John is substantially involved in the firm’s litigation on behalf of foreign terror victims and victims of international human rights abuses. He was a key member of the litigation team prosecuting Linde et al. v. Arab Bank Plc, the first litigation against a financial institution brought to trial under the Anti-Terrorism Act. In this historic litigation, John is also pursuing Alien Tort Statute claims against Arab Bank for a separate class of plaintiffs.
John is also a member of the team pursuing a civil action against al Qaeda's alleged financiers and supporters arising out of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. He has pursued litigation against Libya for allegedly providing material resources to the Provisional Irish Republican Army, resulting in the death and injury of citizens of the United States and United Kingdom. John plays a key role in Krishanthi, et al. v. Rajaratnam, a case brought under the Alien Tort Statute involving allegations of American-sourced financing for dozens of terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka carried out by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. He was also extensively involved in an Alien Tort Statute case on behalf of young boys allegedly kidnapped for enslavement as camel jockeys in the United Arab Emirates.
Prior to joining Motley Rice in 2004, John served as counsel in a case brought under the Anti-Terrorism Act against various charitable organizations and political groups in the U.S. for supplying Hamas with material support and financial resources in the groundbreaking Boim v. Quranic Literacy Institute.
John has drafted various “friend of the court” briefs to the Supreme Court on issues related to anti-terrorism and customary international law on behalf of a broad range of individuals and organizations.
John has also handled multiple personal injury and wrongful death cases involving tour bus and commercial truck crashes, both domestic and international. In 2010, a tour bus operated by Boston-based Grand Circle Travel crashed near Aswan, Egypt, killing eight passengers and injuring numerous others. John and the Motley Rice litigation team filed suit on behalf of seven of the victims of the crash against the tour operator and negotiated a settlement for our clients in 2015.*
A former independent terrorism consultant for the Washington, D.C.-based think tank, The Investigative Project on Terrorism, John served as a liaison and researcher working with the FBI, INS, and U.S. Customs on terrorism financing investigations related to Hamas and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorist organizations.
John is a published author on counterterrorism and security and was a central contributor to the non-fiction work American Jihad: The Terrorists Living Among Us (Free Press 2002), which details the activities of organizations and individuals within the U.S. who provide material support and/or resources to Middle Eastern and Islamic terrorist organizations abroad.
John lives in Mount Pleasant, S.C., with his wife and two children, and serves as a deacon in his church.
* Please remember that every case is different. Any result we achieve for one client in one matter does not necessarily indicate similar results can be obtained for other clients.