John was born in Missoula and grew up in Helena. He earned a
bachelor's degree in philosophy, magna cum laude, from
Carroll College in 1969, and received his Juris Doctor
degree with high honors from the University of Montana
School of Law in 1973. He accepted two federal clerkships
after law school, and clerked for U.S. District Judge W.J.
Jameson from 1973-1974, and for U.S. Circuit Judge James R.
Browning, Ninth Circuit, from 1974-1975. John was admitted
to practice in both state and federal courts in Montana in
1973, and is also admitted to the U.S. Court of Appeals for
the Ninth Circuit.
John has been in private practice for 33 years, and is a
founding member of Hughes, Kellner, Sullivan & Alke. His
practice areas include employment law, mediation, design
professional defense, health care, and civil litigation. He
holds an AV rating, the highest rating in the Martindale
Hubbell Law Directory, and is also listed in Band One of
Montana Employment Lawyers by Chambers and Partners, and in
the Labor and Employment Section of The Best Lawyers in
America. He is a member of the State Bar of Montana, the
American Judicature Society, the Defense Research Institute,
and the Montana Defense Trial Lawyers Association. John's
hobbies and interests include hiking, photography, yoga, and