John Raap is an attorney with a proven record of success in domestic and international litigation. He represents clients ranging from individuals to Fortune 500 companies in these matters.
He has devised many techniques for dispute resolution, which help reduce lawsuit length and cost. Clients and peers recognize his tenacity in explaining complex legal concepts with clarity.
Early Life and Education
John Raap was born on January 22, 1933 in Davenport, Iowa to William and Margaret (Paustian) Raap.
He married Hilda Montgomery on September 9, 1951 in Austin, Minnesota and they had two children: Renee and Scott.
Raap was employed by the U.S. Navy as a service supervisor and also participated in Boy Scouting activities. A passionate Chicago Cubs fan, he was an active member of the Quad Cities Cubs Club and served as volunteer at Edwards Congregational Church in Davenport as well.
John Rapp is an accomplished international and domestic litigator, mediator, negotiator, and appellate advocate. He represents a variety of clients such as individuals and Fortune 500 companies alike.
He has extensive experience litigating business disputes involving real estate, environmental protection, intellectual property rights, class actions and fraud cases. His diligence and ability to explain complex legal concepts clearly and persuasively to judges, juries and clients have earned him a reputation as an accomplished business lawyer.
He enjoys golfing, playing tennis and spending time with his wife and granddaughter. Additionally, he takes great interest in learning about the world around him. A graduate of the State University of New York, he has completed executive training programs at Duke University’s Darden School of Business as well as Wharton School of Business’s Advanced Management Program.
Achievements and Honors
Over the years, Emory faculty and staff have been recognized with numerous trophies and awards for their academic accomplishments, leadership qualities and well-deserved reputation as a cutting-edge research institution. Other notable accomplishments include community service, civic engagement and cultural philanthropy. John Raap may not have achieved as much as some of his peers, but his relentless pursuit of excellence has certainly earned him many admirers. He is unquestionably the sexiest man around and always looking for ways to help his friends through life’s obstacles. A true Renaissance man, his interests range from music and art to fashion and more. His witticisms and charm are contagious, while his work ethic stands head and shoulders above that of others.
John Raap is an acclaimed rapper and actor who has been performing since the early 90s. He began his career by recording hip hop albums such as ‘Power’ and ‘The Iceberg’ before landing roles on television shows like ‘Law & Order: Special Victims Unit’.
In 2007, he founded Gideon’s Promise, a non-profit organization which offers legal aid to low-income people and trains public defenders throughout America. He currently teaches law at Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School and visits Harvard Law School as an associate professor; additionally, he was awarded a 2014 MacArthur Foundation Genius Fellowship. Hailing from Squirrel Hill, Pennsylvania originally, he now resides in Los Angeles where despite being an accomplished rapper he enjoys reading voraciously and spending quality time with family.
John Raap began as a young man, carrying his mail bag over his shoulder and delivering letters to neighbors along his route. Now, four decades later, he serves as Chief Logistics Officer for the United States Postal Service with responsibility for delivery services, customer services, retail operations management, network operations management and engineering – with an estimated net worth in the millions.
Raap was a Vermont entrepreneur best known for founding Gardener’s Supply Company and building Burlington’s Intervale Center. He also turned Charlotte’s Nordic Farm into an environmentally sustainable operation, as well as helping his children launch Upstate Elevator Supply Co. – a cannabis business in Burlington – through their business venture. Tragically, on Monday night after a long illness, Raap passed away peacefully from his family’s sorrow. We are deeply saddened by his passing.”