John E. Roberts is a Senior Counsel in the Litigation Department and Co-Chair of the firm’s Appellate Practice Group. He focuses on complex civil appeals and commercial litigations.
John has twice represented parties during the merits stage at the United States Supreme Court. He was a key member of the Proskauer team that represented Biosig Instruments in the high-profile patent appeal, Nautilus Inc. v. Biosig Instruments, Inc. 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. John also drafted a successful petition for certiorari in Acosta-Febo v. Franklin Tax-Free Trust and drafted the merits briefs at the Supreme Court in that case. He has also represented parties in federal and state appellate courts across the country.
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 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 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.