John Ogden practices law through John H. Ogden Professional Corporation www.ogdenbusinesslaw.com, an independent affiliate of General Counsel on Demand. John serves the legal needs of emerging and small to mid-sized companies, primarily those that design, manufacture and install capital equipment. He also represents professional and trade associations. John has expertise in domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, commercial contract negotiations, employment law, environmental law and compliance, intellectual property disputes, litigation and alternative dispute resolution and real estate law. He has significant international experience, having worked on matters relating to Mexico, South America, and Asia.
From 1983 to 2003, John was the General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Werner & Pfleiderer Corporation, a market-leading designer and manufacturer of specialized and customized equipment for process industries. While at Werner & Pfleiderer, he also had operational business responsibilities, including procurement; health, safety and environmental affairs; export/import; shipping, receiving and warehousing; and facilities engineering. Before that, John was employed by Foster Wheeler, a large engineering, manufacturing and construction company, first as a buyer of professional services and then as an attorney.
John is a former President of the New Jersey Corporate Counsel Association and a former director and officer of its international parent association, the Association of Corporate Counsel. He is a Trustee and former Secretary of the New Jersey State Bar Foundation and a director of a California non-profit that improves literacy in underserved communities. John serves on the Advisory Boards of innovative for-profit legal service companies based in New York City and Arizona.
John has a law degree from Fordham Law School and an AB in Liberal Arts from Villanova University. He earned a Certificate in Proactive Leadership from Cornell University in 2005. In addition to preparing and presenting many continuing executive education programs, John studied negotiation theory at Harvard Law School’s Program of Instruction for Lawyers under Professor Roger Fisher, author of Getting to Yes, and he attended the Duke University Executive Program for Corporate Counsel.