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  • Education
    • J.D., University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, 2010, Arizona Law Review
    • M.S., Capella University, 2007, Organization and Management (emphasis in leadership)
    • Graduate Certificate, University of Oklahoma-Norman, 2004, Department of Defense Joint Course in Communication
    • B.A., University of Maryland University College, 2003, Communication Studies

A background in journalism has become a potent advantage in resolving business and legal disputes for former U.S. Marine John Barwell — especially when a favorable resolution requires an ability to explain the issues in simple, persuasive terms. John concentrates his practice defending products liability and personal injury lawsuits on behalf of major corporations and manufacturers. In doing so, he works directly with accident investigators, reconstructionists, and other experts to determine and evaluate the causes of an alleged injury, and he then assists clients in mitigating risk by developing defense and settlement strategies commensurate with the evidence and potential exposure.

John also represents plaintiffs and defendants in various business and commercial litigation matters, including breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, embezzlement, fraud and misrepresentation. His investigative and analytical skills make him especially adept in assisting business clients with identifying and recovering monies and other assets misappropriated by third-party tortfeasors.

In law school, John actively assisted military veterans by spearheading an initiative culminating in Tucson’s first Veteran’s Court, which assists veterans transitioning to civilian life. During his 15 years in the Marines, John served as an infantry rifleman and later as a combat journalist and public relations practitioner. His service included a combat tour protecting the U.S. Embassy in Mogadishu, Somalia.

  • Obtained a full defense verdict after a trial in which a national equipment rental company sued our client (a local non-profit youth soccer league) for breach of contract. The court also ordered the rental company to reimburse our client’s attorney fees.
  • First-chaired a five-day jury trial in federal court involving claims of assault, battery, and violation of a prisoner’s civil rights under the Eighth Amendment to the United States Constitution through the use of excessive force/cruel and unusual punishment.
  • First-chaired a three-day jury trial in state court involving claims of breach of contract, breach of good faith, negligent misrepresentation, and unjust enrichment.
  • Investigated the long-term embezzlement of over $1 million from a large hospital system client.  And without filing a lawsuit, negotiated a favorable monetary recovery from one of several culpable parties. The investigation included interviewing witnesses and analyzing hundreds of thousands of invoices, emails and other documents to determine the scope of the frauds and to identify the responsible parties.
  • Defended several personal injury lawsuits, including catastrophic injury and wrongful death claims, on behalf of an international vehicle rental company.
  • Prosecuted dozens of breach-of-contract actions on behalf of prominent Arizona country clubs.
  • Negotiated a mortgage dispute on behalf of a military veteran against a national financial institution, culminating in a favorable monetary recovery for the veteran.
  • Investigated the long-term embezzlement of a business client’s company profits, concluding with a felony conviction and prison sentence for the suspect employee, and a monetary recovery from the client's insurance carrier and banking institution.  
  • Assisted in the successful defense of multiple apartment complexes against claims of toxic mold exposure by more than 40 plaintiffs.