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Lankler Siffert & Wohl LLP
NEW YORK, NY 10110
United States

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John is a founding partner of LSW, where he has built a widely respected practice that encompasses every aspect of litigation.  A fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, he has also served on the organization’s Board of Regents and as a trustee of its foundation. Over the course of four decades, John successfully has tried many civil and criminal trials to verdict and prevailed as claimant and respondent in commercial arbitrations. He also has argued before the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, the New York Court of Appeals, and the First and Second Departments of the New York State Supreme Court Appellate Division.

John’s areas of practice range from commercial, contract, and other civil disputes to regulatory and criminal matters. He is adept at handling a wide range of allegations, including securities fraud, antitrust violations, professional misconduct, art law, intellectual property, cybercrimes, and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations. He has represented corporations, corporate boards, individual directors, and senior officers, as well as major law firms and individual lawyers both in court and before the Attorney Grievance Committee of the First Department. John also has been called upon to advise audit committees and special committees conducting internal investigations.

John has been on the faculty at New York University School of Law for over 40 years and holds the title of adjunct professor. He also has taught at Harvard Law School, Hofstra Law School, Cardozo Law School, Columbia Business School, and the National Institute for Trial Advocacy Training (NITA).  John is a co-author—along with the late Hon. Leonard Sand and the Hon. Jed Rakoff—of Modern Federal Jury Instructions (civil and criminal), published by Matthew Bender, as well as numerous articles and book chapters on a variety of topics.


Partner, Lankler Siffert & Wohl LLP, 1983- current

Partner, Barovick Konecky Braun Schwarz Kay & Schiff, 1979-1982

Assistant U.S. Attorney, U.S. Attorney’s Office, SDNY, 1974-1979

Law Clerk, Hon. Murray I. Gurfein, U.S. District Court, SDNY, 1972-1974


American College of Trial Lawyers (Fellow)
Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on Criminal Rules (2012-2018)
Practising Law Institute (Trustee)
New York Lawyers for the Public Interest (Member, Emeritus Board)
Federal Bar Council Inn of Court (Co-founder)
Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb)
London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA)
Litigation Counsel of America (trial lawyer honorary society)
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
New York Council of Defense Lawyers (Former Board Member)
American Bar Foundation (Fellow)
American Bar Association
New York City Bar Association
New York State Bar Association
Historical Society of the Courts of New York (Board Member)


Columbia Law School, J.D.
Amherst College, B.A.