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John J. Porta

New York

P 212-545-4043
F 212-972-3213


John J. Porta is a Principal in the New York City, New York, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. 

Mr. Porta litigates employment disputes of all types before federal and state courts, the EEOC and the New York State Division of Human Rights. His litigation practice ranges from defending individual claims of discrimination to representing numerous clients in collective actions under the FLSA.  Mr. Porta is experienced in all aspects of class action cases, including developing litigation strategy, overseeing class discovery, and preparing potential exposure analysis. While he regularly is successful in his clients’ behalf through negotiation and dispositive motions, he maintains trial experience, and is well-versed in alternative dispute resolution.

As a result of Mr. Porta’s litigation experience, he routinely advises clients on restructuring strategies and the management of litigation risks associated with termination and restructuring, along with managing plant closing/mass layoff advance notification requirements. He also has an active advice and counseling practice providing advice to clients on all aspects of the employment relationship including wage and hour compliance.  John regularly counsels and represents employers in a range of industries including retail, commercial real estate, not-for-profits and Airline and Airline Service Providers. 

Mr. Porta has conducted hundreds of management training seminars on all topics related to the employment relationship.

Honors and Recognitions

Professional Associations and Activities

  • New York State Council SHRM – NYS Government Affairs Director

Published Works

  • "The Pivotal Role of Human Resources in Business Management: The 1980s to the Present," EMP. REL. TODAY (2013) [Co-authored with Christopher M. Valentino & Ryan Nelson]

See AllJohn J. Porta in the News

March 12, 2017

John Porta Comments on Political Disputes in the Workplace

March 12, 2017

John Porta comments on workers engaging in political discussions in the workplace in "Tackling Trump tensions: LI firms try to keep the workplace peaceful," published by Newsday. Subscription may be required to view article       Read More