During more than 18 years in practice, John has prosecuted precedent-setting securities and financial fraud cases in federal and state courts on behalf of institutional and individual clients, including serving as lead counsel in In re Bank of America Corporation Securities Litigation ($2.4 billion settlement); In re Wachovia Preferred Securities and Bond/Notes Litigation ($627 million settlement); In re Initial Public Offering Securities Litigation ($586 million settlement resolving 309 consolidated actions); In re Lehman Brothers Securities and ERISA Litigation ($516 million settlement); and In re Marvell Technology Group Ltd. Securities Litigation ($72 million settlement). John also has had a significant prosecutorial role in In re Brocade Securities Litigation ($160 million settlement).
John has represented clients before the Second and Eleventh Circuit Courts of Appeals, and he is active in merger and acquisition litigation before The Delaware Court of Chancery, including serving on the Executive Committee in In re Safeway Stockholders Litigation, where value of the transaction to stockholders was increased by more than $80 million.
John is the founding partner of Kehoe Law Firm, P.C., was formerly a partner with Kessler Topaz Meltzer & Check, LLP for six years, a partner with Girard Gibbs LLP for two years, and was previously associated with Clifford Chance LLP, a London-based global law firm, where he defended Fortune 500 companies in complex securities and antitrust civil litigation and against enforcement actions brought by the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, and the U.S. Federal Trade Commission.
John is a program faculty member with the National Institute of Trial Advocacy, and he served as an adjunct faculty member with the Trial Advocacy Training Program at the Louisiana State University School of Law. Prior to attending law school, he served as a law enforcement officer in the State of Vermont (1986-94), where he was a member of the tactical Special Reaction Team and member of the Major Accident Investigation Team.
John is a frequent speaker at conferences focused on shareholder rights and corporate governance issues, including the 2013 National Conference on Public Employee Retirement Systems (Rancho Mirage, CA); 2013 Investment Education Symposium (New Orleans, LA); 2013 Public Funds East Conference (Newport, RI); 2012 Rights and Responsibilities for Institutional Investors (Amsterdam, Netherlands); 2011 European Investment Roundtable (Stockholm, Sweden); 2011 Public Funds Symposium (Washington, D.C.); 2011 National Conference on Public Employee Retirement Systems (Miami Beach, FL); 2010 ESG, USA Global Trends and U.S. Sustainable Investing (NY, NY); 2010 ICGN Annual Conference: “The Changing Global Balances” (Toronto, Canada); 2010 Public Funds West Summit (Scottsdale, AZ); 2009 ICGN Annual Conference: “The Route Map to Reform and Recovery” (Sydney, Australia); and the 2007 European Pensions Symposium (Marbella, Spain).
John is a member of the New York City and New York State Bar Associations, is admitted to practice in New York and Pennsylvania, and is a member in good standing with the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
John received his Juris Doctorate, magna cum laude, from Syracuse University College of Law, where he was associate editor of the Syracuse Law Review, associate member of the Syracuse Moot Court Board, and an alternate member on the National Appellate Team. He also received a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Vermont, and Bachelor of Arts from DePaul University, where he was starting goalkeeper on the Division I soccer team, and an exchange student to the University of Economics in Budapest, Hungary. John has volunteered his time to the New York Office of the Appellate Defender, and he has successfully defended a mother of two small children, pro bono, faced with deportation.