John has argued 26 Michigan Supreme Court cases, 23 of them since 2011, and has argued multiple cases in the Michigan Supreme Court for seven consecutive Terms (five in the 2016-17 Term alone). John has received a record six Distinguished Brief Awards for his Michigan Supreme Court work, and he is the principal author of the Guide to Counsel, the Court's own publication regarding effective written and oral advocacy before the Court.


John's arguments include many of the Michigan Supreme Court's most significant decisions in recent years, such as the validity of Michigan's Freedom to Work legislation, the proper legal standard to apply when assessing the validity of commercial non-competes, the constitutionality of Michigan's deadbeat-parent law, and multiple disputes involving Michigan ballot initiatives.


Representantive Michigan Supreme Court arguments

  • Nexteer Automotive Corp. v. Mando America Corp., No. 153413 (pending) (test for determining when a litigant as waived a contractual arbitration clause)
  • City of  Coldwater v. Consumers Energy Co. & City of Holland v. Consumers Energy Co., Nos. 151051 & 151053 (pending) (scope of a regulated utility's "right of first entitlement")
  • Kemp v. Farm Bureau General Ins., No. 151719 (pending) (whether No-Fault Act benefits are available when an insured strains his back removing personal items from a parked motor vehicle)
  • Yono v. Department of Transp., ___ N.W.2d ___, 2016 WL 4016839 (Mich. 2016) (establishing that a parallel-parking lane is not "designed for vehicular travel" within the meaning of the highway exception to the Governmental Tort Liability Act)
  • Hecht v. National Heritage Academies, ___ N.W.2d ___, 2016 WL 4005695 (Mich. 2016) (vacating jury verdict in favor of former employee because trial court erroneously admitted evidence of defendant school's mandatory reporting of employee's misconduct under MCL 380.1230b)
  • Innovation Ventures, LLC v. Liquid Mfg., LLC, ___ N.W.2d ___, 2016 WL 3765943 (Mich. 2016) (establishing standards for evaluating commercial non-competes  and adequacy of contractual consideration)
  • UAW v. Green, 498 Mich. 282 (Mich. 2015) (successful defense of Michigan's Freedom to Work law as applied to the state civil service)
  • Andrie, Inc. v. Treasury, 819 N.W.2d 920 (Mich. 2014) (successful litigationof sales- and use-tax dispute with $2 billion at stake)
  • Service Source, Inc. v. DHL Express (USA), 856 N.W.2d 60 (Mich. 2014) (successful vacation of leave grant, preserving multi-million-dollar trial-court award)
  • Speicher v. Columbia Tp. Bd. of Trustees, 860 N.W.2d 51 (Mich. 2014) (availability of costs and attorney fees under the Open Meetings Act)
  • Smitter v. Thornapple Twp., 833 N.W.2d 875 (Mich. 2013) (successful appeal involving coordination of benefits under the Michigan Worker's disability Compensation Act)
  • State v. McQueen, 828 N.W.2d 644 (Mich. 2013) (legality of medical-marijuana dispensaries)
  • Protect Our Jobs v. Bd. of State Canvassers, 822 N.W.2d 534 (Mich. 2012) (represented Michigan's Governor and Attorney General and argued three different Michigan Supreme Court cases in one day involving challenges to various 2012 ballot initiatives)
  • Stand Up for Democracy v. Sec'y of State, 822 N.W.2d 159 (Mich. 2012) (successfully reversed long-standing Michigan Supreme Court precedent regarding standard for challenging a ballot initiative)
  • People v. Likine, 823 N.W.2d 50 (Mich. 2012) (successful defenseof Michigan's deadbeat-parent statute)
  • Priority Health v. OFIR, 803 N.W.2d 132 (Mich. 2011) (reversed Court of Appeals and upheld mandatory-minimum employer-contribution provision in health insurance policies)