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John Nicoletti is the managing partner of the firm. John represents the interests of major international and domestic underwriters in federal and state courts throughout the United States. He advises clients on a full range of insurance and reinsurance matters, with a focus on marine, inland marine, commercial property & casualty and energy insurance. John also counsels clients following pollution incidents on how to respond to the incident in compliance with federal and state law (e.g., Oil Pollution Act of 1990, Clean Water Act, CERCLA and state equivalents), on coordinating with governmental agencies responding to the incident, and on how to manage third-party claims arising out of the incident. In addition, John regularly represents a variety of interests in the shipping and transportation industries in federal and state courts, as well as in arbitration, throughout the United States in connection with lawsuits arising out of maritime casualties, pollution incidents, cargo damage, charter party disputes, maritime liens, salvage, personal injury and commercial disputes.

Bar Admissions:

  • New York, 1978
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court


  • Fordham University School of Law, New York, New York
    • J.D. - 1977
  • New York University
    • B.A. - 1974
    • Honors: cum laude

Honors and Awards:

  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Chambers USA: Transportation: Shipping: Litigation (2009 – Current)
  • The Best Lawyers in America (Maritime, 2006 – Current)
  • The New York Area's Best Lawyers (Maritime, 2006 – Current)
  • Super Lawyers, New York – Metro (Insurance Coverage, 2006 – Current)
  • US Legal 500: Litigation: Insurance: Shipping (2007)
  • Life Fellow of the American Bar Foundation

Professional Associations and Memberships:

  • Maritime Law Association of the United States, Proctor in Admiralty and Member, Committee on Marine Insurance
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Fellows of the American Bar Foundation, Member