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Yale University, B.A., Magna Cum Laude

Harvard University, J.D., Cum Laude

John concentrates in transactional work, including bank and other financing. Given his length of experience in this market, he often is retained in situations where the financing structures are out of the ordinary and successfully completing the transactions requires a non-standard approach. He has served as the lead attorney in multi-lender financings representing both borrowers and bank syndicates. He has represented developers in construction and permanent mortgage financings, including transactions that have generated various tax credits as part of a financing package. He has played a number of roles in various types of asset-backed securitizations. In addition to his continuing practice, he served as the firm's president and CEO of Hodgson Russ from February 1, 2012 through January 31, 2016.

For several years, John taught a graduate-level business law class at the University at Buffalo School of Management.


  • Listed, Best Lawyers in America (Banking and Finance Law) 2018 - 2022
  • Buffalo Business First Power 250, 2014
  • Listed, Upstate New York Super Lawyers, (Banking) 2007, 2013 - 2020
  • Buffalo Business First/Buffalo Law Journal's Legal Elite of Western New York, 2013, 2014 
  • Leadership Buffalo graduate
  • Phi Beta Kappa

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    • Member, American Bar Association Section of Business Law Commercial Financial Services Committee and Real Estate and Secured Transactions Subcommittees
  • Past chair, Bar Association of Erie County Banking Law Committee

Community & Pro Bono

  • Trustee and former chair, D’Youville College
  • Former trustee, treasurer, and Audit Committee chair, Western New York Public Broadcasting Association (WNED-Channel 17)
  • Former director and vice president, Buffalo Civic Auto Ramps (BCAR)
  • Former chairman of the regional advisory board, Monroe Title Insurance Corporation