Attorney & Counselor
John is Senior Counsel to Kruger Carson. He has broad experience as a partner in a major law firm and as senior corporate counsel, representing individuals and companies in the mining industry. For more than 40 years, John has assisted clients in the United States and Mexico with a wide range of matters involved in the mining, processing, and distribution of various materials.
John was a partner of Haynes and Boone, resident in San Antonio. On behalf of that firm, he moved to Mexico in the 1990’s to establish the firm’s Mexico City office and serve as its managing partner. While at Haynes and Boone, John acted as interim General Counsel for the Mining Division of Morrison Knudsen Corporation, a large international engineering, construction, and mining company. He subsequently joined Martin Marietta Materials, Inc., one of the leading aggregate miners in the United States, as Senior Associate General Counsel with responsibilities covering operations in the Southwest and overseas.
In the course of John’s career:
- He has been involved with the acquisition and divestitures of a number of publicly and privately held mining companies. His roles have included negotiating the terms of the acquisition or divestiture, due diligence investigations, document preparation, permitting, and the details associated with closing such transactions.
- He also has been involved in negotiating and drafting hundreds of real estate purchases and leases for mining. He has done so representing landowners as well as mining companies. As a result, he has developed a thorough knowledge of the terms that are important from both a landowner’s and a mining company’s perspective.
- He has gained a great deal of experience in assisting clients with transportation matters, having been directly involved with the domestic and international movement of mined products by ship, truck, and rail, including the negotiation and drafting of numerous transportation agreements with the Union Pacific and BNSF railroads
- He has been involved in developing and implementing plans for the use of mining property following the conclusion of mining activities. John and Adam Kruger worked together on behalf of a client in the sale of a mined portion of a large (and still active) quarry in San Antonio to form the basis of the Rim, a regional shopping center with more than 100 planned and active businesses.
John graduated with honors from Texas Tech University School of Law. He served as a law clerk to Judge D. W. Suttle in the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas. He has been a frequent speaker at legal seminars and is a member of numerous bar associations. He has a Martindale-Hubbell AV peer review rating.