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My practice concentrates in three areas: (1) insurance coverage, (2) handling general legal issues such as contracts and and non-disclosure agreements, generally for small and medium-sized companies (particularly international companies), and (3) complex commercial litigation for large and medium-sized businesses and municipalities.


Insurance Coverage


I represent business policyholders in reviewing and evaluating insurance coverage. I also assist businesses in claims with insurance carriers. Although a cooperative approach is preferred if possible, I handle coverage and bad faith litigation when necessary. I have handled insurance issues involving professional liability, construction defect, D&O, environmental, catastrophic personal injury, and sexual misconduct claims. I have also written articles on insuance coverage for cyber liabilities and risks, a growing concern for most businesses.


I also sometimes represent a company's interests in connection with claims that are being handled by the carrier. For example, an insurer may be defending a claim against the insured with appointed counsel and a client may ask me to provide independent oversight and guidance regarding the claim.


I co-lead the insurance practice in Thompson Hine's Atlanta office. I also teach the Insurance Law course at the University of Georgia School of Law as an Adjunct Professor.


General Business and Legal Issues

I represent a number of companies in connection with their general legal matters. This can include setting up the business, establishing procedures for protecting confidential information and intellectual property, negotiating and drafting contracts, such as equipment supply contracts and non-disclosure agreements, and handling other legal matters. For example, companies may request the firm to review or prepare employment agreements, which I will do in conjunction with one of our employment lawyers.


Many of my general business clients are German, Swiss, other European, or Canadian companies or their U.S. subsidiaries. I have given seminars on U.S. legal issues for international audiences in Germany and the U.S. I understand many of the cultural issues that often need to be addressed when international companies begin doing business in the U.S.


One of the biggest mistakes an international company can make is to assume that business is done -- particularly the legal aspects of business -- the same way in the U.S. as in its home country. Check out my legal guide on AVVO about these issues.


Complex Commercial Litigation


Over the years, commercial litigation has been a primary practice area, and I have litigated, arbitrated, or mediated just about every type of civil claim, representing large companies, municipalities, small and medium-sized companies, and sometimes indviduals. I have litigated many different contract issues, trade secret and non-disclosure issues, construction claims, real estate disputes, and intellectual property claims. Of course, I also litigate insurance coverage and bad faith claims.


I am a registered mediator and am available to mediate business and insurance disputes.


Industry Experience

Having practiced for many years, there are not many industries with which I do not have at least some experience. That said, particular industry experience includes insurance, manufacturing and distribution, machinery and equipment (for engineered wood products, pulp and paper, metal forming, auto parts and other applications), professional services, technology and software, industrial construction, mining, and natural gas distribution.


Professsional Associations


I am on the Board of the Atlanta International Arbitration Society, an organization that promotes international arbitration generally and metropolitan Atlanta as a venue for international arbitrations. I am the firm's representative for the German American Chamber of Commerce and the Gwinnett County Chamber of Commerce.


 My Firm


Thompson Hine LLP is an Am Law 200 firm with about 400 professionals. It is headquartered in Cleveland, with offices in Atlanta, New York, Washington D.C., Cincinnati, Dayton and Columbus, OH.


The Atlanta office has about 30 lawyers, all with excellent credentials and experience. 

We are located in Buckhead, which is the financial district of Atlanta, and are easy to reach from the airport, downtown or midtown.



Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 35%
    34 years
  2. Insurance: 35%
    33 years
  3. Business: 30%
    23 years

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  • Christine A. Pothering

    John is a lawyer who posseses both a high level of competence and knowledge and also always displays the upmost degree of professionalism. Very much enjoyed working with John on multiple deals.


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  • Thomas L. McLain

    John does wonderful work for his clients and is recognized in the legal community as being one of the best. I endorse John without hesitation.


