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John, a Miami University and Ohio State Law School graduate, has long been seen by members of our community as a prominent litigator in family, real estate, and bankruptcy law. Having practiced since 1979, he's built lasting, multi-generational relationships with families across five counties in Ohio.

A Family Affair

John had been interested in law when he met his future wife in high school, but it was his father-in-law — a practicing lawyer since the 1940s — who inspired John to make a difference. Putting the law into action fit perfectly with John’s desire to help the community, so the decision to devote his life to the profession was easy. When he started out practicing with his father-in-law's large firm in Cleveland, it was clear that family law was John's primary area of interest.

In fact, John finds it best to talk with clients personally — as though they were family. He likes to sit with people until he understands what the issues are and how best to solve them. From decades of experience, John knows that those we help are sometimes scared, and the most effective way forward is to communicate exactly what the litigation process will entail through to the end. John's straightforward conversation gives our clients the peace of mind they need to devote energy to other areas in their lives.

I’m only satisfied when my clients come out happy.

Practicing in Bankruptcy Law

Family law and real estate law are the areas in which John started in the past, but over the years clients began to take Caplea & Variola in new directions. There’s been a growing need in the community to resolve bankruptcy issues, and John's goal has been to concentrate in this area as well. You won't find an attorney better suited to handle your case than John; he is happy to assess your financial situation and thinks if you have multiple options to choose from, then the best one is sure to emerge. John's guiding hand will see you through the process with steady confidence and years of experience on your side. In good company, you won't feel alone.

Outside of the practice, John spent 20 years coaching baseball and soccer when he was younger and even had fun playing here and there. He doesn't get out to the field that often anymore, but now that his son is seven, John very much looks forward to coaching again. Going to games with his family, watching sports, and reading are some of his favorite pastimes.

Bar Admissions

  • Ohio, 1979


  • Ohio State University - J.D. - Class of ‘79
  • Miami University - B.S. - Class of ‘76