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 technology, chemicals, satellite, energy, financial products, outsourcing, hotel management, manufacturing and distribution.

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  • Representing former CEO of Fortune 100 Company in defense of direct action and derivative claims alleging breach of duty of loyalty in connection with CEO’s negotiation of a merger transaction; succeeded in obtaining dismissal of derivative claim
  • Defeated a pair of preliminary injunction motions in federal court, which sought to enjoin changes to a retiree healthcare plan that was subject to a consent decree

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  • Legal 500 US, 2021 and 2022
  • Chambers USA, 2021, Commercial Disputes
  • The Best Lawyers in America 2021, Commercial Litigation
  • 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
US Court of Appeals Second Circuit
US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Court