The Inspiring Esquire Professional Law Professor Background Resume Credentials

July 4, 2010
  • Broad range of legal and business expertise, knowledge and experience including mergers, acquisitions, labor, EEO, employment, litigation, securities, finance, SOX, international, environmental, insurance, intellectual property, collections, ERISA and general corporate.
  • Successfully accomplished major projects including $532M sale of publicly traded company (Nasdaq: STTX) to an international company, Mitsui of Japan, at a 63% premium to market.
  • Established and maintained a proactive prevention program which resulted in no harassment lawsuits for over 10 years, no union certification in over 12 years, and a 75% reduction in workplace injuries and related workers compensation lawsuits over a 10 year period with estimated cumulative savings of over $10M. In addition, identified and obtained over $2M in government incentives and state tax savings.


FERRERI & FOGLE, Of Counsel, Louisville, KY.  2009 – Present. Practice specializes in employment, labor, transactional, and corporate law including associated litigation. CNN Headline News Legal Commentator Appearance:

STEEL TECHNOLOGIES INC., General Counsel & Secretary, Louisville, KY 1996 – 2008. Promoted from Counsel, Secretary & Human Resources Manager in 1997 to General Counsel & Secretary in 2001 overseeing a three-to-five person legal department. Designated Executive Officer in 2007. Responsible for closing of five acquisitions resulting in growth from 7 plants with $300M in sales to 25 plants with over $1.3B in sales.

Major Contributions:

  • Completed successful Secondary Offering and Private Placement raising $97M. Drafted Proxy Statements.
  • Responsible for legal aspects of SOX compliance including Code of Conduct and whistleblower.
  • Executive officer of offshore captive insurance company saving over $2M in premiums.
  • Successful campaign resulting in the decertification of USW plant near Gary, Indiana.
  • Through various joint ventures, experience with international and certified minority companies.
  • Created environmental compliance and monitoring program for 15 plants.
  • Strategy formulation and hands-on participation in the successful resolution of company lawsuits  including arguing before the Sixth and Seventh Circuit Federal Courts of Appeals.

UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE, SCHOOL OF BUSINESS, Adjunct Professor, Louisville, KY. 2006 – Present. CLAW 301: Legal Environment of Business (Contracts, Corporate & Franchise, Labor & Employment, Intellectual Property, Environmental and Criminal Law), 360 students, 2009 – 2010. Selected Most Inspiring Professor by 2009 Scholar Athlete of the Year.


EXXON CORPORATION, Attorney, Houston, TX, New Orleans, LA and Linden, NJ. About Non-Gamstop Casinos , UK. 1986 – 1993. Judgment of $2,400,000 obtained and collected on a counterclaim. Trial attorney assigned to property damage, personal injury, antitrust, and Jones Act cases. Assisted Professor Charles Allan Wright, author of Wright & Miller treatise series, in Fifth Circuit Oral Argument. Unitized contested natural gas field & drafted legislation that was adopted into law in Mississippi. Successfully handled two NLRB hearings and several arbitrations against the Teamsters labor union.

TOSCO CORPORATION, Bayway Refinery, Assistant General Counsel, Linden, NJ. 1993 – 1996. Created law department for start-up company following the $700M purchase of a New Jersey refinery from Exxon including negotiation of successor agreement with Teamsters resulting in significantly reduced workforce. Addressed several patent issues related to the transition of the refinery from Exxon to Tosco.


JK SUCCESS ENTERPRISES LLC. Owner, Consultant & Inspirational Speaker, Louisville, KY. 2008 – Present. A legal/management speaker/advising firm focused upon on workplace proactive prevention programs (harassment, union and injury), conducting leadership/ management and other skills training (success, negotiation and dealing with adversity: Eliminating unnecessary expenses by adopting advanced proactive prevention programs and working with people in these organizations to assure the success of these programs. Business Channel: Talk Show Host, The Inspiring Esquire on Enhancing Success

American Management Association Article:

Proactive Workplace Harassment Prevention Interview:

THORNTONS, INC. (150 store multi-state gasoline chain), Louisville, KY. 2002 – 2008. Advisory Board Member

KENTUCKY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, Frankfort, KY. 2004 – 2008. Board Member


Learn Negotiation Today: Attorney Edition for Kentucky Bar Association Seminar, Louisville, KY

Proactive Practice of Preventive Law: Papa Johns International executive officers, Louisville, KY;

Kentucky Bar Association Seminar, Louisville, KY; ALFA International Client Seminar, Miami, FL;

and Corporate Counsel Summit, Palm Desert, CA

Role of the Board of Directors in M&A Transactions: National Directors Institute, Chicago, IL

Hallmarks of a Successful In-House Law Department: with Chris Campbell, Esq., Senior Vice President, YUM Brands, Kentucky Bar Association Seminar, Lexington, KY

Remaining Non-Union: Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, Lexington & Louisville, KY


Cornell Law School, Juris Doctorate, Ithaca, NY. Research Assistant, Products Liability, Professor James Henderson.

