John R. Shiner's distinguished career includes broad litigation experience with an emphasis on complex and high-profile controversies. Mr. Shiner opened Holme Roberts & Owen’s Los Angeles office and served as Managing Partner. The firm combined with Bryan Cave in 2012.
Mr. Shiner has represented clients on numerous occasions before the California and United States Supreme Courts, appearing on a regular basis before state and federal trial and appellate courts.
As a result of Mr. Shiner’s years of litigation experience, a discreet part of his practice is devoted to assisting clients in dispute resolution proceedings. His objective is to independently analyze potential and existing claims while developing strategies designed to achieve an early and cost-effective disposition.
Mr. Shiner’s extensive experience includes working with Fortune 500 companies, non-profit organizations, private clubs, high net-worth individuals and families who seek his breadth of knowledge as counsel and advisor. He regularly consults with corporate directors, officers and senior management. These representations include AEG, Air New Zealand Limited, Altera Corporation, CalEnergy Generation, Delta Air Lines, Easter Seals, Holiday Inn, Kiewit Corporation, The Maybach Foundation, Southern California Edison and Western Airlines. Mr. Shiner has been engaged as special counsel to Union Pacific Railroad.
Mr. Shiner has a long history of representing clients in high-profile controversies. By way of example, he represented film director Blake Edwards, former Rams football coach George Allen and the Los Angeles Chief Probation Officer in litigation following his dismissal by the Board of Supervisors. Most recently, Mr. Shiner was lead counsel for the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles in proceedings addressing the legal ramifications stemming from the disaffiliation by four parishes from the Protestant Episcopal Church. These historic cases, before California trial and appellate courts and the United States Supreme Court, will influence the future of dissenting congregations throughout the country.
Throughout his career, Mr. Shiner has served as counsel to California private clubs. He has represented Bernardo Heights Country Club in one of California’s first same-sex disputes to reach the Supreme Court, Fairbanks Ranch Country Club in disputes with the City of San Diego, Hillcrest Country Club, Los Angeles Country Club, and the Jonathan Club. Mr. Shiner is a member of the Jonathan Club, where he served as General Counsel. He also was appointed to the Board of the California State Club Association, which represents more than 100 private clubs throughout California.
Mr. Shiner is a Canon and Chancellor Emeritus to the Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles, which spans Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties. He has also represented the Bishop of the Serbian Orthodox Diocese of New Gracanica and the University Presbyterian Church.
Mr. Shiner served as a Director of MidAmerican Energy Holdings Company, a New York Stock Exchange company headquartered in Omaha, where he chaired the Audit, Compensation and Environmental Committees. The Company ultimately became affiliated with Warren Buffet.
Mr. Shiner takes an active role in supporting business associations and non-profit organizations throughout Southern California. He served as President of the Symphony of the Verdugos and counsel to Camp del Corazon, an organization devoted to children with heart-related challenges. He is a member of Vaqueros del Desierto and the Lincoln Club. In addition, Mr. Shiner was elected to the CalChamber Board of Directors, whose members are selected by ranking executives throughout the state, and chairs the Environmental Committee. He also is a Director of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce.
Mr. Shiner and his family are well-established in Los Angeles and have contributed to the vitality of the community over several generations, actively supporting many charitable and philanthropic organizations. He attended The John Thomas Dye School and Harvard-Westlake School.