John J. Calandra represents clients in complex commercial litigation and heads the New York Litigation Practice Group. He represents clients in litigations and arbitrations crossing many industries, including chemicals, satellite, energy, financial products, outsourcing, hotel management, manufacturing and distribution.

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  • Successfully represented a hotel owner against a well-known hotel operator in connection with alleged breaches of fiduciary duties and duties owed under the Hotel Management Agreement
  • Won a motion for judgment on pleadings in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York dismissing fraud claims against the client relating to the plaintiff’s acquisition of the client’s business/assets

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  • Cornell Law School, received two American Jurisprudence Awards and was selected to the Order of the Coif


  • City University of New York, former trustee, appointed by Governor Pataki in 1996 and reappointed in 2000
  • Cornell Law School’s Transactional Lawyers Competition, judge in 2012 and 2013
  • Fordham Law School, guest lecturer on summary judgment tactics and procedures


Cornell Law School, JD, magna cum laude, 1991
Columbia University, BA, 1988

New York

Courts / Agencies
US District Court for the Eastern District of New York
US District Court for the Southern District of New York

John J. Calandra

Insights & Events / Media

New York Law Journal / April 14, 2014

The Not So 'Common' Interest Privilege Applied to M&A Deals