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John W. Sinnott




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, consumer products, 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.



  • The Best Lawyers in America: Product Liability Litigation - Defendants (2013-2022)
  • 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


  • Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel, Chair of Premises and Security Liability Section, Vice Chair of Data Breach, Privacy, and Cyber Insurance Section, Vice Chair of Drug, Device, and Biotechnology Section, past Assistant Hot Cases Editor
  • American College of Coverage Counsel, Cyber, Computer Crime, and Tech Committee Co-Chair, 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


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


  • 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


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

Publications and Presentations

  • The Great Data Privacy Debate of our Time: To Be Forgotten or Not To Be Forgotten
    Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel Annual Meeting August 2, 2019
  • Taking on the Plaintiffs’ Attempts to Kill the IME Process
    Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel Annual Meeting July 31, 2019
  • Cybersecurity Litigation Landscape and Trends
    Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel Webinar March 20, 2018
  • Insurance Coverage for Liability Resulting from Moonlighting Police Officers
    Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel Winter Meeting February 27, 2018
  • Regulatory Trends: Possible Changes in the FDA Under President Trump
    Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel Webinar September 7, 2017
  • Defense Tactics Unique to Brain Injury Cases
    National Business Institute CLE June 28, 2017
  • First Party Property Insurance Compendium: Fee Shifting
    American College of Coverage and Extracontractual Counsel, author of two chapters March 16, 2017
  • Cyber Insurance: The Wild, Wild West
    Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel Winter Meeting March 10, 2017
  • Too Much of a Good Thing: How to Negotiate Volume Work at Rates That Work for Both Sides
    Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel Annual Meeting July 27, 2016
  • Insurance Company Patterns and Practices:The Discovery and Admissibility of Evidence of Other Claims
    American College of Coverage and Extracontractual Counsel Annual Meeting 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 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