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John belongs to the firm's Litigation practice group, and focuses on business litigation. In his twenty-four years of practice with Brouse McDowell, John has conducted many contract and commercial actions, but also injury, family law, and fraud litigation. His work ranges from legal counseling and advocacy for individuals and small companies to participating on teams handling complex cases for large enterprises. John handles all aspects of dispute resolution, from pretrial negotiations through post-trial proceedings and appeals.

Areas of Practice

  • Dispute Resolution
  • Civil Litigation
  • Criminal Defense
  • Domestic Relations

Bar Admissions

  • Ohio, 1985
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 1985
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Ohio, 1985
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit
  • Supreme Court of Ohio


  • Case Western Reserve University Law School, Cleveland, Ohio
    • JD - 1985
  • University of Detroit
    • Master of Arts - 1981
    • Major: Philosophy
  • John Carroll University, Cleveland, Ohio
    • Bachelor of Arts - 1977

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority, Chairman of the Board of Trustees
  • Humane Society of Greater Akron, President of the Board of Directors
  • Summit County Community Partnership, Board Member
  • Akron Bar Association , Member
  • Common Pleas & Appellate Courts Committee , Chairman, 2004 to 2006
  • American Bar Associations , Member
  • Ohio State Bar Association, Member
  • Summit County Common Pleas Court, Mediation Advisory Council
  • Charles F. Scanlon and Judge Samuel H. Bell Inn of Court, Member

Pro Bono Activities

  • Chairman, Board of Directors, Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority
  • President, Humane Society of Greater Akron
  • Member, Leadership Akron Alumni Association (Class XVI)
  • Blossom Board of the Cleveland Orchestra
  • Board of the First Friday Club of Greater Akron
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