JOHN C. PIRRA
Senior Associate
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JOHN C. PIRRA Senior Associate

John Pirra is a senior associate in the firm’s Chicago office. His practice focuses on various labor and employment matters, commercial litigation, toxic tort defense, patent defense, and general liability.

John represents national and international corporate clients in employment related matters during pre-suit investigations and in federal court. He gives counsel to companies with respect to employment discrimination claims (race, gender, disability, and retaliation), alleged Fair Labor Standard Act violations, and Illinois Minimum Wage Law violations.

His experience also includes the successful representation of private equity and national corporate clients during pre-suit negotiations, as well as the prosecution and defense of breach of contract claims. John has successfully litigated supplementary/post-judgment actions, fraudulent transfers, and various related commercial claims.

John has also represented numerous clients in the defense of general tort, toxic tort, and product liability claims in federal and state courts.

John is a regular contributor to Labor Days, Kelley Drye’s labor and employment law blog.

Employment Law

Obtained dismissal of alleged race discrimination claim against international construction company. Plaintiff’s claim involved allegations under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. § 1981, and violations of section 3 of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968 (12 U.S.C. 1701u).

Obtained summary judgment on behalf of international construction company in a gender discrimination claim.  Plaintiff alleged that she was discriminated against and terminated because of her gender during an economic downturn. The court found, among other things, that Plaintiff declined a job offer because she was not satisfied with the final terms of the offer, and the alleged statements made by Defendant were insufficient to create a triable dispute over whether Plaintiff’s termination was motivated by discriminatory animus.

Counsels national financial firm regarding employee termination procedures and obligations under federal law, as well as its own employment termination policies.

Advises managed care facilities and other businesses regarding Fair Labor Standard Act and Illinois Minimum Wage Act, as well as risk analysis and exposure to various litigation.

Commercial Litigation

Obtain dismissal on behalf of a private equity client for alleged claims of breach of contract, fraudulent misrepresentation, violation of the Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act, and Violation of the Attorneys’ Fees In Wage Action Act.

Represents commercial printing company in breach of contract claims, obtaining judgments against various business entities and individuals. Commence supplementary and post-judgment proceedings to enforce the judgments obtained and secure funds to pay judgments.

Part of defense team that represented a telecommunications company sued for patent infringement violations of call routing and transit traffic, and assisted in the prosecution of counterclaims based on the alleged inequitable conduct of the patent holder. Judge John W. Darrah of the Northern District of Illinois recently granted our client’s motion for summary judgment, finding that the opposing patent is invalid as anticipated by prior art and therefore, no infringement of the patent could be established.

Represents multi-national banking institution with respect to interpleading funds, third party citations, as well as the defense of various banking claims, including fraud, misappropriation of assets, etc.

Spearheaded creditor’s rights litigation in Cook County, Illinois for national financial services company and was responsible for corporate transactional matters including leases, non-disclosure agreements and corporate contracts. Mr. Pirra advised clients, employees and senior management on corporate and industry regulations to ensure business operations complied with federal and state regulatory requirements.

Civil Defense Litigation

Represented a Fortune 500 company as a member of its national litigation coordinating legal counsel; work included the coordination and direction of local litigation counsel. Additionally, Mr. Pirra has successfully defended product liability, warranty and general liability lawsuits against the Fortune 500 company and its various divisions.

Obtained a favorable result in the representation of an international corporation in the defense of a toxic tort lawsuit brought by the wife and the estate of a deceased former employee alleging asbestos exposure which caused mesothelioma to develop and led to the eventual death of the former employee. In a related case, Mr. Pirra assisted in the successful  prosecution of claims for declaratory judgment (duty to pay claim expenses and duty to indemnify), breach of contract, and statutory relief on behalf of the international corporation against its former insurer to enforce the terms and condition under a policy of insurance.  

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Pirra’s legal practice concentrated in the defense of medical malpractice claims against physicians and medical groups in Illinois involving high risk obstetrics, anesthesia, gastrointestinal surgery, nursing home care, neurology, vascular thoracic surgery, misdiagnosis of cancer/oncology, and spinal cord surgery. Mr. Pirra has extensive experience defending toxic tort claims for multinational corporations, including oil companies and boiler manufacturers.  He has also pursued declaratory judgments on behalf of insurers concerning insurance coverage issues involving interstate commercial transportation, wrongful death and property damage.

Assisted in the defense of product liability claim against a medical device manufacturer arising out of the sale and subsequent implantation of a cardiovascular device. A dismissal with prejudice was obtained after a hearing on a Motion for Summary Judgment.

Defended numerous premises liability claims for local and national retailers, as well as the defense of catastrophic claims involving trucking/transportation, construction, product liability and issues involving the tendering defenses.

Lead attorney on more than a dozen jury trials, approximately 150 Illinois mandatory arbitrations, five AAA binding arbitrations, and negotiated over 180 settlements ranging from small claims property damage to complex bodily injury cases.

