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John M. Socolow, Partner

DIRECT 203.580.4445   FAX 203.580.4350

John is a Partner in our New York City and Stamford, Connecticut offices. His practice focuses primarily on litigation in a number of areas, including aviation and aerospace law, where he is responsible for all aspects of product liability defense of a major foreign helicopter manufacturer and its subsidiaries in state and federal courts across the country.  He also provides counsel to clients on matters involving products liability, insurance coverage, premises liability, dram shop liability and commercial disputes. Earlier in his career, John was one of the national coordinating counsel for product liability matters involving a well-known consumer product manufacturer, and subsequently for a Japan-based automotive and truck manufacturer and its subsidiaries in the United States and the Caribbean. John is fluent in Spanish.
John earned his B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania. He received his J.D. from Fordham University School of Law. In addition to being admitted to the New York state and federal district courts, John is also admitted to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut, the United States Courts of Appeal for the Second, Third, Fifth, Seventh and Ninth Circuits, and the United States Supreme Court, where in 2016 he successfully opposed a petition for a writ of certiorari. He has appeared pro hac vice in state and federal courts throughout the United States.

John is a member of the American Bar Association, the Defense Research Institute, the New York State Bar Association, and the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. On several occasions he has participated as a speaker or moderator at the annual ABA Aviation and Space Law CLE program in Washington, D.C., including the 2009 program for which he co-authored an article, about Unmanned Aircraft and Space Debris, which was later reprinted in the Summer 2010 edition of the Lawyer-Pilots Bar Association Journal.


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Stamford, CT 06901



J.D., Fordham University School of Law, New York, 1986

B.A., University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, 1983


Massachusetts, 1986

New York, 1987

U.S. District Court
Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, 1987

U.S. District Court
Western District of New York, 1998

U.S. District Court
Northern District of New York, 2015

U.S. District Court
District of Connecticut, 2009

U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit, 2008

U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit, 2009

U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit, 2014

U.S. Supreme Court, 2016

U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit, 2018

U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, 2018

Connecticut, 2020