John deployed to Iraq in September, 2003 with Carrier Air Wing ONE on board USS ENTERPRISE (CVN-65). At the completion of his Iraq deployment, John was selected to be a Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS) Instructor Pilot and served as a flight instructor for 3 years in Norfolk, Virginia. John earned the Navy Commendation Medal for his performance as a flight instructor.
At the completion of his flight instructor tour, John left Active Duty to attend law school as a civilian and he joined the Naval Reserve. As a Reservist, John was promoted to Lieutenant Commander in October, 2008. As a pilot John has logged over two thousand flight hours, over one hundred combat missions to Afghanistan and Iraq, and hundreds of carrier arrested landings. While in the Navy, John held numerous leadership positions. Significantly, as the FRS Aircraft Division Officer, he led a division of over 180 maintenance professionals maintaining a fleet of more than a dozen aircraft.
Because of his background, John has been a natural fit at The Wolk Law Firm. As a law clerk, John was responsible for supervising wreckage inspections, interacting with clients and drafting motions, especially complex Daubert motions that deal with the technical and legal intricacies of aviation expert witnesses. John has worked closely with our firm’s piloting experts, including test pilots, and has orchestrated flight and ground tests that help us better understand aircraft and aviation product limitations.
John’s impressive work continues now that he is an attorney. His aviation and leadership experience have given him the compassion and understanding to interact with clients during their time in need.