John F. Parker

John F. Parker

Partner

Practice Groups

John Parker, leader of the firm’s Environmental Practice Group, has more than 25 years’ experience serving the legal needs and defending the interests of product manufacturers, general contractors, and others on issues of liability and damages in state and federal courts around the country. With extensive toxic tort experience, handling matters pertaining to chemical exposures, lead paint poisoning, mold, asbestos, benzene, beryllium, repetitive stress injury, and more, John’s finely honed legal counsel offers clients remarkable insight into how to best defend complex, high-exposure liability claims. He also litigates civil and administrative environmental matters such as cost recovery actions, citizen suits, and enforcement proceedings relating to site contaminations, spills, and remediations involving underground storage tanks, PCBs, and the fuel additive MTBE.

John acts as counsel for owners, construction managers, contractors, subcontractors, and architects and engineers on large-scale construction projects and advises on contractual and insurance matters and issues pertaining to labor law. He also handles first- and third-party coverage claims arising out of alleged construction defects. John’s varied practice includes work in the pharmaceutical arena, where he assists major pharmaceutical companies and medical device manufacturers in product liability actions, asset purchase agreements/joint development agreements, and in the interpretation of FDA regulatory provisions. He also defends premises liability and security-related matters on behalf of hoteliers and restaurant chains. Finally, John represents local and national motor carriers/truck insurers in matters involving personal injury and wrongful death.

Matters include:

  • Representing the manufacturer of machines involved in dry cleaning in matter involving allegations of defective design pertaining to causal link between exposure to dry-cleaning solvent PERC and alleged disease;  
  • Defending a regional remediation company in claim involving New York Navigation Law cause of action pertaining to exacerbation of oil contamination duing cleanup and remedial operations;
  • Defending a gasoline station/property owner against allegations of groundwater contamination in New York municipality's water supply;
  • Representing a pharmaceutical company in qui tam action under the False Claims Act, the Medicare and Medicaid Patient Protection Act, anti-kickback statutes, and various state laws;
  • Defending a pharmaceutical company and its subsidiary in federal litigation and arbitration against claims of breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, fraudulent misrepresentation, and equitable claims arising out of a joint venture relationship. After a merger between the pharmaceutical company and its newly owned subsidiary, the plaintiff company asserted claims for multiple millions of dollars in exposure based on the acquisition of the subsidiary and purported ownership interest in a drug developed by the joint venture;   
  • Acting as counsel for an international engineering and environmental consulting firm facing multi-million dollar exposure due to a building collapse;
  • Acting as national coordinating counsel responsible for the strategy and oversight of hundreds of matters throughout the country concerning mass tort, product liability, and environmental claims;
  • Representing a large construction entity with city-wide contracts that routinely faces a high volume of labor law and premises liability exposure;
  • Representing a foreign-based hotel entity facing negligent security claims;
  • Defending a Fortune 500 company — whose subsidiary designed and manufactured the USTs, piping, and leak detection system under a large commercial shopping center — in a petroleum discharge matter involving damage to the environment, real property, and the surrounding community;
  • Representing numerous property owners/managers, product manufacturers/distributors, and remediation companies in actions concerning lead exposure to children, adults, and surrounding neighborhoods;
  • Coordinating product litigation for a heavy machinery manufacturer;
  • Representing numerous product manufacturers in asbestos litigation in NYCAL and upstate New York and New Jersey and a rail-car producer in a take-home asbestos exposure claim;
  • Acting as counsel for a component provider of an allegedly defective boiler, which purportedly caused a carbon monoxide leak that resulted in the wrongful deaths of three individuals;
  • Acting as counsel to environmental testing professionals at Nassau Coliseum in matters involving alleged airborne chemical exposure; and
  • Defending an electrical contractor  in a dispute arising from the explosion of a high-voltage cable system at a power generation facility in Connecticut, which resulted in property damages; claims included negligence, breach of contract, breach of warranty, and the Connecticut Unfair Trade Practices Act.
Professional Affiliations
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Claims & Litigation Management Alliance
Admitted to Practice
  • New York 
  • New Jersey 
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey
Community Involvement 
  • Pinkfest: Co-Founder and Member, Board of Directors
  • Cancer and Careers: Member, Advisory Board
  • Downtown Little League and Downtown Soccer League: Coach 
Education
  • Fordham University School of Law, J.D., 1989
  • State University of New York at Albany, B.A., summa cum laude, 1985

 

 

Publications/Presentations:
  • Presenter, “Tips for Success and Pitfalls to Avoid in Environmental Cost Recovery Actions,” Virginia Insurance Seminar, Richmond, VA, December 7, 2016
  • Presenter, “Environmental Spill Litigation in New York and New Jersey,” Virginia Insurance Seminar, Richmond, VA, December 7, 2016
  • Presenter, “EPA — Impacts arising out of the Clean Water Act , The Clean Water Rule, and The Potential Ripple Effect From The Chesapeake Bay TMDL,” Toxic Tort/Environmental Scouting Report Seminar, Chicago, IL, October 18, 2016
  • Presenter, "Hydraulic Fracturing – Emerging Regulatory & Litigation Issues and Trends,” Toxic Tort/Environmental Scouting Report Seminar, Chicago, IL, October 18, 2016
  • Presenter, "Emerging Environmental Risks," Palm Beach, FL, October 12, 2016
  • Presenter,  “Roughwaters on the Horizon — EPA Overreach Involving the Clean Water Act," Webinar, September 30, 2016
  • Presenter, "Emerging Environmental Trends,"  Architects and Engineers and Environmental Broker Educational Forum and Appreciation Event, Dana Point, CA, March 24, 2016
  • Co-Author, “Pliva’ Extended to State Claims of Design Defects in Generic Drugs,” New York Law Journal, August 16, 2013
  • Co-Author, “Is There Conscious Pain and Suffering from Carbon Monoxide Poisoning,” New York Law Journal, July 27, 2012, and published in the November 2012 issue of For The Defense, DRI Today
  • Co-Author, “Supreme Court Holds Federal Law Pre-Empts State Failure to Warn Claims,” New York Law Journal, August 30, 2011
  • Author, “Third-Party Litigation Funding — Impact and Implications,” MCWG Newsletter, Summer 2011
  • Co-Author, “Sickle Cell Anemia: Possible Answers to Longstanding Questions,” Mealey’s Personal Injury Report, September 13, 2010
  • Author, “As Sea Level Rises, So Does Corporate Risk,” In-House Defense Quarterly, Summer 2008
  • Author, “When Torts, Immigration Law Collide,” National Law Journal, January 9, 2006