John was born in Roundup, Montana, the fourth of six children. His father is
a World War II veteran who grew up on a homestead ranch during the
Depression, and his mother, a rural schoolteacher who taught in a one-room
schoolhouse. His parents taught him the importance of hard work and
generosity, and to respect and value everyone. John continues their legacy
of giving back to the community.
John grew up working on cattle ranches, and for a local painting and roofing
contractor. In 1979, John enrolled in LSU’s Paul M. Hebert Law Center in
Baton Rouge. He finished the first year of Law School in the top 10% of his
class, and was named a member of the Louisiana Law Review,
articles in nationally noted Law Reviews.
John began his legal career as a Judicial Clerk for 2nd Circuit Court of
Appeal Judge, the Hon. Fred C. Sexton, Jr. For over 25 years, John and his
wife have dedicated their law practice to representing Louisiana’s working
families, successfully handling cases before the Louisiana Supreme Court and
the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals; in Louisiana’s
appellate courts; and in state, federal, and municipal trial courts. John
and his wife have performed thousands of hours of free legal work, to help
seniors, veterans, working families and family-owned businesses get Justice
in the court system.
is committed to his community. This commitment is demonstrated by his
ministry throughout the last 20 years to children, including inner city
youth, and kids from broken homes. He has assisted in children’s ministries
at his home church, taught Sunday school to 5th and 6th grade boys, led
devotional services at a juvenile detention center, preached the Gospel at a
rehabilitation center for teens, and mentored the young. He has
participated in prison ministry and nursing home ministries, served on the
Board of the Shreveport-Bossier Rescue Mission, led chapel services at the
Mission, and taught leadership in elementary schools.
is a 29-year member of Shreveport Community Church, where he has served on
the Board of Directors, under Senior Pastor Denny Duron, since 1998.
John believes that values mean something when they are put into action. He
worked for over 8 years without pay, to get an innocent man out of prison;
performed years of pro bono legal work to fight the operation of a strip
club in downtown Shreveport; opposed the operation of a dump near Cross
Lake, Shreveport's water supply; spoke out against alcohol sales across the
street from a public library frequented by grade school children; opposed
the operation of a liquor store across the road from North DeSoto School;
spoke out against a rollover of property taxes in Caddo Parish; advocated
for a bible curriculum in Caddo Public Schools; and worked to defeat a tax
bond proposal in Caddo Parish to build unneeded buildings, that would have
added over $120 million to the property taxes on Caddo Parish citizens, who
already pay among the highest property taxes in the state. He financially
supports pro-life ministries in Northwest Louisiana and international
John lives in Keithville, Louisiana, with his wife of 30 years, Carola, a
teacher and attorney, and their 23-year-old daughter, Sarah, a recent
college honors graduate.