University of Massachusetts, Bachelor of Business Administration, Amherst, MA. Summa Cum Laude, Management Honors.

Bar Admissions: Texas, Louisiana, New Jersey, Kentucky (active only in Kentucky). Kentucky Bar Association, Corporate House Counsel Section, Former Chair


What a wonderful presentation, John! You were wonderful and I am so grateful you shared your story. We were receiving excellent feedback in the chat too:

That was fantastic information, thank you for your candor and humor! Awesome 🤩 talk and info ! Thanks much. It’s hard, thanks for sharing. Thank you for sharing your story and for your positive attitude. It’s important to hear this message. This was just what I needed. Thank you so much. you are an inspiration, thank you!

As we stated, we hit 100 participants at 3:09!

Thank you again,

Eden Feldman, LCSW Associate Director, Community

I do not have the words to thank you enough for making the trip to Dallas to do two presentations for us at CC young. You truly are special and a rockstar and clearly touched many lives today. It is a victory! I was able to run all over campus and welcome guests and host you. It was a victory. Thanks to you for helping me think that way. We will catch you on the next round. Get some rest my friend. Safe travels. And know we love you from CC Young and Dallas!

Patty CC Young and Dallas

“After two years of not being able to hear speakers in person , I was thrilled to have John Bauman as a speaker at our “ Living Well With Parkinson’s’ Gala!. Not only was John engaging and inspiring to get to know off stage , on stage he truly drove home the theme of empowerment to our audience and left our growing community of attendees with several “ aha “ moments and desire to hear more. He spoke from personal experience as a Parkinson’s patient ,inspiring the audiences motivation to truly wish to make a difference and uniting us all in our humanity. Attendees after listening to John , felt inspired to make a difference in the world and do their part to create change for those living with Parkinson’s. My only regret was not being able to spend more time with John and I look forward to having him speak again to our audience.”

Naomi Wong WPP Program Manager

John’s message of hope, inspiration and laughter was ideal for anyone living with PD. He was extremely flexible and a delight to work with.

Leisha Phipps, MSW Program Director - Dallas Area Parkinson Society

We all felt inspired and enjoyed listening to your presentation. Even though we are not living with Parkinson’s, we felt boost of motivation to continue helping those who are living with this disease. I am motivated to make more personal phone calls to people living with PD and asking how they are doing. Sometimes that “extra” bit of kindness truly makes a difference to someone. I am also motivated to research program ideas and partner with other organizations that may have similar values.

I learned that life is unexpected and that you cannot control it. What matters is your attitude!

-Great way to end the day, brave man, thank you very much!

-Good, excellent, great, outstanding speaker, very moving!

-Inspirational who just “gets it”

-Positive thinker and very funny!

-Honest speaker but also humorous!

Parkinson’s Society of Southwest Ontario, Canada, Symposium Keynote Presentation

“whatever hand life deals you, whatever life changing adversity you have to endure, you still have some control over it.” “You don’t have to just to live well,” he advises,” but live an Amazing Life.” The formula he proposes: Faith in yourself, discipline, determination, desire, intensity, and inner strength.


Yes, you touched every person at our conference, who will in turn change and impact so many others. The feedback from our participants was overwhelmingly positive. You are the only speaker to ever receive a standing ovation. Thank you for taking time to share, motivate and inspire. We are blessed to know you.


I will be honest. During the first 10 minutes of your presentation, I started reading work related material on my laptop. For surely, I had watched your You-Tube and seen your videos and knew what to expect. Surely, as a therapist I had studied this disease, the pathological components, the psychological components, the treatment alternatives……..Surely, I understand it.

Not so much. You caught my attention and I was enthralled. You were able to couple the impairments you experience with the emotions felt. You walked us through your life with the disease through “your eyes”. A perspective that a therapist/nurse rarely has the chance to hear. We get so busy telling patients how to deal with x, y and z, but our eyes are blurred by the science of it all most of the time.

You did it through truth, Through your humor, humility and determination to tell your story. One that most deservedly needs to be shared.

I will advocate to have you share your story. I appreciate your determination, diligence and dedication.