John is the President and General Counsel of NILF. John also is CEO and a shareholder of The Busch Firm, a California-based law firm.
John has extensive experience advising for-profit and nonprofit clients on business transactions, entity structures, and corporate formation and governance. John has advised several Catholic dioceses, religious orders, private religious schools, and other religious organizations on mission-focused corporate structuring and governance, tax exemption issues, and philanthropic structures.
Representative engagements include:
- Corporate restructuring of a Catholic diocese operating in eight states
- Succession planning for the ongoing administration of an all-female preparatory school founded by a Roman Catholic women’s religious order
- Establishment of donor-advised funds and supporting organizations for a Roman Catholic public charity
- Advising on the structure and preparing the governing instruments for restricted endowment funds within a religiously-affiliated community foundation
- Formation of and obtaining tax exemption for an Evangelical Christian film company
- Advising on corporate structure and governance for a start-up evangelical Quaker high school
- Advising on and formation of a for-profit / nonprofit partnership for the development and production of film adaptations of literary works by Christian authors
- Advising on the merger of a private foundation into a religiously-affiliated supporting organization
John worked closely with Tim Busch and Fr. Robert Spitzer, S.J. on the founding of the Napa Institute (www.napa-institute.org) and early development of the content for its programs. Additionally, prior to his legal career, John taught English at an all-male Roman Catholic preparatory school in northern California.
John holds a J.D. cum laude from the University of Notre Dame Law School, an A.M. (Religious Studies) from The University of Chicago Divinity School, and a B.A. (magna cum laude; Phi Beta Kappa) from Santa Clara University.