John Markham practiced commercial law as an associate at the Wall Street law firm of Shearman & Sterling in New York and as a partner at Lillick, McHose & Charles (now Nixon Peabody) in San Francisco. He later served as a federal prosecutor for six years in San Diego, San Francisco, and Boston, where he was appointed Chief of the Major Frauds Section. John has taught law at the Harvard Law School as an adjunct faculty member, at the University of Santa Clara Law School as a tenure track professor, and as an instructor at the Attorney General's Advocacy Institute at the Department of Justice. His writings include contributions to books and journals such as:
-CaliforniaCriminal Trial Practice, Matthew Bender. A three-volume treatise on the California Evidence Code.
-Making the Most of the Multiparty Defense, Litigation, The Journal of the ABA Section of Litigation, Vol. 18, 1992.
-Attacking and Supporting Witness Credibility, California Litigation, The Journal of the Litigation Section (California), Vol 4, No. 3, Spring 1991.
John is a member of the bar in the states of Massachusetts, Maine, New York, and California, as well as a member of the United States District Courts in those states. He is also admitted to the federal bar of the District of Connecticut, the United States Courts of Appeal for the First, Second, Third and Ninth Circuit Courts of Appeal, and the United States Supreme Court.
John Markham received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Roanoke College in Salem, Virginia in 1969. He majored in French literature and made the Dean's List for his academic achievements. As an undergraduate, he defended other students charged with honor and conduct violations, was captain of the varsity tennis team, and played varsity soccer. He went on to obtain his law degree from Washington & Lee School of Law in 1972. He won the school moot court competition, competed as a regional finalist in the National Moot Court Competition, and edited and contributed to the Washington & Lee Law Review. He was a member of the Honor Counsel and was inducted into the prestigious Order of the Coif, a national honor society for law school graduates.