John, a partner with Larson • King, focuses his practice on complex insurance coverage disputes. John has extensive experience litigating insurance coverage claims in both state and federal court, and also serves as national coverage counsel, providing recommendations and advice to clients and attorneys across the country. He is the co-editor of “Law and Practice of Insurance Coverage Litigation,” a four volume treatise published by the West Group.
John also has a robust civil appeals practice, having successfully argued before the Minnesota and 8th Circuit Courts of Appeals, and the Minnesota Supreme Court.
John received his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan where he was a member of the varsity hockey team. He is an honors graduate from the University of North Dakota School of Law. As a practicing lawyer, John is a member of the American Bar Association, Defense Research Institute, and Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association. He is past chair of the ABA’s Tort and Insurance Practice section’s Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee and is a frequent national speaker on insurance coverage issues.
University of North Dakota, J.D., with distinction, 1990
University of Michigan, B.G.S., 1987
Minnesota State Bar Association
American Bar Association, Past Chair, Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee: Tort and Insurance Practice Section
International Association of Defense Counsel
Minnesota; U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota; U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
Honors & Awards
Named a Minnesota Super Lawyer annually since 2007.
Awarded “Lawyer of the Year” for Insurance Law Litigation by Best Lawyers (2020, 2021)
Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© for Insurance Law (2015-2021)
Recent Appellate Decisions
- Randy Vee v. American President’s Line Motor carrier vicarous liability. Favorable ruling affirmed by Minnesota Court of Appeals.
- Foss v. Kincade Homeowners duty of care. Favorable ruling affirmed by Minnesota Supreme Court.
- Brua v. Minnesota Joint Underwriting Association Dram shop liability limits, unfavorable ruling reversed by Minnesota Supreme Court.
- Zutz v. Nelson Constitutional deprivation. United States 8th Circuit affirmed.