John was raised in Beaumont and attended Lamar University. After graduating from the University of Texas School of Law in 1971, he joined Strong, Pipkin, Nelson, Parker and Powers.
Through the years he tried to verdict well over one hundred cases in state and federal courts in several states.
Under John’s leadership the firm grew and opened our Houston office and expanded our practice to serve clients nationwide.
From early in his practice, John has represented leading industry companies in the earliest stages of emerging legal claims and evolving scientific knowledge.
He was one of the earliest choices as joint defense lead counsel for major oil and chemical companies in toxic tort cases.
Based on his breadth and success in litigation, he has been tapped as lead and additional counsel pro hac in many jurisdictions across the country. He was also regularly sought to providing assistance as local counsel with responsibilities from witness preparation, jury selection, and lead trial roles. His substantive local counsel roles have included major anti-trust, electric power take-or-pay, insurance coverage, and catastrophic personal injury and death cases.
Most recently, he was co-counsel in a 30 day trial in Philadelphia Federal Court arising from a massive oil spill.
We thank John for his 50 years of leadership, outstanding representation of our clients and for his deep and unfailing loyalty and friendship.