John's practice focuses on the prosecution of securities fraud class actions. He represents the firm’s institutional investor clients in jurisdictions throughout the country and has been a member of the trial teams of some of the most high-profile securities fraud class actions in history.
John was Lead Counsel in the In re Citigroup, Inc. Bond Action Litigation, which resulted in a $730 million cash recovery – the second largest recovery ever achieved for a class of purchasers of debt securities. It is also the second largest civil settlement arising out of the subprime meltdown and financial crisis. John was also a member of the team representing the New York State Common Retirement Fund in In re WorldCom, Inc. Securities Litigation, which culminated in a five-week trial against Arthur Andersen LLP and a recovery for investors of over $6.19 billion – one of the largest securities fraud recoveries in history.
Other notable litigations in which John served as Lead Counsel on behalf of shareholders include In re Refco Securities Litigation, which resulted in a $407 million settlement, In re the Reserve Fund Securities and Derivative Litigation, which settled for more than $54 million, In re King Pharmaceuticals Litigation, which settled for $38.25 million, In re RAIT Financial Trust Securities Litigation, which settled for $32 million, and In re SFBC Securities Litigation, which settled for $28.5 million.
Most recently, John served as lead counsel in the In re BNY Mellon Foreign Exchange Securities Litigation, which settled for $180 million; In re State Street Corporation Securities Litigation, which settled for $60 million; and the Anadarko Petroleum Corporation Securities Litigation, which settled for $12.5 million. John also represents the firm’s institutional investor clients in the appellate courts, and has argued appeals in the Second Circuit, Third Circuit and, most recently, the Fifth Circuit, where he successfully argued the appeal in the In re Amedisys Securities Litigation.
In recognition of his achievements and legal excellence, Law360 has twice named John a “Class Action MVP" (one of only four litigators selected nationally), and he was selected by legal publication Lawdragon to its exclusive list as one of the "500 Leading Lawyers in America." He is ranked a New York "Super Lawyer" by Thomson Reuters, and is recommended by Legal 500 for his work in securities litigation.
Prior to joining BLB&G, John was an attorney at Latham & Watkins, where he had a wide range of experience in commercial litigation, including defending corporate officers and directors in securities class actions and derivative suits, and representing major corporate clients in state and federal court litigations and arbitrations.
John has been a panelist at various continuing legal education programs offered by the American Law Institute ("ALI") and has authored and co-authored numerous articles relating to securities litigation.