John has been featured in numerous news broadcasts and articles as an ardent advocate for many who suffered the hurt and humiliation of racial discrimination and the angst of police brutality.
John was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York and graduated from Xaverian High School in 1980. John then went to the State University of New York at Binghamton where he graduated in 1985 with a B.A. in Psychology, a B.A. in Political Science and a Minor in Law and Society. In December of 2014, John was inducted in to Binghamton University’s Athletic Hall Of Fame for wrestling. John earned his Juris Doctorate from Brooklyn Law School in 1988.
Following law school, John was appointed by Mayor Ed Koch to the position of Assistant Corporation Counsel of the City of New York. As an attorney representing the City of New York, John successfully tried and handled hundreds of cases concerning every aspect of municipal liability including pediatric brain damage due to exposure to lead poisoning, police assaults and false arrests, civil rights violations, highway design defects, roadway and street design defects, playground cases, sexual assaults in schools and city owned buildings, negligent supervision in City owned hospitals and places of public accommodations, assaults in hospitals and other City owned buildings, playground design defects, building design defects, inadequate supervision in schools and playgrounds, inadequate security in City owned schools and buildings, negligent firefighting including burst hose cases, sports and recreation, premise liability, labor law violations, failure of EMS to timely respond to an accident and vehicular accidents involving City owned vehicles.
Following his tenure with the City of New York, John took his trial skills and warm personality to the Law Office of Bader and Yakaitis, LLP. where shortly thereafter it became Bader, Yakaitis and Nonnenmacher, LLP. During John’s twenty-five plus years with the firm, he has obtained numerous high six and seven-figure settlements and verdicts in all aspects of tort litigation including pediatric brain damage due to lead poisoning, police brutality, false arrests, civil rights violations, construction site accidents, playground accidents, sexual assaults in schools, sexual assaults in City owned and privately owned buildings, negligently designed highways, roads, buildings and playgrounds, wrongful death, traumatic brain injuries, slip and falls, trip and falls and vehicular accidents.
On April 12, 2017 John joined Oresky and Associates and became a part of the Labor law team. As an associate with the Labor Law team, John handles all aspects of a construction site accident case from intake through conclusion. This includes handling depositions, court appearances, trials and appeals.
As a result of this successful track record, John has been selected by his peers and colleagues as one of New York’s Super Lawyers for the past seven years. Every year, just 5 percent of all attorneys in each state receive the honor of being selected by the Super Lawyers research team. Super Lawyers is an attorney rating system that rates lawyers in 70 different practice areas. The research team identifies those lawyers who have garnered both substantial recognition from their peers and achievement in their practice area. The Supers Lawyers selection process is multi-phased, involving a survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation, and a final selection by a Super Lawyers panel. The annual list of Super Lawyers is published nationally in Super Lawyers Magazines and other publications throughout the United States.
John spends 95 percent of his time in court and has selected more than 500 juries. John is either on trial or preparing to be on one. John has tried cases in Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens, Manhattan, and Central Islip.
John is a member of many legal organizations and sat on the Board of Directors for the New York State Trial Lawyers Association from 2012 to 2016. As a member of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association John has given lectures to other lawyers on the following topics: Municipal Liability, Sports and Recreation, The Liability of The Board of Education and Negligent Supervision.
John handles all aspects of tort litigation and is highly regarded by his peers and colleagues in the following fields: pediatric brain damage due to lead ingestion, construction site accidents, negligent security resulting in wrongful death and assaults, negligent supervision in schools and playgrounds, police brutality and false arrests, all aspects of municipal liability, sports and recreational accidents, all aspects of premises liability and code enforcement and defectively designed highways, roadways, buildings, parks and playgrounds.
John is very involved in his community. His past roles include a seat on the Board of Education, President and Head Coach of Chatham Wrestling and former Cub Master for Pack 24 Scouts. For Thanksgiving 2019 he went out into the community and went to visit several Bronx construction sites to say thank you to our hard-working construction workers.