John is a partner in the Real Estate and Litigation practices and leads the Environmental practice. In addition to civil litigation experience in federal and state courts and before administrative agencies, he has practiced extensively and lectured in the area of environmental law.
John focuses his practice on advising clients with regard to environmental due diligence issues and structuring corporate and real estate transactions to minimize or apportion environmental liabilities. He also counsels clients regarding environmental permitting and enforcement issues, and complex environmental assessment and remediation projects. John has particular expertise in Brownfield transactions and has assisted numerous clients with applications under Georgia’s Voluntary Remediation Program. John has negotiated more than $200 million of environmental insurance policies for commercial and industrial properties, including Jamestown Properties, Pull-a-Part, Costco Wholesale, and others. John has defended clients in state and federal administrative enforcement actions for alleged violations of hazardous waste, water, air, right-to-know, and other environmental laws.
John is included in Best Lawyers in America, Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers in Business, and Georgia’s Top Rated Lawyers (Lexis-Nexis Martindale-Hubbell) in the specialty of environmental law. He has also been recognized by Georgia Super Lawyers for his work in environmental law. John is the author of numerous papers presented to industrial and professional groups. He has lectured on numerous environmental topics, most recently including procuring environmental insurance, structuring Brownfields projects, allocating environmental risk, and addressing the risk of vapor intrusion.