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"You have a business to run. My goal is to clear the obstacles in your way."



Highly regulated clients receive counsel from John in litigation and transactional matters in industries such as energy, utilities, consumer lending, and cannabis. To properly shape lawsuits and appeals and keep them on course as vehicles to resolve disputes, John learns clients’ business objectives. Hurdles overcome by John’s clients have involved tortious interference, compliance issues, clashes over goods/services contracts, secured transactions, and real property rights.

Clients also seek John’s assistance with long-term planning to position themselves to respond to developments in cannabis laws and regulations. With that, clients rely on John to direct their cannabis projects, including governmental licensing, property right acquisition, compliance, and organizational structure. In developing resources for others in the legal profession, John actively supports the New York State Bar Association Committee on Cannabis Law.

Bar Associations

  • New York State Bar Association
  • Northern District of New York Federal Court Bar Association
  • Onondaga County Bar Association

Representative Experience

  • Obtained regulatory approval to consolidate a client's indoor and outdoor hemp cultivation and to relocate operations to the client's investment property. Also assisted the client with environmental issues pertaining to the property acquisition.
  • Led a multi-disciplinary team preparing state licensing applications on behalf of cannabis business clients, resulting in licensure.
  • Conducted gating analyses and advised clients in planning around the evolving legal status of cannabis.
  • Serves as general counsel to a state-licensed cannabis business.
  • Provided counsel to a professional athlete regarding his investment and involvement in a cannabis business, including disputes with business partners and with a players’ union.
  • Enforced private contracts by obtaining judgments of liability and damages as against consumer/commercial debtors.
  • Obtained dismissal (and appellate affirmance) of a multi-million dispute over a utility client’s critical operational asset.
  • Negotiated favorable settlement of government agency’s claims of deceptive retail/finance practices, consumer fraud, and usury.
  • Advised client on regulatory constraints regarding employing felons in a hemp business.

Prior Experience

  • Hiscock & Barclay, LLP, Associate
  • Welch Allyn, Inc., Law Clerk

Selected Community Activities

  • Cayuga/Seneca Community Action Agency, Inc., Board of Directors Member

  • Onondaga County Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project, Program Liaison and Volunteer Attorney

  • Say Yes to Education, Tel-Law Clinic, Volunteer Attorney

  • Syracuse City Court, Small Claims Part, Volunteer Arbitrator

Selected Honors

  • Selected to Super Lawyers Upstate New York Rising Stars: Creditor/Debtor Rights, 2016-2018
  • New York State Bar Association, Empire State Counsel Honoree, 2009-2011

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