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John holds an AV rating with Martindale Hubbell, the highest peer rating for legal ability and ethics. In 1997, at age 36, he became one of Montana's few Civil Trial Specialists certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. John has obtained record setting jury verdicts and settlements (including the largest settlement in Montana history), and has won landmark appeals in the Montana Supreme Court and the United States Court of Appeals.
In addition, John has been the President of the Montana Trial Lawyers Association and has received the organization's Public Service Award for protecting insurance consumers. John founded and personally endowed the MTLA Safe Kids and Families Fund that has provided thousands of free bicycle helmets to low income children in Montana. John was lead Montana Counsel in the state's Tobacco suit and represented national media organizations in the Unabomber case. His class action work has included representing hundreds of Montanans who took the diet drug Fen Phen, establishing Montana's first medical monitoring fund.
John is the author and founder of Insure Montana and the Healthy Montana Kids plan that provide health coverage to thousands of Montanans. As a leader of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, he chaired the committee that responded to the September 11 attacks, opened previously secret insurance company information to the public, cracked down on fake insurance scams and banned discretionary clauses in group health and disability insurance policies.
He helped launch the relationship between U.S. and Chinese insurance regulators and represented the U.S. in the U.S.-China Insurance dialogues.
John started Montana's captive insurance industry which has so far brought 49 new companies to the state. John also led creation of the state land bank that has opened previously isolated lands to public access. John currently serves as chairman elect of the Senior Health Care Oversight Trust and the Senior Health Insurance Company of Pennsylvania, managing $3.2 billion to provide long term care benefits to 150,000 Americans. John is also Vice President of CASA of Montana. John has been covered by The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The New York Times, Consumer Reports, Money Magazine, Ladies Home Journal, Best's Review, Montana Living, and many other publications. He has spoken widely, including invited presentations at Stanford University, Beijing University, The Milbank fund, the National Insurance School, and before both houses of Congress as well as at the law schools of the University of Montana, University of Denver and University of South Dakota.
He has published many law journal articles and opinion pieces and one book: Mavericks, the Lives and Battles of Montana's Political Legends (Moscow: University of Idaho Press) 1997.