John J. Hession

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John J. Hession has been involved in all aspects of litigation in admiralty law, aviation, construction, labor law, civil litigation, and insurance coverage before both State and Federal Courts for over forty years. "Jack" Hession has tried over one hundred and fifty high exposure jury and non-jury cases to conclusion, including the 2003 Staten Island Ferry Limitation of Liability, in which he was lead Counsel for the Claimants. Mr. Hession has argued numerous cases in the New York Court of Appeals, as well as in the First, Second and Third Departments, numerous cases in the First, Second, Third, Fifth, Sixth and Eleventh circuit Courts of Appeals, and The United States Supreme Court.


Bar Admissions:

  • New York, 1981
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2003
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 1st Circuit, 1987
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit, 1984
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit, 1988
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 1993
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 1986
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 1981
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York, 1985
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Southern District of New York, 2015
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Eastern District of New York, 2015


  • New York Law School, New York, New York
    • J.D. - 1980
    • Honors: Robert F. Wagner Moot Court Winner
    • Honors: National Moot Court Team
  • Columbia College, Columbia University, New York, New York
    • B.A., Bachelor of Arts - 1977
    • Honors: Columbia College Scholar
    • Honors: New York Regents Scholar
    • Major: Political Science
    • Major: Psychology

Honors and Awards:

  • Named as one of New York’s “Super Lawyers” Metro Edition (Transportation and Maritime) in 2013.
  • Rated Metropolitan Area Top Lawyer 2016 by New York Law Journal
  • A.V. Pre-Eminent Judicial Rating since 1985

Professional Associations and Memberships:

  • Maritime Law Association of The United States, Proctor Member since 1981
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Member Admiralty Committee, New York City Bar Association
  • United States Lifesaving Association, Lifetime member since 1972