Born and bred in Des Moines, Iowa, John came to us by way of Nashville and Los Angeles, spending nearly a decade in the media and entertainment business. John honed his business chops managing a commercial recording studio, producing and engineering records for major label artists, and working with major music publishers managing large songwriting catalogs. Through these experiences, John has developed a deep familiarity with the arcane and complex intellectual property issues business owners face on a daily basis.
An avid writer, John has been published in the ABA Entertainment & Sports Lawyer, the Des Moines Register, and IDEA, one of the nation’s leading intellectual property law journals. He was also recognized onstage in Los Angeles during GRAMMY Week 2020, having won Runner-Up in the Entertainment Law Initiative, a national legal writing competition sponsored by the Recording Academy.
Some of John’s publications include:
Blunt Advice: A Crash Course in Cannabis Trademarks
60, IDEA: The Law Review for the Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property, 2020
Play It Again, Sam: The Free-Market Case for Government Intervention in the Music Streaming Sector
36, ABA Entertainment & Sports Lawyer, Spring 2020
Grassley Brings Harmony to Work on Music Licensing
Des Moines Register, Mar. 3, 2020
As an IP attorney, John helps businesses, innovators, and creatives manage, protect, and develop their brands, start-ups, businesses, and IP portfolio (in and out of court).
Drake University Law School
J.D., with Honors
Drake Journal of Agricultural Law
Berklee College of Music
B.A., cum laude, Music Production & Engineering
Iowa State Bar
Proud papa to a sweet English bulldog named Betsie
Thinks the best time of the year is the Stanley Cup Playoffs
Owns more pairs of boots from Red Wing Shoes® than we think is healthy