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John P. Hooper

John P. Hooper



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

Professional Admissions / Qualifications

  • New York

Court Admissions

  • 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

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.

John’s experience ranges from trials and arbitrations to mediations and settlements, and covers all grounds in between. His clients include some of the largest manufacturers of automobiles, medical devices, pharmaceuticals, building materials, tires, sporting goods and apparel as well as retailers, railroads, hedge funds, life insurance companies, private equity firms, banks and other financial services institutions. In commenting on his background, The Legal 500 United States has noted that, "John Hooper in New York is 'strongly recommended to anyone seeking a practical approach to managing complex litigation matters, particularly those with national scope.”

John has just been recognized by the National Law Journal as one of its “50 Litigation Trailblazers” for his practice of advising multi-national clients on creating and implementing end game strategies in "Viral Litigations". He has been the lead negotiator in a substantial number of settlements of class actions and mass actions, and The American Lawyer has recognized his skills in the management and resolution of "bet the company" litigation. John was involved in two high profile settlements in the automobile and consumer product industries, and played a key role in negotiating and structuring the ultimate agreements that resulted in the resolution of several hundred class action lawsuits. He has also been appointed by the federal and state courts as a Special Master, Special Settlement Master and Special Arbitration Master as well as the Lead Defense Settlement Liaison Counsel in MDL proceedings as well as other Federal and State Court mass actions. His overall service to his clients has been recognized by his nomination to the prestigious BTI "Client Service All-Star Team" for multiple years. John is a frequent speaker in the United States and Canada on topics related to class and mass actions. He is a former Manhattan Assistant District Attorney and worked as an in-house attorney at Bristol-Myers Squibb Company.

Employment History

  • 2008 - Reed Smith
  • 2001 - Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge LLP (Litigation Department Chair)
  • 1998 - Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP
  • 1990 - Bristol-Myers Squibb Company
    • Assistant Counsel
  • 1986 New York County District Attorney’s Office
    • Assistant District Attorney

Honors & Awards

  • 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

Professional Affiliations

  • 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