The Tower at 1301 Gervais Street, Suite 1400
PO Box 11367
Columbia, SC 29211-1367
Phone: (803) 254-4035 | Fax: (803) 771-4422
- University of Wisconsin-Madison, B.A., History, with Distinction (1986)
- Duke University, J.D., with Honors, M.A., Philosophy (1991)
John was admitted to the North Carolina Bar in 1991 and to the South Carolina Bar in 1997.
John is admitted to practice before the state courts of South Carolina and North Carolina, the United District Court of South Carolina, the Eastern District of North Carolina, and the Northern District of California. John is also admitted to practice before the U.S. Fourth, Ninth, and Eleventh Circuit Courts of Appeal. John is a fellow of the Riley Institute, a fellow of the American Bar Foundation, and a member of the John Belton O’Neall chapter of the American Inns of Court. John is also a member of the NSBA Council of School Attorneys and the South Carolina Council of School Attorneys.
John’s work emphasizes complex litigation, special education and disability rights, charter school operations and compliance, FOIA compliance, appellate practice, and federal regulation, especially the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, Titles I, VI, VII, IX, and other civil rights statutes. John lectures frequently and provides in-service training for administrators and teachers in many subjects, including special education, Title IX, and constitutional issues.
John is a former member of the Columbia City Council’s Citizen Advisory Committee. His wife is a professor in the English Department at the University of South Carolina. They have two children who attend school in Richland County School District One, as well as a child who is a graduate from the district. John formerly served on the School Improvement Council at Richland One’s Brockman Elementary Montessori School.