Serving Clients in the Belleville Metro Area for over a Decade
John was born and has lived in Belleville, Illinois most of his life. He currently resides in Highland with his wife, Wendy, and two daughters, Hayley and Hadley.
John began his legal career at the St. Clair County Public Defender’s office where he defended a full range of misdemeanor, felony, and homicide cases. As a public defender, John gained valuable courtroom experience and learned the art of trying a case in front a jury.
After leaving the Public Defender’s Office, John spent over 6 years as a defense attorney in the private sector where he specialized in complex civil litigation at one of the largest litigation defense firms in the St. Louis area. John has conducted hundreds of depositions in over 30 different states, argued in countless hearings, and has represented some of the largest corporations in the United States. John has prepared cases for trial on behalf of numerous corporations in jurisdictions throughout the United States, including assisting a major corporation’s national counsel at trial in New York City, New York.
As a result of these experiences, John saw firsthand how large corporations that put profit before safety harmed people. He experienced firsthand how large corporations and their insurance companies evaluate claims made by injured persons and how they engage in legal gamesmanship to reduce an injured person’s recovery.
As a founding member of Hipskind & McAninch, LLC, John focuses his practice on representing individuals injured by the tortious acts of others, including cases such as catastrophic personal injury, wrongful death, products liability, pharmaceutical and medical devices and other mass torts. John also utilizes his courtroom and advocacy skills to represent those facing criminal prosecution or family turmoil such as a divorce, child custody issues and other family law matters.
Most recently, John was selected as a 2016 Illinois Super Lawyers Rising Star – the third year in a row he has received this honor. John attended Althoff Catholic High School (1998); Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (2004); Oklahoma City University School of Law (2008).