John D. Parker

Partner

Cleveland
T +1 216.861.7610  |  F +1 216.696.0740

John Parker is a trial lawyer. He has been called on by clients to try their most pressing and complex disputes, regardless of the area of law. For example, John has tried multimillion-dollar CERCLA liability and cost recovery cases, major supply contract cases, shareholder actions, fraud cases, and post-closing purchase price disputes arising from the sale of a business, among others. John has handled environmental litigation in numerous states, including Michigan, California, Texas, New Jersey and Delaware. He concentrates his litigation counseling practice primarily on environmental matters and contractual disputes, particularly those between manufacturers and their distributors, representatives or customers. John brings a unique perspective to his practice, as his previous role as General Counsel for a Fortune 500 company provided him with insight into the pressures faced by in-house counsel. This knowledge enables John to respond more effectively to his clients’ needs.

John serves as General Counsel for BakerHostetler. He has served on the firm’s Policy Committee and board of directors, and has been the Coordinator of the Cleveland office Litigation group. John has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America© since 2008 and has been ranked in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business.

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  • Tried multimillion-dollar CERCLA liability case to judgment. Successfully established that client has no operator liability under CERCLA.
  • Represented distributor in action against manufacturer for breach of distribution contract. Obtained jury verdict of approximately $2.8 million.
  • Tried a CERCLA allocation case involving past and future costs potentially exceeding $1 billion.
  • Handled environmental litigation involving cost allocation between former owners of industrial property in New Jersey.
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Experience

  • Tried multimillion-dollar CERCLA liability case to judgment. Successfully established that client has no operator liability under CERCLA.
  • Represented distributor in action against manufacturer for breach of distribution contract. Obtained jury verdict of approximately $2.8 million.
  • Tried a CERCLA allocation case involving past and future costs potentially exceeding $1 billion.
  • Handled environmental litigation involving cost allocation between former owners of industrial property in New Jersey.
  • Serves as lead counsel in pending Federal Court cost recovery litigation related to clean up of former industrial property in Vernon, California. 
  • Responsible for environmental litigation in the Northern District of California brought under CERCLA, RCRA and the Polanco Act.
  • Handled sale dispute arising under the UCC in arbitration. Client was awarded an amount in excess of $4 million.
  • In an AAA arbitration involving a supply contract, obtained an award for client valued in excess of $160 million.
  • Tried to verdict a suit brought against the former chairman and CEO of a publicly traded company by major shareholder alleging CEO made misrepresentations about company’s stock. Jury returned verdict in favor of client.
  • Tried interpleder action for a major bank in a fraud and negligence action with no finding of liability for the client.
  • Tried resale price maintenance case in which plaintiff sought in excess of $100 million. Obtained directed verdict for client, which was affirmed on appeal.
  • Provides advice to manufacturing clients on pricing issues and permissible downstream restraints on distributors that do not run afoul of antitrust laws.
  • Served as interim General Counsel for a Fortune 500 retail company. Obtained a unique close perspective on issues confronting in-house counsel.

Recognitions

  • Acritas Star (2016)
  • Chambers USA: Commercial Litigation in Ohio (2010)
  • The Best Lawyers in America© (2008 to 2015)
    • Cleveland: Commercial Litigation
  • Martindale-Hubbell: AV Preeminent
  • Ohio "Super Lawyer" (2005, 2011 to 2016)

Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association

Community

  • Ohio Guidestone: Board of Directors
  • The Gathering Place: former member of Board of Directors
  • Youth Challenge: former member of Board of Directors

Services

Industries

Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Tax Court
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
  • Ohio

Education

  • J.D., Case Western Reserve University School of Law, 1983
  • B.A., Communications, Bowling Green State University, 1979