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John Monica is a member of the firm’s litigation team, where he focuses on commercial litigation, trial work, and antitrust matters.  He also is nationally recognized for his nanotechnology and chemical regulatory expertise.

With over twenty-five years’ experience, John’s practice is concentrated in complex civil, multi-party, class action, and multi-district litigation.  He has a broad range of first-chair responsibility in cases nationwide, as well as first-chair federal appellate experience in the Second, Third, Sixth, and Federal Circuits.  He also advises clients on nanotechnology regulatory compliance and legislative issues and monitors trade association activities to ensure adherence to state and federal laws.

John was also named a top ten expert in environmental, health, and safety issues related to engineered nanomaterials by Nanotechnology Law and Business, peer-reviewed journal.  He is the author of the leading legal reference text in field, “Nanotechnology Law,” co-author of three book chapters, author/co-author of numerous articles regarding nanotechnology legal issues, and an invited speaker at over 30 nanotechnology symposia.

Prior to joining Protorae Law, John was the managing partner of Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP’s Washington, D.C. office. John earned his Juris Doctor from George Washington University Law School and his Bachelor of Arts and Sciences from Northwestern University.

John’s prior litigation experience includes:

  • Obtaining summary judgment at trial court level and prevailing on Third Circuit appeal in matter involving whether changes in interest rate swap spreads were an appropriate surrogate for use in hedging against changes in commercial mortgage backed security spreads through the use of a forward starting interest rate swap.
  • Defending the nation’s second largest egg producer and owner of 23,000,000 egg laying hens in complex antitrust MDL involving allegations of coordinated supply reduction efforts by egg producers. Defending claims brought under Sherman Act and antitrust and consumer protection laws of 21 states.  Defending two class actions (direct and indirect purchasers) and five “opt-out” cases involving over 20 plaintiff grocery store chains and food service companies.
  • Obtaining summary judgment in trial court and prevailing on Sixth Circuit appeal in litigation involving whether surety for public bridge painting contracts had priority to contract receivables over a contractor’s secured lender purportedly holding a prior U.C.C. Art. 9 security interest. Case involved surety, subrogation, and trust issues.
  • Representing plaintiff/importer of vitamins that received improper tariff treatment from U.S. Customs & Border Protection. Successful resolution in trial court of claims regarding six products.  Prevailing on remaining products on CAFC appeal.
  • Defending aftermarket automobile parts manufacturer in industry-wide antitrust MDL and class actions.
  • Obtaining judgment in secured financing case against charter airline. Taking significant value case from initial filing to eve of trial in under one year.
  • Obtaining summary judgment defending powder paint application system manufacturer in complex in utero chemical exposure litigation. Persuading court on issue of first impression regarding statute of repose applied to disabled litigant.
  • Obtaining dismissal of client in litigation over whether lender was liable for alleged failure to inform commercial borrower that interest rate swap charges would continue to accrue even after borrower defaulted on underlying construction loan and funding ceased.

LEGAL DISCLAIMER: THE RESULTS OF ALL CLIENT MATTERS DEPEND ON A VARIETY OF FACTORS UNIQUE TO EACH MATTER. PAST SUCCESSES DO NOT PREDICT OR GUARANTEE FUTURE SUCCESSES.