John F. Wingerter

Bar/Court Admissions
  • Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
  • J.D., cum laude, The Law School, University of Notre Dame Law School, 2005
  • B.A., magna cum laude, Political Science/German/Russian, University of Notre Dame, 2001

As a member of the Corporate & Tax Group, John regularly assists clients with private equity and mezzanine financing transactions, mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, venture capital, business formation, and capitalization, as well as advising on and negotiating other business and commercial transactions.

He has significant experience in leveraged buyout and strategic acquisitions and represents private equity investors and mezzanine lenders in all aspects of investments in sponsored and unsponsored acquisitions, divestitures, and recapitalization transactions. In addition, he has represented a wide range of domestic and foreign clients-from start-up and early-stage companies to well-established enterprises-in various industries, including manufacturing, chemicals, medical devices, consumer products and various service-based industries.


John joined Cohen & Grigsby shortly after graduating from law school in 2005. He was a summer associate at the firm in 2004.

Previously served as a research assistant for Professor Julian Velasco at the University of Notre Dame Law School from 2003 to 2005.

Completed an internship with the German Parliament as a participant in Internationale Parliaments Praktikum in 2001-2002.

Former English teacher at Jagiellonian University in Poland in 1998 and at Tallinn Commercial College in Estonia in 2000. He is fluent in German.


John is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association and the Allegheny County Bar Association.

Honors and Achievements

In 2015, John successfully led a team of his peers on a major international acquisition deal, which resulted in Cohen & Grigsby being honored with the Strategic/Corporate Acquisition of the Year Award from The M&A Advisor. Most recently, John was selected as a winner of the 2019 Emerging Leaders Award by The M&A Advisor, which recognizes M&A industry leaders for exemplary service in business and the community.