John graduated from Norfolk Collegiate School in 1986 and received his B. A. from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia in 1990. While in college John attended the University of Queensland and the University of New South Wales, in Australia.
Thereafter, John received his J.D. from Creighton University School of Law in 1993. Also in 1993, John was admitted to the Bar of the Commonwealth of Virginia and to the Bar of the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia.
John resides happily in Portsmouth, Virginia with his wife and two sons.