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John Roberts is an associate in the Litigation Department and a member of the Appellate Group. He focuses on complex civil appeals and commercial litigation.

John has twice represented parties at the United States Supreme Court. In 2014, John was a key member of the Proskauer team that represented Biosig Instruments in a high-profile patent appeal. His advocacy led to a favorable decision by the Supreme Court and ultimately victory on remand before the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

In 2015, John drafted a successful petition for certiorari to the United States Supreme Court on behalf of the Government Development Bank for Puerto Rico in Acosta-Febo v. Franklin Tax-Free Trust and drafted the merits briefs at the High Court.

Other representative matters include:

  • Secured reversal of class certification ruling against Sprint-Nextel in the Second Circuit.
  • Successfully argued for reversal of an order of dismissal against Tradition (North America), Inc., a major inter-dealer broker, at the Massachusetts Appeals Court.

  • Represented a Fortune 100 software manufacturer in a successful patent appeal before the Federal Circuit.

  • Drafted amicus briefs to the United States Supreme Court, federal appeals courts and the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court on behalf of various organizations, including the American Bar Association and the United States Chamber of Commerce.

  • Won summary judgment for a Fortune 100 company in a Fair Labor Standards Act suit.

  • Conducted a months-long Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigation in China on behalf of a major technology corporation.

John graduated magna cum laude from the New York University School of Law, where he was an articles editor for the New York University Law Review. He received his B.A. from Harvard University, where he graduated cum laude. He served as a clerk to the Honorable Bruce M. Selya, the most prolific opinion-writer in the history of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. He began his legal career as an associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore in New York.

Before John attended law school, he worked as a journalist for National Public Radio for several years, where he was, among other things, a co-creator of the national news program, On Point, and won several awards for his reporting. He lives in Providence, Rhode Island with his partner Michael.