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Contact info

Thompson Hine LLP

Two Alliance Center
3560 Lenox Road, Suite 1600
Atlanta, GA, 30326-4266


GAActive Member in Good Standing 198201/14/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
Georga Super Lawyers - Insurance CoverageLaw & Politics Magazine2013
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2012
Georgia Legal EliteGeorgia Trend Magazine2012
Georgia Super Lawyer - Insurance CoverageLaw & Politics Magazine2012
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2011
Georgia Super Lawyers - Business LitigationGeorgia Super Lawyers2011
Georgia Legal EliteGeorgia Trend Magazine2011
Georgia's Legal EliteGeorgia Trend Magazine2010
Georgia Super Lawyers - Business LitigationLaw & Politics and Atlanta Magazine2010
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2010
Georgia Super Lawyer: Business LitigationLaw & Politics and Atlanta Magazine2009
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2009
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2008
Georgia Super Lawyer: Business LitigationLaw & Politics and Atlanta Magazine2008
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2007
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2006
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2005
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2004
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2003
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AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell1999
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell1998
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell1997
Isaac Meinhard AwardUniversity of Georgia School of Law1982
Jessie and Dan MacDougald AwardUniversity of Georgia School of Law1982
Order of the CoifUniversity of Georgia School of Law1982
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerThompson Hine LLP2013 - Present
PartnerBarnes & Thornburg LLP2010 - Present
ShareholderChorey, Taylor & Feil, A Professional Corporation2007 - 2010
ShareholderWagner, Johnston & Rosenthal, P.C.2007 - 2007
Partner (formerly, Associate)McKenna Long & Aldridge1986 - 2007
AssociateHansell & Post (now Jones, Day)1982 - 1986
Association namePosition nameDuration
Atlanta Bar Association, Construction Law SectionBoard of Directors2005 - 2009
Center for International Legal StudiesFellow2003 - Present
German American Chamber of CommerceFirm Representative2002 - Present
Bleckley American Inn of CourtMaster2001 - 2013
Lawyer's Club of AtlantaMember1998 - Present
Lumpkin Society, University of Georgia School of LawMember1998 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Metalforming, Inc. v. Engage Machinery, Inc., et al.Settled with Consent Judgment entered
Park Center, L..P., et al. v. Pennsylvania Manufacturers Insurance Corp.Judgment of in favor of client affirmed
Gresham v. Atlanta Gas Light CompanyPrevailed on appeal
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Publication nameTitleDate
LNJ's Equipment Leasing NewsletterMachinery and Equipment Supply Contracts: Back to the Basics2011
Lexis/Nexis Insurance Law CommunityGeorgia Supreme Court Holds that Negligent Construction is an "Occurrence" Under CGL Policies2011
Atlanta Bar Association Construction SectionInsurance Issues in the Litigation and Settlement of Construction Claims: Some Practical Thoughts2011
Georgia Civil Trial Procedure (LexisNexis)Utilizing Expert Witnesses (Chapter 8)2011
ABA Litigation Section - "Construct!"Insurance Issues in Construction-Related Claims: Some Practical Thoughts2011
Book: An Insider's Guide on Hiring a Business AttorneyAn Insider's Guide on Hiring a Business Attorney2010
Georgia Bar Technology Section NewsletterThe Legal Issues Are Somewhat Cloudy In the Cloud: A Primer for Lawyers on Cloud Computing2010
Institute of Continuing Legal Education (ICLE Georgia)Mediation in Construction Cases: Pros, Cons, and Some Thoughts for the General Practitioner2007
Metropolitan Corporate CounselADR: A Practitioner's View of a Changing Landscape (interview)2006
McKenna Long & Aldridge English/German Dual Language BrochureBasic Legal Considerations in Doing Business in the United States and the State of Georgia2006
Metropolitan Corporate CounselMediation as a Means to Resolve Intellectual Property Disputes2004
Mealey's International Arbitration ReportOpen Questions Regarding Non-Party Discovery in Commercial Arbitration2003 WebsiteLitigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution in International Transactions in the United States2003
Nebraska Law ReviewProduct Liability Tort Reform: The Case for Federal Action (co-author)1984
ABA Section of Litigation (CLE Program)Communication with Absent Class Members: Why Free Speech Should Prevail (co-author)1983
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of GeorgiaN/AJD - Juris Doctor1982
Mercer UniversityPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1979
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Strafford Legal WebinarMaximizing Insurance Contributions in Mediated Settlements2011
Inventor's Association of Georgia Monthly MeetingTrade Secrets and Non-Disclosure Agreements2010
Chamblee Business Association Monthly MeetingCommon Legal Mistakes Businesses Make and How to Avoid Them2009
Alternative Dispute Resolution Section MeetingTips for Success in Arbitration as an Advocate and a Neutral (Panel Discussion)2009
International Handelskammer Seminar - MunichProduct Liability and Risk Management in the United States2007
ICLE Seminar on Construction Law for the General PractitionerMediation in Construction Cases: Some Thoughts for the General Practitioner2007
German American Chamber of Commerce Business SeminarProduct Liability and and Risk Management in the United States2007
International Handelskammer Seminar - MunichProduct Liability Law in the United States2006
Atlanta Bar Association Construction Section MeetingProfessionalism in Alternative Dispute Resolution (Moderator)2006
Technology Association of Georgia International Section MeetingBasic Issues Concerning Dispute Resolution2003
Center for International Legal Studies Seminar - HeidelbergThe Assault on the Citadel: Judicial and Legislative Attacks on Arbitration Agreements in the United States2003
Conference on Problems in Discovery and ProfessionalismPanelist on Issues in Depositions2002