John J. Giardino

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John J. Giardino

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Office Managing Partner
Banking & Financial Services
Music & Entertainment
Commercial Business Litigation
Corporate & Securities
Real Estate

New York

Bar & Court Admissions

  • State Bar of New York
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. District Courts for New York State

Professional Affiliations

  • American Board of Trial Advocates (past Chapter President)
  • American Bar Association
  • New York State Trial Lawyers Association
  • New York Bar Association

Community Involvement

  • State of New York City of Buffalo Financial Control Board
  • Niagara River Greenway Commission
  • H. H. Richardson Historical Site Commission
  • Boards of the Urban League
  • NAACP, the National Conference for Community and Justice
  • Olmsted Conservancy


  • State University of Buffalo Law School, J.D.
  • Kenyon College, A.B.

John Giardino is the Managing Partner of M&R’s New York office. He is a trial lawyer sought after to handle the most challenging, high-stakes cases, including the $1.2B collapse of New York State’s Workers’ Compensation Self Insurance Program. John also acted as trial counsel for the developers of the landmark redevelopment of The Apthorp on New York’s Upper West Side after the project’s lender Anglo-Irish Bank was taken over by the Irish government. These are just a sampling of the newsworthy matters John has litigated. Given his body of work in the courtroom, John is one of the select few legal professionals chosen to serve on the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) COVID-19 Task Force, created to address pandemic-related issues impacting the legal profession, the judicial system, and the public.

A renowned transactional attorney as well, John has structured complex transactions such as the $1.4B bond program for modernization of an urban school district. Likewise, he has spearheaded several deals allowing health care institutions to improve building systems and medical technology and instrumentation.

Commercial Litigation: Represented hundreds of companies across New York in class action litigation with third-party administrators of group self-insurance trusts.
Commercial Litigation: Represented developer in litigation with mortgage lender over advances, completion milestones, and funding restrictions imposed by regulatory takeover.
Commercial Litigation: Represented owner of Dutch Masters painting in litigation with insurer over theft claims.
Business Transactions: Represented developer in multiple Freddie Mac financings of multi-family housing projects.
Business Transactions: Oversaw restructuring of health care supply company whose previous management team engaged in fraudulent billing practices.
Business Transactions: Structured the bond financings for the transfer of loss portfolios held by employer group self-insurance trusts.
  • Carried the Torch for the Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta