John regularly litigates at the trial and appellate levels in state and federal courts in New Jersey, New York, and around the nation. He has represented numerous Fortune 500 clients in personal injury, insurance sales practices litigation and property damage litigation involving pharmaceutical (prescription and over-the-counter) products, toxic dumpsite exposure, silica and asbestos personal injury litigation, as well as cases involving claimed exposures to lead paint, benzene and zinc. He has served as regional and New Jersey counsel for various corporations defending individual and mass tort claims.
John’s extensive appellate experience includes arguing Dafler v. Raymark Industries, a precedent setting case in New Jersey which established a defendant’s right to apportionment of liability between concurrent causes of disease in a toxic exposure case. He has served in coordinating groups managing litigations at the national, regional or local levels involving various pharmaceutical products including antidepressants, silicone gel breast implants, diabetes medications, anti-anxiety medications, hormone replacement therapy, and polio vaccine. In addition to extensive case management responsibilities, John has overseen the full range of pretrial and trial activities, including the development of scientific and medical defenses, the selection and work-up of medical and scientific experts, and the conduct of Daubert hearings.
John regularly litigates disputes involving general and specific scientific causation, as well as causation in fact, and deals with the full range of issues that arise in the defense of medical claims in product liability actions. He also has extensive experience with the coordination of e-discovery and document management.
John is a longstanding member of several of McCarter’s standing committees, including our Professional Personnel Committee responsible for the management of associates and paralegals and our Compensation Committee. He also serves as a member of the District Ethics Committee for Essex County.
John serves on numerous charitable boards and foundations and is currently President of the Trustees of the Episcopal Diocese of Newark responsible for the management and oversight of the Capital and Endowment Assets of the Diocese. He is one of the Chancellors of the Diocese. He has served as a member of the Board of Trustees of Chatham Day School and as a Trustee of St. Philip’s Academy in Newark. John has lectured on issues involving the management and legal liabilities of not-for-profit institutions.