John McDonough is a distinguished attorney renowned for his exceptional expertise in handling high-value complex litigation. With a career spanning over four decades, he has earned a stellar reputation as an ALM New York Top-Rated Lawyer, a Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent attorney, and a Senior Fellow in the prestigious Litigation Counsel of America. John's notable journey in the legal realm has been characterized by remarkable victories and an unwavering commitment to excellence.

As a nationally recognized trial attorney, John represents major corporations and high-net-worth individuals in their most significant disputes. Over the course of his career, he has taken more than 230 cases to trial around the country and litigated before diverse courts and administrative bodies nationwide. His track record speaks volumes, making him the go-to attorney for the country's most sophisticated clients when excellence is an absolute necessity.

John's role as a trusted legal strategist has afforded him a deep understanding of various legal practices, including Product Liability, Directors & Officers Liability, Construction, Life Sciences, Medical Devices, Technology and Cyber, Complex Insurance and Reinsurance disputes, Sports and Equestrian Law, Entertainment Law, Personal Injury, and Defamation.

Zurich US National Accounts Chief Paul Lavelle said: “I’ve known John for more than 30 years. He is recognized as the ‘go-to defense lawyer’ who is results-driven, tenacious, and forthright. There is no case too big for him and no region in the country where he doesn’t play well. He is the kind of lawyer that plaintiffs’ lawyers hate to go up against.”

While John's most significant accolades are his verdicts, his peers have also recognized his leadership in the field. He has been honored as an ALM New York Top-Rated Lawyer, a Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent attorney, and a fellow in the esteemed Litigation Counsel of America. Furthermore, he served as the former President of the Defense Association of New York, where he edited its quarterly journal for over two decades and received the prestigious James S. Conway Award for Outstanding Service to the Defense Profession in 2013. John is also a distinguished member of the Product Liability Advisory Council, an invitation-only organization comprising leading manufacturers and top product liability defense counsel.

A prolific author and lecturer, John shares his expertise with diverse audiences, including the Defense Research Institute, the New York State Bar Association Torts, Insurance and Compensation Law Section, and the American Conference Institute. His insights are frequently published in both law journals and the lay press, and he is a frequently cited source in reputable publications such as Businessweek, The New York Times, and The New York Law Journal.

John is an alumnus of St. John's Preparatory School in Danvers, Massachusetts, and currently serves on the Trustee Advisory Board and the Advancement Committee. He holds a B.A. from Boston College and a J.D. from the New England School of Law.

Notable Achievements:

  • Secured a favorable verdict after a challenging eight-week jury trial in a catastrophic injury case, with a jury awarding a fraction of the $43 million sought.
  • Successfully obtained the dismissal of all claims in a case of first impression in New York, demonstrating that statements made during Amazon's complaint process were subject to New York's absolute litigation privilege.
  • Won summary judgment in a rare case in Supreme Court, Kings County (Brooklyn), based on arguments related to duty and foreseeability.
  • Negotiated a favorable plea bargain for a high-profile Philadelphia athlete facing criminal charges that could have derailed his career.
  • Triumphed in a multi-million-dollar construction defect matter in San Francisco, skillfully cross-examining an expert witness to demonstrate exaggerated cost estimates.
  • Achieved a highly favorable settlement for a non-structural steel stud manufacturer facing a $100+ million product disparagement claim.
  • Successfully defended a large construction company in a $30 million wrongful death suit by leveraging a favorable liability allocation and negotiating a settlement for a fraction of the demand.
  • Obtained a defense verdict for a hospitality industry client in a personal injury case involving a prominent burn expert, identifying critical flaws in the plaintiff's case during cross-examination.
  • Secured a highly favorable settlement for a large construction firm in a case involving construction defects at a plaza adjacent to Boston's convention center.

Awards & Honors:

  • Senior Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
  • DANY James S. Conway Award for Outstanding Service to the Defense Profession
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Attorney, 2013-2023
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Attorney – Judicial Edition, 2017-2023
  • Irish Legal 100, 2015-2023
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2018-2023
  • The American Lawyer & Corporate Counsel: 2020 Top Rated Litigator
  • America’s Most Honored Lawyers, 2016-2023
  • Martindale-Hubbell Top-Rated Lawyers in Litigation
  • ALM New York Top-Rated Lawyer
  • CLM, Certified Litigation Management Professional