- Case Western Reserve University School of Law, J.D., 1984
- Case Western Reserve University, B.A., 1979
Bar & Court Admissions
- Admitted to practice law only in the states listed above.
John is a partner in the Vorys Akron and Cleveland offices and a member of the corporate practice group. He specializes in general corporate and securities law with an emphasis on transactional representation. He has significant experience in the representation of public companies from both a transactional and compliance perspective and has extensive experience in corporate governance matters, mergers and acquisitions, public and private debt and equity financings, venture capital investments, private investment partnerships, and executive compensation matters.
John is a member of the State Bar of Texas, the Akron Bar Association and the Akron Bar Foundation.
John has lectured extensively to local and regional bar associations, chambers of commerce and other professional organizations on a variety of topics, including buying and selling a business, executive compensation, attracting and retaining top talent, mergers and acquisitions, ethics for securities attorneys and the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.
John received his J.D. from Case Western Reserve University School of Law and his B.A. from Case Western Reserve University.
Before joining Vorys, John was corporate counsel for a New York Stock Exchange traded homebuilding company.
Professional and Community Activities
- Center for Business Law and Regulation, Case Western Reserve University School of Law, Advisory Committee, 2007
- Youngstown-Warren Regional Chamber of Commerce Member, 2006-present
- Ice Castle Scholarship Fund, Member, 2005-present
- 1/28/2015Vorys partner John Saganich was a speaker at Case Western Reserve University School of Law on January 28, 2015.
- 5/20/2016On May 17, 2016, the SEC updated its Compliance & Disclosure Interpretations (C&DIs) concerning the use of non-GAAP financial measures. The new guidance focuses on the calculation and presentation of non-GAAP financial measures in SEC filings and earnings releases subject to Regulation G and/or Item 10(e) of Regulation S-K.
- 8/10/2015On August 5, 2015, the SEC voted 3-2 to adopt the final pay ratio disclosure rules imple¬menting Section 953(b) of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (the Dodd-Frank Act).
- 7/6/2015On July 1, 2015, the SEC issued proposed rules that would require listed issuers to: • adopt and comply with a policy requiring the recovery of excess incentive-based compensation from the issuer’s executive officers in the event of material accounting restatements; and • disclose the listed issuer’s clawback policy and certain information relating to the application of such clawback policy.
- 5/5/2015On April 29, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) proposed rules to implement Section 953(a) of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, which directs the SEC to require additional “pay-versus-performance” disclosure in any proxy information statements in which executive compensation disclosure is required pursuant to Item 402 of Regulation S-K.
- 4/3/2015Securities Alert: SEC Amends Regulation A Exemption to apply to Offerings of up to $50 Million of Securities AnnuallyOn March 25, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted amendments to Regulation A, which provides an exemption from the registration requirements of the Securities Act of 1933 (Securities Act) for smaller securities offerings by private (non-SEC reporting) companies.
- 2/12/2015On February 9, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the SEC) proposed rules to implement Section 955 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, which directs the SEC to require, by rule, each public company to disclose in any proxy or consent solicitation material for an annual meeting of the shareholders of the company whether any employee or director, or any designee of such employee or director, is permitted to hedge the company’s equity securities.
- 1/13/2015It is once again time for public companies to march into proxy season. While the SEC has not adopted any significant new rules or amendments effective for the 2015 proxy season, you should keep the following items in mind as you prepare.
- 9/20/2013On September 18, 2013, the Securities and Exchange Commission proposed new pay ratio rules pursuant to Section 953(b) of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010.
- 11/21/2012On November 16, 2012, Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. (ISS) released the 2013 Updates to its U.S. Corporate Governance Policy (the 2013 Updates). The 2013 Updates will be effective for shareholder meetings on or after February 1, 2013, unless otherwise noted within the alert.
- 10/3/2012Securities Alert: NYSE Amends Rule Filing To Correct Effective Dates of Compliance with New Compensation Committee and Compensation Adviser Independence StandardsOn October 1, 2012, New York Stock Exchange LLC (NYSE) amended the proposed listing standards it issued on September 25, 2012 implementing the requirements imposed by Section 10C of the Securities Exchange of 1934 and Exchange Act Rule 10C-1.
- 10/1/2012Securities Alert: NYSE, NASDAQ Propose Rules Regarding Compensation Committee and Adviser IndependenceOn September 25 and 26, 2012, respectively, New York Stock Exchange LLC (NYSE) and The NASDAQ Stock Market LLC (NASDAQ) proposed amendments to their listing standards to comply with the requirements of Section 10C of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the Exchange Act), as set forth in Exchange Act Rule 10C-1, relating to the independence of compensation committees and compensation advisers.
- 6/26/2012Securities Alert: New SEC Rule and Disclosure Requirements Adopted Governing Compensation CommitteesOn June 20, 2012, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted a new final rule and amendments to current proxy disclosure rules regarding compensation committees. The new rule implements compensation committee listing requirements.
- 1/26/2012The New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) published Information Memo 12-4 on January 25, 2012, in which NYSE altered its previous position under NYSE Rule 452 of allowing brokers to vote customer shares in certain situations without specific client instructions.