Vermont Law School, J.D., summa cum laude; Managing Editor, Vermont Law Review

University of Pennsylvania, B.S. Wharton School, B.A. College of Arts and Sciences, cum laude


  • Worked for a federal contractor with employees at government facilities in four different states to negotiate a single collective bargaining agreement.
  • Worked for a food industry client to complete collective-bargaining negotiations despite two failed union ratification votes.
  • Successfully defeated union allegations that the union president had been unlawfully disciplined for his status as a union officer by demonstrating to the NLRB that the union president was disciplined for legitimate business reasons, and so the union withdrew the charge.
  • Partners with clients to develop customized, successful labor philosophies. Utilizing his own collaborative process, John helps senior management teams develop effective strategies to resolve challenging labor issues.
  • Handles complicated separation of employment matters. Employment transitions are a fact of life and John is often called upon by management teams to facilitate a smooth, respectful and efficient transition process, while also minimizing legal risk.
  • Regularly provides engaging and interactive presentations for managers on effective labor relations, performance management, sexual harassment, and leaves of absence. Most notably, John regularly trains managers on the effective utilization of the provisions of a collective-bargaining agreement.


New York, 2017

Vermont, 1994


Honorable Denise Johnson, Vermont Supreme Court, 1994-1995

Memberships & Activities



VBA, Labor and Employment Law Section

ABA, Labor and Employment Law Section

Accolades & Awards

2015, 2016 and 2019 Best Lawyers® “Lawyer of the Year” award for Labor Law – Management, Burlington

Listed in Best Lawyers®, Labor Law – Management, Employment Law – Management, 2012-2024

Chambers USA, since 2004

Community Involvement

United Way of Chittenden County, Board of Directors, 2002-09; Board Chair 2007-09

Visiting Nurses Association of Chittenden and Grand Isle Counties, Board of Directors, 2012 – 2018; Board Chair, 2016-2018

Wake Robin Corporation, Board of Directors, 2019 – current; Board Chair, 2022 – current

COTS, Board of Directors, 2021 – current


Numerous each year – VHRA, RVHRA, ASHHRA, SHRM


Presenter, VHRA; Vermont Legislative Update – July 2023
Presenter, DRM Labor & Employment Seminar; Managing the Out of State Experience – June 2023
Presenter, VT/NH SHRM State Councils; Workplace Legal Update in a Post Pandemic World – 2022