John represents clients in state and federal lawsuits, arbitrations, and administrative proceedings. He counsels clients on matters including medical malpractice, business and commercial torts, breach of contract, fraud, employment disputes, personal injury matters, and post-judgment collections. He also provides representation to physicians and nurses facing inquiry from the Texas Medical Board or Texas Board of Nursing. John was recognized in the Texas Super Lawyers Rising Stars list by Thomson Reuters in 2020 to present.
John’s practice covers all aspects of litigation, including drafting and responding to discovery, taking and defending depositions, motion practice, settlement, mediation, and jury trials. He serves as lead counsel for business and commercial clients in seven-figure disputes and provides first chair representation to physicians before the Texas Medical Board. He is also an essential part of the Cooper & Scully team defending physicians and major hospital systems from complex medical malpractice claims.
In the courtroom, John recently worked as part of the trial team to obtain defense verdicts for major hospitals in cases involving a wrongful birth claim for an infant diagnosed with cystic fibrosis (an issue of first impression for the venue) and allegations of negligence relating to a traumatic brain injury sustained on the football field.
In 2017, John went to trial with Cooper & Scully shareholders John Scully and Eric Hines on behalf of an individual client and obtained a favorable result named as one of the top 100 verdicts in the nation for 2017 by ALM Verdict Search and The National Law Journal.
John and his wife spend most of their free time trying to keep up with their two young children. He also enjoys exploring the Austin greenbelt with his dog, fishing on the Texas coast, and supporting Texas Longhorn athletics.
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas
J.D., cum laude, Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, 2014
B.A., The University of Texas at Austin, 2010
Texas Super Lawyers® Rising Stars® list, Thomson Reuters Legal (2020-present)
International Law Review Association (2012-2014)
Managing Editor, International Law Review, (2013-2014)
William J. Rochelle Jr. Endowed Scholarship Recipient
Austin Bar Association
Austin Association of Young Lawyers
State Bar of Texas
In re North Cypress: An Update on Discovery of Hospital Reimbursement Information, Cooper & Scully Newsletter, June 2021.
Use of The Texas Citizen’s Participation Act to Dismiss Responsive Pleadings, Cooper & Scully Newsletter, June 2020.
Vicarious Liability Pleadings and the Chapter 74 Expert Report Requirement for Health Care Liability Claims, Cooper & Scully Newsletter, June 2019.
Rarely Used But Extremely Useful: The Texas Turnover Statute, Cooper & Scully Newsletter, June 2018.
Who is a “Property Owner” Under Chapter 95, Cooper & Scully Newsletter, Cooper & Scully Newsletter, April 2017.
Recovery of Attorneys’ Fees for Breach of Contract in Texas, Cooper & Scully Newsletter, November 2015.
Contributing author, John A. Scully, Litigating Emergency Care Under Section 74.153, STATE BAR OF TEXAS (2015).
Could Fitbits Become Expert Witnesses in the Courtroom?, Cooper & Scully Newsletter, September 2015.
Reevaluating Drug Policy: Uruguay's Efforts to Reform Marijuana Laws, 19 L. & BUS. REV. AM. 383 (2013).