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Overview

A respected relationship builder, John leverages more than three decades of in-house counsel experience at a leading brewery to help Food & Agribusiness clients.

After beginning his career in private practice assisting clients with complex civil business litigation, John spent more than 30 years as a recognized leader in alcohol beverage law as Associate General Counsel for Anheuser-Busch, Anheuser Busch InBev and Anheuser Busch Companies, LLC. In this legal leadership role, John built long-term collaborative relationships with three-tier route-to-market collaborators – suppliers, wholesalers and retailers – as well as state regulators and other governing agencies. John regularly directed high-level regulatory and transactional matters for the iconic company including:

  • Merger & acquisition due diligence
  • Branding, advertising, marketing, promotional and trade practice state-by-state compliance
  • Wholesaler and distribution agreements
  • Supplier-wholesaler contract litigation, including wholesaler terminations
  • Antitrust issues, including pricing, before government and competitors

John is uniquely situated to identify trends throughout the Food & Agribusiness industry, helping clients navigate a range of compliance issues and assisting them to plan ahead while preparing agreements. Clients appreciate his familiarity with alcohol regulations and his ability to help them apply that familiarity from coast to coast. He enjoys helping clients avoid challenging legal situations by putting optimal strategies and solutions in place to avoid problems.


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Recognition

  • Missouri Lawyers Media, In-House Counsel Award, Public Company, 2020

Education

  • J.D., Saint Louis University School of Law
    • cum laude
    • Saint Louis University Law Journal, Assistant Managing Editor
    • Phi Beta Kappa
    • Alpha Sigma Nu
  • B.A., Saint Louis University
    • magna cum laude

Admissions

  • Missouri
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri

Professional Memberships and Certifications

  • The Missouri Bar
Experience
  • Provided due diligence and advised C-suite on Anheuser-Busch merger with InBev, which resulted in a top-five consumer product company in the world.
  • Served on advertising and marketing compliance team for 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia.
  • Led promotional compliance team for Super Bowl advertising.
  • Served on panel that researched, amended, negotiated and finalized equity agreement with list of brewery's 800+ national distributors.
  • Led team of in-house and outside counsel in litigation arising from compliance audits of 800+ wholesalers that uncovered fraudulent conduct, including trade-call recordkeeping issues calling for immediate termination and selling of contract. The team settled claims before or at trial on favorable terms to client.
Outside the Office

John enjoys a bit of golf, and hiking with his wife, Tina, and their daughter. The couple also have three sons. John is also a St. Louis sports fan: SLU Billikens basketball, Blues hockey and Cardinals baseball. He’s warming up to soccer.

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