John’s practice focuses on business, real estate, and estate planning.  In practice since 1993, John counsels businesses and families who need practical and timely advice in a challenging legal and regulatory environment.  John has extensive experience in forming entities, advising clients in business and real estate transactions, and planning for business succession from one generation to the next.  He began his legal career as a litigator, which provided John with an ability to structure transactions with clarity and precision to minimize the risks of future disputes.  John has worked extensively with businesses in the Salinas Valley, and understands the unique challenges facing the agricultural industry, as well as the opportunities presented in these changing times.  He has enrolled thousands of acres into Farmland Security Zone contracts saving his clients hundreds of thousands of dollars annually in property taxes.  John has also handled many probates and trust administrations and has represented clients in probate and estate litigation matters that have required court intervention.

Principal Areas of Practice:

Business and real estate transactions; estate planning, trust administration and probate litigation.


California State Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo, B.S., 1990;  University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, J.D., with great distinction, 1993, Order of the Coif, American Jurisprudence Award, Commercial Law.

Professional Qualifications and Activities:

Admitted to the California Bar in 1993; admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the Northern District of California.


Business Law Section, Real Property Law Section, Trust and Estates Section, California State Bar;  Monterey County Bar Association; Monterey County Barristers (past member, Board member, and President); Legal Services For Seniors (past Board member and President); Soledad Mission Restoration Committee (past Board member); Mission-Soledad Rural Fire Protection District (current Board member and President).