John C. Matthews was born in Atlantic City, New Jersey and has lived in Baltimore, New York City, and Miami. He and his wife, Jessica, and their son Wyatt, currently live in Lone Tree, Colorado.
John joined White and Steele as Of Counsel in 2020 and was promoted to Officer in 2022. Prior to that time, John was a litigation partner in the Miami office of a national law firm. Before that, he worked in Manhattan and Miami as an associate for two national law firms. John has represented clients in high-stakes litigation across the country involving issues such as the theft of trade secrets, breaches of commercial contracts, patent infringement, and insurance-related disputes. He counsels alternative and traditional lenders, investment advisors, manufacturers, and real estate professionals on matters ranging from active litigations to risk mitigation. John also regularly handles claims brought under federal and state RICO statutes and 42 U.S.C. 1983, as well as claims brought against institutions that offer services to minors and developmentally challenged individuals.
John is admitted to the state courts of Colorado, New York, and Florida. He is also admitted to practice in the Southern District of New York, the Eastern District of New York, the Southern District of Florida, the Eastern District of Florida, and the District of Colorado. In his spare time, John enjoys spending time with his family, traveling to Baltimore for Ravens games, and working on his third legal thriller novel.
Mr. Meseck focuses on advocating for professionals facing malpractice claims and professional licensing complaints. He represents a variety of real estate professionals who have been sued by third parties or have matters before professional licensing authorities. Much of his practice focuses on defending real estate brokers, real estate brokerages, employing brokers, appraisers, mortgage loan originators, home inspectors and attorneys in civil actions as well as administrative licensing disputes. His practice also includes mediating real estate, professional liability and contract disputes. He has also represented clients in a wide variety of liability claims, including cases involving recreational activities resulting in personal injuries, trucking and motor vehicle accidents, premises liability, actions based on Section 1983, underground tank cases, wrongful death, and traumatic brain injury. Mr. Meseck is routinely retained to conduct pre-litigation investigations on recreational accidents, trucking accidents, and premises claims. Mr. Meseck has written and lectured on these topics. Throughout his career, he has always focused on finding cost-effective solutions even when there are complex legal problems.
Mr. Meseck began as a law clerk with White and Steele in 2000 and became associated with the firm in 2001 following graduation and his admission to the bars of Colorado and Wyoming. He was made a Shareholder of the firm in 2011. In his off time, he enjoys experiencing Colorado’s rich culture and history as well as enjoying all the natural resources the Colorado landscape offers.
Julie Noonan was born in Hartley, Iowa. She attended Iowa State University where she obtained a B.B.A in Finance in 1988. Julie then attended Creighton University School of Law where she obtained her juris doctorate in 1992.
Julie began her professional practice in Chicago and then moved to Colorado in 1997. Julie specializes in civil litigation, including product liability, auto/truck liability, premises liability, real estate disputes and general commercial litigation. She has significant first chair trial experience and has tried over thirty jury trials to verdict in state and federal courts in Colorado, Nebraska and Illinois.
In her free time, she likes to ski, golf and travel.
Rachel E. Ryckman assists companies and individuals in the defense of professional liability and personal injury cases. She has a diverse practice with considerable experience in real estate litigation, public utility regulations, and premises liability.
Rachel is a Wyoming native. Prior to entering private practice, Rachel clerked for the Honorable Marvin L. Tyler in the Ninth Judicial District Court of Wyoming and she served as a magistrate judge in the Circuit Court of Wyoming. Ms. Ryckman previously interned at the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office and inMotion, Inc. in the Bronx, New York, a non-profit that provides legal services to low-income women in family and immigration matters.
Cati Shadakofsky assists her clients in understanding the legal and/or administrative processes, evaluating risk, and preparing strong defenses to claims asserted against them. She focuses her practice in the areas of insurance coverage, appellate advocacy, insurance bad faith and breach-of-contract, and defense of professional liability and personal injury matters.
Before joining White and Steele, Cati earned her J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School, where she served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Minnesota Journal of International Law, Volume 26. She also clerked for the Honorable Matthew E. Johnson, John R. Rodenberg, Diane B. Bratvold, and Michael L. Kirk at the Minnesota Court of Appeals.
Cati earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish Literature from the University of Wyoming. She studied abroad in Malaga, Spain, and she interned for Wyoming Senator Michael B. Enzi in Washington, D.C. Outside the office, Cati enjoys hosting dinner parties, traveling to cheer on the Rockies in other ballparks across the country, and taking her husband and golden retriever on hikes in the foothills.
Attorney Jack Stokan defends clients in a wide variety of industries, providing valuable assistance through all facets of litigation. His practice primarily consists of construction defect litigation, commercial litigation, personal injury, and representing real estate professionals.
Jack attended the University of Colorado at Boulder where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies in 2013. He remained in Colorado to attend the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, and graduated in 2017. During law school, Jack earned the Hartje Objective Writing Award for his exceptional legal writing and research. He also participated as a Senior Staff Editor with the Denver Law Review, and worked as a Student Attorney with the Denver Law Environmental Clinic.
Prior to joining White and Steele, Jack clerked for the Honorable Susan Blanco, the Chief Judge in Larimer County District Court, and worked as an associate for a well-known Denver law firm focusing on complex commercial litigation.