John was born and raised in Moundsville, West Virginia, and graduated from John Marshall High School in 1974. Following high school, John attended West Virginia University, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.A. in political science.
John began his legal career as a defense lawyer, and his ability in the courtroom soon had him responsible for the handling of multi-million dollar lawsuits on behalf of his firm's clients. In a sign of things to come, John worked alongside Linda Bordas to create one of West Virginia's earliest "Mary Carter" settlement agreements in a substantial toxic tort trial. In January of 1990, John left the practice of defense law to open a solo practice, dedicated exclusively to the representation of persons who had been injured through the negligence of others, along with the victims of insurance bad faith.
During his career as a plaintiffs' attorney, John has secured multiple seven-figure verdicts and settlements, including a verdict of $1.6 million in a motorcycle accident case; $1.2 million in an insurance bad faith case; and $1.5 million in a wrongful death case. In each of these cases, John represented residents of Marshall County.
During his career, John has demonstrated a particular interest in protecting children. For many years, he served as a court-appointed guardian ad litem for children who were the victims of abusive and neglectful parents. Later, he served as an assistant prosecuting attorney in Marshall County, where he was able to secure convictions and lengthy prison sentences for several sexual predators.
He is an avid hunter, fisherman and scuba diver. John and his wife, Denise, are the parents of three children and one very spoiled Shetland Sheepdog: Brittany, a 3rd year law student at the University of Texas; John III and Caitlin, both sophomores at West Virginia University; and Ditto.