John is a co-managing partner of Dickenson Peatman & Fogarty, and is a partner in the firm’s Wine Law, Business, Alcohol Beverage, and Geographical Indications practice groups. John advises wine and alcohol beverage industry clients on a broad range of legal issues, including business formation, obtaining alcohol beverage licenses, and the drafting of key contracts, such as grape purchase agreements, vineyard leases, and distribution contracts, and the purchase and sale of winery brands and assets. He also advises clients on federal and state alcohol beverage regulations such as franchise laws, tied-house laws, labeling requirements, and the protection and promotion of American Viticultural Areas.
John is a graduate of Harvard College and the New York University School of Law. In 2017-18, he co-taught wine law classes at the University of California Davis School of Law and Napa Valley College. He is also a lecturer on a variety of wine law issues at the University of California Berkeley School of Law, and the University of California Davis School of Law.
John is an avid photographer, and his pictures of vineyards, wineries, and producers were recently published in a book on the history of the Champagne region, But First, Champagne.