John J. Calandra - McDermott Will & Emery


John J. Calandra represents clients in complex commercial litigation and formerly headed 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 the Unsecured Creditor’s Committee of Voyager Digital, a publicly traded cryptocurrency broker, in connection with an investigation of potential claims
  • Obtained the complete dismissal from the SDNY of a class action complaint challenging a large technology company’s advertising of one of its products
  • Successfully defended former CEO of Fortune 100 Company against derivative claims alleging breach of duty of loyalty

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  • The Best Lawyers in America, Commercial Litigation, 2021-2024
  • Legal 500 US, 2021-2023
  • Chambers USA, Commercial Disputes, 2021 and 2023
  • Winner of two American Jurisprudence Awards
  • Order of the Coif


  • Trustee of City University of New York, 1996-2006 (appointed by the Governor and confirmed (twice) by the NYS Senate)
  • Judge for Cornell Law School’s Annual Transactional Lawyers Competition (2012-2022)
  • 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