Ascend ADR

Speaker Bio

The focus of John's legal career has been dispute resolution. He has been involved in the mediation, negotiation, and resolution of thousands of cases and claims of all types and values.  John has further been appointed Settlement Special Master in Federal Multi-District Litigations, and has created and implemented large-scale resolution programs. He is trusted by members of both bars and works equally well with each.  John's unique professional background has given him a broad base of experience foreign to most resolution experts.

Representative Matters

  • Baycol® (In re: Baycol Products Liability Litigation
  • PPA (In re: Phenylpropanolamine Products Liability Litigation
  • Bausch & Lomb Renu w/ Moistureloc® (In re: Bausch & Lomb Inc. Contact Lens Solution Products Liability Litigation
  • Trasylol® (In re: Trasylol Products Liability Litigation
  • Accutane® (In re: Accutane Litigation)
  • Yaz/Yasmin® (In re: Yasmin and Yaz (Drospirenone) Marketing, Sales Practices and Products Liability Litigation

Special Master Appointments

  • In Re: Taxotere (Docetaxel) Products Liability Litigation
  • In Re: Davol, Inc./C.R. Bard, Inc., Polypropylene Hernia Mesh Products Liability Litigation

Legal Experience

  • Jackson Schreiner LLC – Partner
  • Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP – Partner
  • Employer's Reinsurance Corporation (Swiss Re) – Legal Counsel
  • Baker, Sterchi, Cowden & Rice LLC – Associate Attorney
  • Office of the Missouri Attorney General – Assistant Attorney General
  • Deacy & Deacy LLP – Associate Attorney
  • Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District of Missouri – Law Clerk

Bar Memberships

  • Missouri State Courts
  • Kansas State Courts
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri
  • United States District Court for the District of Kansas
  • United States 8th Circuit Court of Appeals

Other Relevant Memberships and Awards

  • National Arbitration and Mediation (“NAM”)
  • Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”)
  • American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution
  • Association of Missouri Mediators
  • Kansas Bar Association Section of Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Mediation and Assessment Program for the USDC for the WD of Missouri
  • Jackson County Circuit Court Mediation Program
  • Who's Who Legal: The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers (Product Liability Defense)


  • University of Missouri-Columbia, School of Law, JD 1989, Law Review
  • University of Missouri-Columbia, BA Sociology 1986