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John has a broad range of experience in defending multi-national companies in complex litigations, including a variety of commercial, product liability, financial services, false and misleading advertising and other consumer class actions where he has served as national, regional and/or local counsel. John currently serves as the co-chair of the Firm’s multi-disciplinary Complex Litigation Group (“CLG”), which provides comprehensive solutions for clients facing a multitude of litigation, from general litigation to major exposure and “bet the company” litigation. The CLG advises leading multi-national corporations on developing and executing litigation and strategic resolution options in some of the largest, most complex class actions, commercial litigations and mass torts in federal and state courts. John and the CLG provide all-inclusive strategic litigation management and counseling services to mitigate the reputational and financial risks clients face in high exposure and sometimes viral litigations.

Awards & Recognition

  • Recognized in The National Law Journal's 2015 list of Litigation Trailblazers
  • Recognized in Chambers USA as one of America's leading product liability & mass torts lawyers (2014)
  • Recognized by The Association of Corporate Counsel as “2014 ACC Value Champion” in association with Reed Smith’s representation of Mine Safety Appliances Company (MSA) in its asbestos, CWP and silica litigation. This award honored the collaboration between Reed Smith and MSA to reduce fees and expenses and for implementing a cooperative, data-driven decision making process that helped in these reductions.
  • Nominated to the BTI “Client Service All-Star Team” for multiple years for delivery of exceptional client service
  • Accepted Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles' 2014 Pro Bono Service Award on behalf of Reed Smith


  • Boston University School of Law, 1986, J.D.
  • Colgate University, 1983, B.A.

  • New York

  • U.S. District Court - Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court - Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - First Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Second Circuit

  • American Bar Association - Litigation & Insurance Sections
  • Association of the Bar of the City of New York
  • Academy of Court Appointed Special Masters
  • Defense Research Institute
  • International Association of Defense Counsel
  • National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel
  • Product Liability Advisory Council