John Beckman helps his clients navigate the ever-changing public company landscape. He focuses on SEC disclosure, stock exchange listing requirements, financial and accounting issues, proxy solicitations, insider trading, state corporate law issues, transactions, and corporate governance. John frequently represents companies in connection with shareholder interactions, including hostile situations such as proxy contests.

As co-leader of the firm's Public Company Advisory practice and a member of the firm's Capital Markets and Securities leadership team, John's focus is on representing public companies and their boards on strategic matters. He helps clients in a broad range of complex corporate transactions, such as mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, spin-offs, dividends and distributions, tender offers, exchange offers, and recapitalizations.

John serves as regular outside corporate governance and securities counsel to numerous NYSE and NASDAQ listed companies. In addition, John is regularly engaged as special securities counsel by other law firms, companies, and boards to advise on special situations. He represents companies in an array of industries, including aerospace, defense and government services, industrial, financial services, consumer products, and hotels.

Awards and recognitions


Acritas Star
Acritas Stars Independently Rated Lawyers


M&A/Corporate and Commercial: Corporate Governance
Legal 500 US


M&A/Corporate and Commercial: Shareholder Activism: Advice to Boards
Legal 500 US

Education and admissions


J.D., University of Baltimore School of Law, magna cum laude, 1997

B.S., Towson University, 1994


Member, Business Law Section, American Bar Association

Bar admissions and qualifications

District of Columbia

Representative experience

Papa John’s International and its independent directors in a feud with its founder and US$250m investment by Starboard Value LP, named The Deal’s Activist Campaign of the Year.

Represented Orbital ATK, Inc. (NYSE: OA), a leading aerospace and defense company, in its US$9.2bn sale to Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC).

Represented Brown-Forman (NYSE: BFA, BFB), one of the largest American-owned spirits and wine companies, in corporate governance matters and its recent notes offering.

Represented Orbital Sciences Corporation (NYSE: ORB) in connection with its US$5bn "merger of equals" transaction with Alliant Techsystems, Inc.

Represented Reliance Steel & Aluminum Co. (NYSE: RS) in connection with its reincorporation from California to Delaware.

Represented McCormick & Co. (NYSE: MKC), a global leader in flavor and spices, in its debt offerings.

Represented Choice Hotels International, Inc. (NYSE: CHH) in connection with its debt offerings and special dividend transaction.

Represented Osiris Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: OSIR) in a multi-year financial restatement and its sale by tender offer to Smith & Nephew, plc.

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