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John W. Sinnott

Member

504.310.2116

PROFILE

John is an experienced personal injury and property damage litigator, primarily in the areas of products liability, construction, and insurance coverage. He has defended product manufacturers in litigation involving pharmaceutical and over-the-counter medications, medical devices, industrial machinery, synthetic stucco, and tankless water heaters. In the insurance coverage field, he advises and defends insurers in coverage litigation and direct action cases. John has also defended premises liability claims, environmental and toxic tort actions, and claims against medical laboratories. He has a long history of representing termite and pest control companies. John is the firm’s member in charge of pro bono services.

AREAS OF PRACTICE

Honors

  • The Best Lawyers in America: Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
  • Louisiana Super Lawyers, Construction Litigation
  • CityBusiness Leadership in Law, 2014
  • New Orleans Magazine Top Lawyers: Products Liability, Drug & Medical Device, Toxic Torts
  • AV Preeminent, Martindale-Hubbell rating
  • Tulane Environmental Law Journal, Senior Member

AFFILIATIONS

  • Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel, Vice Chair of Premises and Security Section, Assistant Hot Cases Editor
  • American College of Coverage and Extracontractual Counsel, Website and Social Media Committee Co-Chair
  • Defense Research Institute, Insurance Law Committee: past Regional Editor for Covered Events
  • Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel
  • Dartmouth Lawyers Association
  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • New Orleans Bar Association
  • New Orleans Association of Defense Counsel

EDUCATION

  • J.D. , cum laude, Tulane University School of Law (1995)
  • A.B., Darmouth College (1988)

ADMISSIONS

  • Louisiana state courts
  • United States Court of Appeals, Fifth and Tenth Circuits
  • United States District Court for the Eastern, Middle, and Western Districts of Louisiana

Military Service

  • United States Marine Corps, Captain, 1988-1992

Community

  • Dartmouth Club of the Gulf South: Vice-President
  • Youth Baseball Coach
  • Youth Soccer Coach
  • Cubmaster

Publications and Presentations

  • Insurance Company Patterns and Practices:The Discovery and Admissibility of Evidence of Other Claims
    American College of Coverage and Extracontractual Counsel Annual Meeting, Chicago, Illinois May 4, 2016
  • The Future of Cy Pres Settlements
    Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel Annual Meeting
  • Social Media, the Internet, and Electronically Stored Information (ESI) Challenges
    National Business Institute CLE
  • First-Party Property Insurance Appraisal Law Appraisal Compendium
    American College of Coverage and Extracontractual Counsel and Windstorm Insurance Network publication, author of three chapters
  • Comment on 2014 Proposed Changes to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure
    Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure, Administrative Office of the United States Courts
  • Insurance Issues Surrounding Defense of Mold and Mildew Claims
    National Business Institute CLE
  • Insurance Coverage Litigation and Settlements in Louisiana
    National Business Institute CLE
  • Current Issues in UM/UIM Insurance Coverage
    National Business Institute CLE
  • Ethics for Insurance Defense Counsel
    National Business Institute CLE
  • Claims Handling Presentations (multiple)
    Louisiana Pest Control Association