John Cardinal Parks is a partner in the Denver office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Antitrust & Competition Practice. Mr. Parks has over 40 years of experience in creating legal solutions to complex business problems, including counseling clients on antitrust and unfair competition issues, as well as representing them in litigation matters, assisting companies in reorganizing under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code, in addition to representing trustees, receivers, official committees and creditors in bankruptcy and insolvency matters, and representing parties in commercial transactions and disputes.
Mr. Parks has first chair jury and bench trial experience in dozens of cases and has argued numerous cases to federal and state courts of appeals. He has represented clients in courtrooms across the country, including cases litigated in New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware, South Carolina, Florida, Louisiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Michigan, Illinois, Minnesota, Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, Montana, Arizona, Nevada, and California.
In addition to having diverse experience in a wide range of substantive areas of the law, including antitrust and unfair competition, bankruptcy, commercial law, construction law, products liability, and medical malpractice, Mr. Parks has provided legal counsel to a variety of different industries, including airlines, electric utilities, equipment manufacturers, insurance companies, general contractors, transportation, telecommunications, hospitals, and doctors.
- University of Cincinnati College of Law, Juris Doctor, 1976
- Yale University, Bachelor of Arts, 1972
- State Bar Admissions, Colorado
- United States Courts of Appeals & Supreme Court
- United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
- United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
- United States Supreme Court
- United States District Courts
- United States District Court for the District of Arizona
- United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
- United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
- American Bar Association – member; Section of Antitrust
- American Bankruptcy Institute – member; Bankruptcy Litigation Committee; Business Reorganization Committee
- Colorado Lawyers Committee – Board of Directors – 1994-1999; Education Task Force – 1994-1999; 2017 – Present
- The Denver Law Club – President – 2009-2010
- Colorado Bar Association – member
Representative Cases :
- Advised Estenson Logistics, a Phoenix-based contract carriage company, on the federal antitrust issues pertaining the acquisition of $300 million of its assets by The Hub Group, a publicly-traded transportation management company, including preparation and filing of Estenson’s notification and report with the FTC and DOJ under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act.
- OtterBox Antitrust Litigation – Represented three terminated OtterBox distributors on a “hub-and-spoke” conspiracy under Section 1 of the Sherman Act against a smartphone case manufacturer and four of its current distributors.
- ClarkWestern Dietrich Antitrust Litigation – Represented one of the defendants in a Sherman Act Section 1 group boycott case filed by one of the members of the Steel Stud Manufacturers Association against certain other members. Claim against represented defendant resolved on a favorable terms early into the litigation.
- America West Airlines – During its reorganization under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code, counseled America West Airlines which, at the time, was the nation’s ninth largest air carrier, on whether to file a predatory pricing case against a competitor airline.
- Trillion Partners, Inc. – Represented the federal equity receiver for an Austin, Texas based wireless internet and VoIP provider that resulted in a $45 million sale of assets.
- ESM Government Securities – Represented the City of Toledo in connection with a $19 million claim in the Chapter 7 stockbroker liquidation of ESM Government Securities, the biggest government securities dealer failure in U.S. history that resulted losses totaling over $300 million.
- M. A. Mortenson Company – Defended M.A. Mortenson Company in litigation involving failure of the exterior facade of the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado.
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