide.
John was selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2019 and 2020 editions for Tax Law.
Prior to entering the legal profession, John practiced as a CPA with the accounting firm of Deloitte & Touche in Washington, D.C.
Duquesne University School of Law, J.D., 1994, cum laude
Maryland, C.P.A, 1988
Indiana University of Pennsylvania, B.S., 1986, Accounting and Management Information Systems