For John, it’s all about creating relationships. And for the past 20 years, John has relied on his ability to form these important relationships with clients, juries, peers, and the community to help him successfully represent personal injury victims across Middle Tennessee.
Starting his career as an insurance claims adjuster, he saw how his decisions could impact people’s lives—positively or negatively—after they’d been seriously injured by someone else’s carelessness. That’s when he began to realize the frustration of working for insurance companies, whose main products are promises in exchange for money—and those promises of coverage were broken far too often.
As a result, John decided to focus on combating those broken promises by attending law school. Now, as an experienced personal injury lawyer, he fights on behalf of deserving people who have been treated unfairly by those same insurance companies. And for John, his clients are more than a case number, which is why he stays in touch with many of them. In fact, he regularly calls former clients to simply catch up and see how they’re doing.
In addition to his law practice, John is committed to advancing the cause of his clients by serving as the legislative chair for the Tennessee Association for Justice. He’s also been elected by his peers to serve on the association’s Board of Governors each year since 2008. In 2018, John was recognized by the Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association with the Outstanding Trial Lawyer of the Year Award.
In 2012, he was selected to attend the prestigious Trial Lawyers College, which is conducted by Gerry Spence, one of the most unbeatable and prestigious lawyers in U.S. history. And in 2013 and 2014, John was selected by his peers as the “Best of the Bar”—an award that recognizes Tennessee’s top lawyers and corporate counsel.
He carries on his knowledge and love for the sport by coaching his son’s (and daughter's!) football team, the Franklin Cowboys, and for a local YMCA flag football league, where his teams continue to go undefeated. "One of my greatest joys in life has been coaching my son in football." says John. And when he’s not in the office or coaching, you’ll find him pursuing his love of music and playing the guitar, working hard on his farm, and spending time with his family and beloved Australian shepherd, Buck.
"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat."
- Theodore Roosevelt