John J. Komar

John J. Komar

Offices: New York
Partner

John's practice encompasses cases involving transportation liability (both personal and commercial auto), labor law and construction liability, coverage claims, and premises liability. He has particular experience trying cases defending livery cars and commercial motor vehicles. He has tried over 100 cases ending in verdicts, many in defense verdicts or damages awards well below the reserve. His reported decisions include:

Daubert v. Flyte Time, 1 AD3d 395 (2nd. Dept. 2003)
Plowden v. Stevens Partners, 5 AD3d 609, 45 AD3d 659 (2nd. Dept 2005)
Agosto v. 30th Place Holding, 73 AD3d 492 (2nd. Dept 2010)

In addition to his liability practice, John is experienced in Surrogate's Court matters, filing petitions for probate and administration, wrongful death proceedings and guardianships. He is also a Part 36 NYS Court Fiduciary eligible for appointments as a Guardian Ad Litem, Court Evaluator and Attorney for Alleged Incapacitated Person in New York, Bronx and Kings Counties. Additionally, John has worked on real estate transactions, representing lenders and borrowers and purchasers and sellers, and is also experienced in the preparation and execution of wills and trusts.

Before joining Russo & Gould, John was staff counsel at AIG where he tried premises cases of high damages in the Bronx, Westchester and the Hudson Valley. As an AIG "Rising Star," he attended AIG's NITA Model Trial Training Program. Prior to AIG, John worked at a Main Street firm in Rockland County where he gained experience trying cases across a full range of areas.

Education
1988, J.D., Pace University, School of Law
1982, M.A., American Literature, University of Massachusetts, Boston
1980, B.A. English, State University of New York College at Purchase
Experience
● Eligible for court appointments as a Guardian Ad Litem, Court Evaluator and Attorney for Alleged Incapacitated Person in New York, Bronx, and Kings Counties
● Written and argued appeals in the First, Second, and Third Departments of the Appellate Division
Admissions
United State Supreme Court
United States District Court, Southern District of New York
New York
Speaking Engagements
Lecturer on trial practice and Rules of Evidence at National Business Institute

News Insights

March 12, 2019

John Komar Wins Damages Only Defense Verdict in Brooklyn Supreme Court

After deliberating for nine hours over the span of two days in the damages only trial of Brent v. Sheskin a Brooklyn jury returned a defense verdict on February 28, 2019 in favor of our client, a livery car driver based in Coney Island.

November 29, 2018

John Komar Wins Defense Verdict at Damages Trial in Brooklyn

On November 16, 2018 John Komar secured a defense verdict before the Hon. Richard J. Montelione, A.J.S.C. in Civil Court, Kings County, in the case of Hinds v Ali.

October 12, 2018

Twelve Day Trial Ends With Verdict for Russo & Toner Client

On October 1, 2018 John Komar secured a liability defense verdict for our clients in Pagan v. Paradise, after a twelve day unified trial in Supreme Court, Bronx County.