John Shaw has served as lead trial and appellate counsel in a variety of commercial, product liability, and securities matters. He has also been selected as national and regional counsel by both product manufacturers and securities broker dealers. He has handled disputes before FINRA, AAA, and CFTC, as well as regulatory matters before the SEC, FINRA, and state securities commissions.
John is a frequent lecturer on mediation and arbitration and has been on the faculty for the fall and spring conferences of FINRA and regional and national seminars for the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association. Best Lawyers in America has named him 2017 Kansas City Lawyer of the Year for Litigation-Regulatory Enforcement and 2019 Kansas City Lawyer of the Year for Litigation-Securities.
John received his B.A. (1973) and M.A. (1977) in English Literature, and his J.D. (1977), all from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He was a Casenote and Comment Editor of the Missouri Law Review and was admitted to the Order of the Coif. He remains active at the University where he is a member of the Strategic Advisory Board to the Dean of the College of Arts and Science and the Missouri 100 Advisory Board to the President of the University. He was the 2003 College of Arts and Science commencement speaker and received the College of Arts and Science Distinguished Alumni Award in 2005.
His outside interests include literature (from T.S. Eliot to T.S. Garp), music (from Rockabilly to Rachmaninov), and enough exercise to fight a reasonable battle against entropy and age. His latest hobby is serving as a laborer for his wife Cynthia’s gardening efforts.