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John J. Porta

New York Metro
New York City

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


John J. Porta


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

John is a strategic advisor who manages national, regional and local client relationships. He advises management teams on their most sensitive and important matters. In managing these relationships, he represents employers in all aspects of employment law, including transactional matters, litigation, arbitration, compliance advice and audits, executive and management training, and other employment related legal matters. John’s approach is to emphasize the primacy of achieving the client’s business goals by focusing on strategic counseling, negotiation and risk management.    

John 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 clients in collective actions under the FLSA. John 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 on his clients’ behalf through negotiation and dispositive motions, he maintains first chair trial experience, and is well-versed in alternative dispute resolution including proceedings before FINRA and other tribunals.

John regularly counsels and represents employers in a range of industries including retail, commercial real estate, financial services, and Airline and Airline Service Providers.

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

Honors and Recognitions

  • New York Super Lawyers®, "Rising Stars" (2013-2018) and "Super Lawyers" (2019-present)

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]