John C. Leddy Associate




John Leddy focuses his practice on commercial litigation, insurance & reinsurance coverage/ transactions, and defending corporations/individuals in negligence-based claims in the transportation, construction and real estate industries, among others. John’s complex tort practice focuses primarily on premises liability, labor law and multistate transportation matters. John also works with clients in obtaining, creating and navigating complex insurance & reinsurance agreements throughout the United States, the Caribbean and London. He litigates matters in state and federal court, from inception through resolution by settlement, dispositive motion, trial or mediation/arbitration. John maintains a strong relationship with his clients throughout various industries built on trust, responsiveness and reliability. John is counted on as a key member of our clients’ legal teams by reducing client risk and exposure in preventing claims at the outset through eventual resolution. John’s client base includes traditional insurance carriers, businesses with significant self-insured retentions, as well as owners of single parent-captive insurance companies and members of group captives, risk purchasing groups and risk retention groups.

Prior to joining Wilson Elser, John worked as an associate at a boutique litigation firm in the Greater Boston, Massachusetts, area. While there, his practice focused on construction litigation, premises liability, product liability, employment law and travel-based litigation.

In law school, John worked as a law clerk for a Fortune 100 multinational insurer in the litigation and coverage practice groups, where he drafted numerous coverage opinions and conducted expansive legal research pertaining to jurisdictions across the country. John also served as a student attorney at the Boston College Civil Litigation Clinic providing legal services to indigent families in the Greater Boston area. Also during law school, John interned at the Department of Labor, Office of the Solicitor in the Boston regional office, focusing on issues pertaining to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), Occupation Safety and Health Act (OSHA) and Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA). John also interned for the National Mediation Board, Office of the General Counsel, focusing on issues concerning the Railway Labor Act (RLA) and external litigation.

Representative Matters

Obtained summary judgment in New York State Supreme Court, New York County in underlying NY Labor Law matter stemming from two separate incidents at two separate buildings, requiring multiple summary judgment motions and oral arguments.

Obtained summary judgment in New York State Supreme Court, Suffolk County in commercial transportation matter involving multiple summary judgment filings, motions for re-argument and eventual dismissal of claims against clients where matter continues against co-defendants.

Obtained dismissal of complaint in New York State Supreme Court, New York County of second lawsuit on breach of contract grounds stemming from a premises liability incident where firm previously obtained vacatur of default judgment and dismissal of underlying complaint in Supreme Court, Kings County.

Obtained summary judgment in New York State Supreme Court, Nassau County on commercial transportation matter for commercial leasing client on Graves Amendment preemption arguments.

Obtained summary judgment in New York State Supreme Court, Kings County in premises liability matter through showing lack of client creation or notice of alleged defect at end of discovery; underlying litigation continued against other defendants with large exposure to said parties.

Obtained voluntary dismissal in New York State Supreme Court, Suffolk County of NY Labor Law case prior to beginning extensive discovery through summary judgment motion, aggressive surveillance and investigations of claims.

Obtained voluntary dismissal in New York State Supreme Court, Bronx County following summary judgment submissions in NY Labor Law/ premises liability case where other defendants were forced to settle in excess of $500,000 following disposition.