Partner, Hughes Arrell Kinchen LLP

John is an experienced trial lawyer who heads the firm’s litigation practice. He advises clients in a wide variety of litigation areas, with particular expertise in commercial litigation, securities litigation, regulatory compliance, internal investigations, executive compensation, and white collar criminal investigations and prosecutions

Prior to joining the firm, John was a federal prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s office in Houston where he successfully prosecuted white collar crime and public corruption. John brings significant first chair trial experience in both federal and state forums. Most recently, John was a lead trial counsel in the federal multi-district trial of the Deepwater Horizon incident in the Gulf of Mexico. John represents clients in various industries, including energy, financial services, health care, real estate, telecommunications, and automobile manufacturing.

    Professional Background
  • Hughes Arrell Kinchen LLP, Partner, 2006-Present.
  • United States Attorney’s Office, Southern District of Texas, 1998-2000, 2003-2006.
  • Weil Gotshal & Manges, L.L.P., Sr. Associate, 2001-2003.
  • Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P., Associate, 1994-1998.

  • University of Texas School of Law, JD, 1994.
  • Louisiana State University, Bachelor of Science – Accounting, 1990.

    Representative Cases
  • Trial lead for Transocean in the three-month federal multi-district litigation trial related to the Macondo oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
  • Represented Transocean in two-year criminal investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice related to the Macondo oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
  • Represented Transocean in administrative investigations and proceedings before the U.S. Coast Guard, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE), Environmental Protection Agency and Chemical Safety Board.
  • Successfully defended corporate officer of national healthcare provider in SEC criminal investigation and related shareholder lawsuit.
  • Successfully prosecuted multiple executive compensation claims against a multi-national energy corporation.
  • Successfully defended major energy corporation in a federal public corruption investigation; the client avoided both civil and criminal liability.
  • Successfully defended taxpayer in a multi-million dollar federal fraud investigation.

    Teaching, Publications & Awards
  • South Texas School of Law, Adjunct Professor – Accounting for Lawyers (Fall 1999-2011).
  • University of Houston Law School, Adjunct Professor – Real Estate Tax (Fall 1998).
  • Named a Texas SuperLawyer “Rising Star” in securities litigation in 2007-2009.
  • Named a Texas SuperLawyer “Rising Star” in criminal prosecution in 2005 and 2006 (only state or federal prosecutor in the Southern District of Texas to receive this designation).
  • “Criminal Liabilities in the Business Setting” – Texas Association of Defense Counsel – Fall Meeting, September 2006.
  • “Electronic Data Discovery” – LegalTech New Orleans Conference, December 6, 2001.
  • “Survey of Fifth Circuit Tax Cases” – Texas Tech School of Law – Law Review, Spring 1998.
  • “Federal Taxation and The Internet” – University of Texas School of Law – March 1997.
  • “Employment Classification Issues and Legislative Update” – Houston Bar Association, Section of Taxation, February 15, 1996.
  • “Worker Classification Issues” – Houston Bar Association, Section of Taxation – February 16, 1995.