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Formerly general counsel and corporate secretary at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab), John is uniquely positioned to help clients who are developing large, government-funded energy, science, and engineering projects.

John began his nearly 25-year career in private practice where he focused on construction and government contracts litigation. Following these formative years, he honed his leadership skills at a multinational public company as lead counsel for all aspects of domestic and international government contracting and compliance, including large government energy savings performance contracts.

Powered by his government contracts experience, he was recruited to be general counsel at Fermi Research Alliance, LLC, which manages and operates Fermilab, America’s particle physics and accelerator laboratory, for the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science. The multibillion-dollar facility drives development of new technologies for scientific research, trains the next generation of scientists, and commercializes innovative technologies developed at the laboratory.

In 2024, John joined Husch Blackwell to help clients address global issues and transform lives through innovation while navigating the dynamic energy regulatory landscape. Organizations within industries such as energy, higher education, construction, and government contracting that develop and execute government-funded, large-scale energy projects benefit from his industry insights and relationships within the Department of Energy and the National Laboratories. John is particularly passionate about working with businesses and investors committed to making commercial nuclear fusion a reality.

As a former GC, John brings the client perspective to every matter. Clients value his depth of experience, sensitivity to the pressures facing in-house counsel, experience driving initiatives through boards of directors, ability to marshal limited resources, and talent for finding creative solutions to first-of-its-kind problems.




  • J.D., University of Michigan Law School
  • B.A., Oberlin College


  • Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit

Professional Memberships and Certifications

  • Department of Energy Contractor Attorneys Association (DOECAA)
  • Served as general counsel and corporate secretary to a multibillion-dollar Department of Energy national laboratory.
  • Served as lead counsel supporting the development and construction of the multibillion-dollar Long-Baseline Neutrino Facility and Deep Under Neutrino Experiment, a first-of-its kind U.S.-hosted international mega-science experiment.
  • Served as lead counsel for all aspects of public contracting and compliance for a $12 billion publicly traded company.
  • Served as lead counsel for more than $4 billion in complex construction and fabrication contracts.
  • Focused on large science and engineering projects in the energy sector including Energy Savings Performance Contracts (ESPCs).
  • Developed and implemented corporate compliance programs for government contractors.
  • Developed and led corporate centers of excellence for areas including global government contracts, enterprise insurance and risk management, and export/import control.
Outside the Office

John and his wife, Heather, have two adult children, Luke and Lydia. Their Boston terrier, Stan, has his own Instagram account.

They support the Madison, Wisconsin, arts community and are heavily involved with the Textile Arts Center of Madison, which Heather co-founded and for which John chairs the board of directors.

Frequent travelers, they are fond of the Pacific Northwest, Portugal and Spain. John is at home in the kitchen and especially enjoys cooking Mediterranean and Middle Eastern fare inspired by their travels and his father, who lived in Iran for a brief time.

In his free time, John also bikes, rows, and lifts weights.

Community Leadership
  • Textile Arts Center of Madison, Chair
In-House Counsel Experience
  • Fermilab, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, 2015-2023
  • Ingersoll Rand; Federal Contracts Counsel, 2008-2014; Associate General Counsel, 2014-2015