John M. Socolow

Partner  / New York  / Stamford

John is a Partner in our New York City and Stamford, Connecticut offices. His practice focuses primarily on litigation in a number of areas, including aviation and aerospace law, where he is responsible for all aspects of product liability defense of a major foreign helicopter manufacturer and its subsidiaries in state and federal courts across the country.  He also provides counsel to clients on matters involving products liability, insurance coverage, premises liability, dram shop liability and commercial disputes.  Earlier in his career, John was one of the national coordinating counsel for a Japanese automobile and truck manufacturer and its subsidiaries in the United States and the Caribbean, as well as one of the national coordinating counsel for product liability matters involving a well-known international consumer products manufacturer and its United States-based subsidiary.

John earned his B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and his J.D. from Fordham University School of Law. In addition to being admitted to the New York state and federal district courts, John is also admitted to the State of Connecticut, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the United States District Courts for the District of Connecticut and the Eastern District of Wisconsin, the United States Courts of Appeal for the Second, Third, Seventh and Ninth Circuits, and the United States Supreme Court, where in 2016 he successfully opposed a petition for a writ of certiorari. He has appeared pro hac vice in state and federal courts throughout the United States.

John is a member of the American Bar Association, the Defense Research Institute, the New York State Bar Association, and the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. On several occasions he has participated as a speaker or moderator at the annual ABA Aviation and Space Law CLE program in Washington, D.C., including the 2009 program for which he co-authored an article, about Unmanned Aircraft and Space Debris, which was later reprinted in the Summer 2010 edition of the Lawyer-Pilots Bar Association Journal.  John is fluent in Spanish.

  • J.D., Fordham University School of Law, New York, 1986
  • B.A., University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, 1983
  • Massachusetts – 1986
  • New York – 1987
  • Connecticut – 2020
  • U.S. District Court – Southern and Eastern Districts of New York – 1987
  • U.S. District Court – Western District of New York – 1998
  • U.S. District Court – District of Connecticut – 2009
  • U.S. District Court – Northern District of New York – 2015
  • U.S. District Court – Eastern District of Wisconsin – 2021
  • U.S. Court of Appeals – 2nd Circuit – 2009
  • U.S. Court of Appeals – 3rd Circuit – 2014
  • U.S. Court of Appeals – 7th Circuit – 2018
  • U.S. Court of Appeals – 9th Circuit – 2018
  • U.S. Supreme Court – 2016

Angelo Cremona S.p.A. v. R.S. Bacon Veneer Co., 433 F.3d 617 (8th Cir. 2006)

SP Holding Ltda v. Agusta S.p.A., 2011 Phila. Ct. Com. Pl. LEXIS 348 (2011)

SP Holding Ltda v. Agusta S.p.A., 2011 Phila. Ct. Com. Pl. LEXIS 350 (2011)

Turturro v. United States of America, et al., 43 F. Supp.2d 434 (E.D. Pa. 2014), aff’d, 629 Fed. Appx. 313 (3d Cir. 2015), cert. denied, 579 U.S. 917 (2016)

Regan v. Sierra Int’l Mach., LLC, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 104040 (D. Or. 2017)

Regan v. Sierra Int’l Mach., LLC, 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 41911 (D. Or. 2018)

Clark v. River Metals Recycling, LLC and Sierra International Machinery, LLC, 2018 WL 3108891 (S.D. Ill. 2018), aff’d, 929 F.3d 434 (7th Cir. 2019)

Ferber v. Olde Erie Brew Pub & Grill, LLC, 161 A.D.3d 1142, 78 N.Y.S.3d 209 (2d Dep’t 2018), leave to appeal denied, 32 N.Y.3d 918 (2019)

Herlihy v. Sandals Resorts Int’l, Ltd., 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 25861 (D. Conn. 2019)

Williams v. Gamma Meccanica, et al., 2020 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 23850 (S.D. Ind. 2020)

Lawyer-Pilots Bar Association Journal, Vol. XXXII No. 2, Summer 2010, “Emerging Issues:  Unmanned Aircraft and Space Debris”

Defense Research Institute, Strictly Speaking – The Newsletter of the Product Liability Committee, May 12, 2020, Volume 17, Issue 2 – “Recent Seventh Circuit Analysis of Daubert, Federal Rule of Evidence 702, and the Consumer Expectations vs. Risk-Utility Tests”

John M. Socolow

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