JD/MBA Graduate at Santa Clara University
Provo, Utah Area | Law Practice

Recent JD/MBA graduate from Santa Clara University in the School of Law and Leavey School of Business. Currently preparing for admission to Utah state bar.

Graduated from Brigham Young University with a BS of Information Systems in April 2010. Worked at an exciting startup, EnticeLabs, as an online advertising campaign manager. Also helped run the 2011 season of BoomStartup, a tech startup incubator in Utah.

Co-founder (2015 - Present)
Startup Ignition
Privately Held, 1-10 employees, Higher Education

Startup Ignition is a 5-week entrepreneurship startup bootcamp spread over a 3 month period for actual implementation that prepares entrepreneurs, founders, and teams to properly launch a company and take the right steps towards mitigating risk and increasing success. We enable our students by removing the fluff from a traditional 4-year degree or other out-dated programs and delivering an intense and impactful results-driven curriculum.

Legal Consultant (2013 - 2014)
Parlant Technology
Privately Held, 51-200 employees, Computer Software

Worked with general counsel in multiple areas of corporate and intellectual property law, including drafting patents, defending trademarks, auditing corporate records, and drafting software licensing agreements and contracts. Worked on extensive audit and due diligence for successful acquisition by Blackboard, Inc.

Student Volunteer (2014 - 2014)
Entrepreneurs' Law Clinic, Santa Clara University School of Law
Educational Institution, 11-50 employees, Legal Services

Worked on matters for two startup clients including business organization, stock purchase agreements, employment agreements, legal research, and compliance.

Legal Intern (2013 - 2013)
Parlant Technology
Privately Held, 51-200 employees, Computer Software
Summer Intern (2012 - 2012)
Bennett Tueller Johnson & Deere
51-200 employees, Law Practice

Worked in the firm’s corporate section. Conducted legal research, wrote office and motion memoranda, and reviewed contracts and documents that covered a wide variety of corporate legal areas including corporate transactions, business organizations, acquisitions, mergers, debt, equity, and venture financing.

Summer Student Extern (2012 - 2012)
Court of First Instance of the High Court

Assigned to three different judges (Hon. Bina Chainrai, Hon. Susana Maria D'Almada Remedios, Hon. Esther Toh) over a five week span. Engaged in comparative constitutional and criminal Hong Kong law research and analysis.

Orem Campus Site Leader (2011 - 2011)
Privately Held, 1-10 employees, Venture Capital & Private Equity

Administered the Orem Campus by readying office space for use by ten different startups such as creating an internet-enabled network, private work and meeting environments for each team, and other office related necessities. Created and maintained a new version of BoomStartup's website. Helped implement the program’s curriculum by arranging various speakers and planning meetups, get-togethers, dinners, and other events.

Campaign Manager (2009 - 2010)
Privately Held, 1-10 employees, Human Resources

Managed the operations of online recruitment campaigns for Fortune 500 companies such as IBM, Intel, Google, Adidas and Microsoft. Created and optimized search and display ad campaigns across many different publishers (AdWords Search and Display Networks, Facebook, LinkedIn, Indeed, and other independent sites). Researched and implemented the use of various social networking tactics, besides paid advertising, to find qualified candidates for our clients.

Teacher's Assistant for Dr. Brent Strong (2008 - 2010)
Brigham Young University
Educational Institution, 1001-5000 employees, Higher Education
Head Technician (2007 - 2009)
Privately Held, 11-50 employees, Information Services

Carefully converted clients’ home media to digital format with acute attention to quality and detail. Managed a team of technicians, including scheduling and distribution of assignments. Learned how to meet project deadlines and multitask with different projects.

Volunteer Proselyting Missionary, Zone Leader (2005 - 2007)
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - Human Resources
Nonprofit, 5001-10,000 employees, Religious Institutions

Promoted moral concepts and family values in one-on-one and group sessions in English and Cantonese. Led a group of approximately thirty volunteers during my last year by training and delivering motivational speeches and lessons. Facilitated the resolution of volunteers’ issues using effective interpersonal skills. Coordinated with local charities to provide volunteer work such as English lessons, accident clean-up, and the care of disabled children.

Skills & Expertise

SEM, PPC, Entrepreneurship, SEO, Google Adwords, Social Media, Google Analytics, Social Media Marketing, Online Advertising, Social Networking, Microsoft Excel, Facebook, Strategy, Start-ups, Management

  • Chinese - Cantonese
Santa Clara University - Leavey School of Business (2011 - 2015)
Master of Business Administration (MBA), Finance, Entrepreneurship
Activities and societies: Beta Gamma Sigma, honors Dean's List
Santa Clara University School of Law (2011 - 2015)
Doctor of Law (JD), Law
Activities and societies: J. Reuben Clark Law Society, President

High Tech Law Certificate, Corporate Specialization

Brigham Young University (2004 - 2010)
Bachelors, Information Systems
Activities and societies: Association for Systems Management

Graduated with BS Information Systems in April 2010.

John and I studied together at Brigham Young University. We were in the same group and worked on many projects together. What always surprised me about John was his ability to grasp difficult concepts much quicker then his peers, myself included. I liked to joke about how he was a genius, but it was only partially a joke, because he seemed to put in less effort and produce greater results in a short amount of time. He worked well with the team, and our team was always doing great work. We competed in two competitions at BYU, Intex1 & 2. These were consulting competitions judged and put on my Accenture where we were given 2 weeks to complete a task. The first time we recieved the award for "Best GUI", and the second time we were awarded 2nd place, with about 25 teams competing.
During my time at Acentra, John was an excellent partner in satisfying customers. His strategic methods of tackling work yielded fast results, and happy clients. John is someone who will find the most efficient way to approach a problem, and will carry it out.
John worked extremely hard for us while at Enticelabs, I really loved having him on my team.

John has a really strong set of skills. He's knowledgeable enough to utilize technology to solve a problem, but business savvy enough to solve problems in smart efficient ways. This combination made him a great asset. In layman's terms, He's got skills of a nerd, but the brain of a savvy businessman.

I was always impressed with how quickly he would accomplish tasks I would assign to him. I usually planned for tasks to take much longer than it would take him to do it.

He's a fantastic online marketer. It didn't matter if it was Adwords, Facebook, or any other publisher, he was able to manage our campaigns effectively. He has a keen understanding of all the aspects of marketing on the internet, from initial ad creation all the way through to tracking conversions. He gets the big picture and is good at putting it all together.

John is also very level headed and easy to get along with. I enjoyed working with John, and look forward to being able to work with him again in the future.
John is 100% dependable and made it easy to task him knowing he would deliver with high quality and on time. John is not afraid to tackle difficult tasks and go the extra mile to ensure things run and function as efficient as possible. I highly recommend John to anyone who has the opportunity to work with him.
I had the opportunity to work with John on a regular basis. John is a very talented individual always willing to tackle a problem and own it. His qualities alone should speak to any future employer considering to add him to their team. I recommend John Richards.
John did such a great job during his internship that we asked him to stay on afterwards. He's a quick learner, and demonstrated his intelligence every day by tackling the complex and difficult task of running a wide variety of advertising campaigns across a wide variety of online advertising mediums. I'm confident he will go on to do great things -- I would definitely recommend him.