John serves as Counsel in the firm’s Government Relations practice group and focuses his practice on governmental and economic development matters. He represents clients with legislative and regulatory issues before the South Carolina General Assembly, the Governor’s Office, state agencies, and local governments. He advises and helps manufacturers, distribution facilities, and real estate developers secure state and local tax incentives, grants, and tax exemptions.
Prior to joining Burr & Forman, John served as the General Counsel and Vice President of Government Relations for the South Carolina Manufacturers Alliance where he advised the manufacturing industry and advocated on their behalf on tax, economic development, environmental, energy, labor & employment, legal reform, and workforce development issues.
John obtained his J.D. from the University of South Carolina School of Law and was the Managing Editor for the South Carolina Law Review, Chair of the Honor Council, President of the Service Members and Veterans in Law Society, and student member of the John Belton O’Neall Inn of Court. He received several awards to include the Claude M. Sapp Award (leadership award) and the CALI Excellence for the Future Awards (highest grade in the class) for the Legal Research, Analysis & Writing; Interview, Counseling & Negotiation; and Appellate Advocacy courses.
Prior to law school, John served in the United States Army where he deployed on five combat rotations overseas.