Chicago Bar Association

Illinois Bar Association

American Bar Association

About

John Pirra is a senior associate in the firm’s Chicago office. His practice focuses on various labor and employment matters, commercial litigation, toxic tort defense, patent defense, and general liability.

John represents national and international corporate clients in employment related matters during pre-suit investigations and in federal court. He gives counsel to companies with respect to employment discrimination claims (race, gender, disability, and retaliation), alleged Fair Labor Standard Act violations, and Illinois Minimum Wage Law violations.

His experience also includes the successful representation of private equity and national corporate clients during pre-suit negotiations, as well as the prosecution and defense of breach of contract claims. John has successfully litigated supplementary/post-judgment actions, fraudulent transfers, and various related commercial claims.

John has also represented numerous clients in the defense of general tort, toxic tort, and product liability claims in federal and state courts.

John is a regular contributor to Labor Days, Kelley Drye’s labor and employment law blog.

Experience

Employment Law

Obtained dismissal of alleged race discrimination claim against international construction company. Plaintiff’s claim involved allegations under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. § 1981, and violations of section 3 of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968 (12 U.S.C. 1701u).

Obtained summary judgment on behalf of international construction company in a gender discrimination claim.  Plaintiff alleged that she was discriminated against and terminated because of her gender during an economic downturn. The court found, among other things, that Plaintiff declined a job offer because she was not satisfied with the final terms of the offer, and the alleged statements made by Defendant were insufficient to create a triable dispute over whether Plaintiff’s termination was motivated by discriminatory animus.

Counsels national financial firm regarding employee termination procedures and obligations under federal law, as well as its own employment termination policies.

Advises managed care facilities and other businesses regarding Fair Labor Standard Act and Illinois Minimum Wage Act, as well as risk analysis and exposure to various litigation.

Commercial Litigation

Obtain dismissal on behalf of a private equity client for alleged claims of breach of contract, fraudulent misrepresentation, violation of the Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act, and Violation of the Attorneys’ Fees In Wage Action Act.

Represents commercial printing company in breach of contract claims, obtaining judgments against various business entities and individuals. Commence supplementary and post-judgment proceedings to enforce the judgments obtained and secure funds to pay judgments.

Part of defense team that represented a telecommunications company sued for patent infringement violations of call routing and transit traffic, and assisted in the prosecution of counterclaims based on the alleged inequitable conduct of the patent holder. Judge John W. Darrah of the Northern District of Illinois recently granted our client’s motion for summary judgment, finding that the opposing patent is invalid as anticipated by prior art and therefore, no infringement of the patent could be established.

Represents multi-national banking institution with respect to interpleading funds, third party citations, as well as the defense of various banking claims, including fraud, misappropriation of assets, etc.

Spearheaded creditor’s rights litigation in Cook County, Illinois for national financial services company and was responsible for corporate transactional matters including leases, non-disclosure agreements and corporate contracts. Mr. Pirra advised clients, employees and senior management on corporate and industry regulations to ensure business operations complied with federal and state regulatory requirements.

Civil Defense Litigation

Represented a Fortune 500 company as a member of its national litigation coordinating legal counsel; work included the coordination and direction of local litigation counsel. Additionally, Mr. Pirra has successfully defended product liability, warranty and general liability lawsuits against the Fortune 500 company and its various divisions.

Obtained a favorable result in the representation of an international corporation in the defense of a toxic tort lawsuit brought by the wife and the estate of a deceased former employee alleging asbestos exposure which caused mesothelioma to develop and led to the eventual death of the former employee. In a related case, Mr. Pirra assisted in the successful  prosecution of claims for declaratory judgment (duty to pay claim expenses and duty to indemnify), breach of contract, and statutory relief on behalf of the international corporation against its former insurer to enforce the terms and condition under a policy of insurance.  

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Pirra’s legal practice concentrated in the defense of medical malpractice claims against physicians and medical groups in Illinois involving high risk obstetrics, anesthesia, gastrointestinal surgery, nursing home care, neurology, vascular thoracic surgery, misdiagnosis of cancer/oncology, and spinal cord surgery. Mr. Pirra has extensive experience defending toxic tort claims for multinational corporations, including oil companies and boiler manufacturers.  He has also pursued declaratory judgments on behalf of insurers concerning insurance coverage issues involving interstate commercial transportation, wrongful death and property damage.

Assisted in the defense of product liability claim against a medical device manufacturer arising out of the sale and subsequent implantation of a cardiovascular device. A dismissal with prejudice was obtained after a hearing on a Motion for Summary Judgment.

Defended numerous premises liability claims for local and national retailers, as well as the defense of catastrophic claims involving trucking/transportation, construction, product liability and issues involving the tendering defenses.

Lead attorney on more than a dozen jury trials, approximately 150 Illinois mandatory arbitrations, five AAA binding arbitrations, and negotiated over 180 settlements ranging from small claims property damage to complex bodily injury cases.

Memberships

Chicago Bar Association

Illinois Bar Association

American Bar Association