John has a wide range of experience litigating both civil and criminal cases, in both trial and appellate courts, at both the state and federal levels. Before joining Schaerr | Jaffe, he was a shareholder in the appellate boutique firm Lee|Nielsen, founded with Thomas R. Lee, former Associate Chief Justice of the Utah Supreme Court. John’s work in private practice has included constitutional, employment, tort, patent, trademark, criminal, municipal, contract, and other matters. Before entering private practice, John was an Assistant Solicitor General in the Utah Attorney General’s Office, where he litigated criminal appeals, state postconviction cases, and federal habeas claims for eleven years. He has litigated more than 100 appeals and argued in appellate courts more than 70 times. During his time as an Assistant SG, John drafted in whole or in part six amicus briefs in the United States Supreme Court and was a fellow at the National Association of Attorneys General Supreme Court Center. Before joining the Utah Attorney General’s Office, John was a Deputy Utah County attorney for four years, prosecuting all manner of criminal cases for four years, and doing numerous jury trials. John has taught law school courses on appellate practice and legal rhetoric and reasoning at the S.J. Quinney Law School (University of Utah) and appellate brief writing at the J. Reuben Clark Law School (Brigham Young University). He is also an active poster on the Appellate Advocacy Blog.
- BA, Political Science, 2003 (BYU, magna cum laude)
- JD, 2007 (BYU, magna cum laude)
- Tenth Circuit
- United States Supreme Court
*Not admitted to the D.C. Bar. Admitted to the Utah State Bar and practicing under the supervision of D.C. Bar members pursuant to Rule 49(c)(8).
On November 6, attorneys from Schaerr | Jaffe filed an amicus brief for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. The brief is for the Sonneveldt v. Mazada Motor of America case and discusses the use of expert witnesses. You can read […]
The firm recently filed a brief on behalf of the Chamber of Commerce of the United States of America in the Tennessee Supreme Court case of Trentham v. Mid-America Apartments, LP. The case addresses the types of prior incidents of condition put an owner or occupier of land on constructive […]
On October 2, lawyers from Schaerr | Jaffe filed an amicus brief on behalf of Ten Major Religious Organizations in the The United States Court of Appeals for The Ninth Circuit. The brief was filed in the James Huntsman v. Corporation of the President of the The Church of Jesus Christ […]
On August 18, Schaerr | Jaffe attorneys filed an amicus brief in the California Supreme Court for the Chamber of Commerce of the United States of America. The case, Zhang v. Superior Court, is a dispute between a law firm and a former partner that involves important questions relating to arbitration and […]