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John brings an impressive international portfolio to the table when advising traditional and renewable energy companies seeking to acquire, develop, construct or finance projects and assets.

Over 20 years, John’s work on billions of dollars of projects now producing tens of gigawatts of power has given him a deep understanding of issues that are important to energy clients. He knows how massive an undertaking a new energy project can be, from site acquisition, local government interaction and permitting, to equipment procurement and construction. John also leads teams of talented, experienced attorneys to prepare projects for disposition and acquire developed or operating projects.

As margins for projects of all types continue to narrow, John appreciates that companies need savvy, common-sense strategies to maximize the bottom line and partners with clients every step of the way. Knowing he supports projects that will provide lasting impacts for the world and his children makes the work that much more rewarding to him.




  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Real Estate Law, 2015-2022
  • Ingram’s magazine 40 Under Forty, 2012
  • Chambers USA, Real Estate Law, 2010-2013
  • Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers, Real Estate, Rising Star, 2009
  • Missouri Lawyers Weekly, “Up & Coming Lawyer,” 2011


  • J.D., Washington University in St. Louis School of Law
      • Journal of Urban & Contemporary Law, articles editor, 1997-1999
  • M.A., Southern Illinois University
  • B.A., Southern Illinois University


  • Missouri

Professional Memberships and Certifications

  • American Bar Association
  • The Missouri Bar
  • Missouri Economic Development Financing Association
Featured Experience

Algonquin Expands Globally With Joint Venture

Canada-based Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp. sought to form a joint venture with Spanish renewable energy developer Abengoa, S.A., for the development and construction of clean energy and water infrastructure assets outside of North America. John’s team advised Algonquin on acquiring a $608 million, 25 percent equity interest in an English company, Atlantica Yield plc, and formed a joint venture with Abengoa.

Additional Experience
  • Advised developers through development, construction and operation of more than 10 GW of renewable energy projects in 35 states.
  • Advised owners through acquisition and financing of more than 20 GW of renewable energy projects.
  • Represented lenders and tax equity investors in real estate, permitting, and other state and local matters in 25 states across the country.
  • Represented CorEnergy Infrastructure Trust in purchase of a subsea, midstream pipeline system and related onshore facilities in Louisiana for $245 million, including related leaseback transaction.
  • Assisted lender group with closing of $1.4 billion construction loan for 999-MW wind project in Oklahoma.
Outside the Office

John coaches his son’s and daughter’s ice hockey teams.

This requires a lot of shuttling to and from the ice, dragging around equipment, lacing skates and airing out the car after practices.

In Kansas City, hockey is a male-dominated sport; there are barely enough interested girls to compose one team. As head coach, John had to think outside the box to find competition for his daughter’s team. He organized a trip to a 90-team, all-girls tournament in St. Catharines, Ontario, giving 10 hockey players from Kansas City a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Community Leadership
  • Brush Creek Community Partners, Board of Directors, 2008-present
  • Kansas City Mayor-Elect Sly James' transition team, 2011
  • Kansas City Youth Hockey Association, 2010-present
  • Carriage Club Board of Directors, 2017-present

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