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John W. Egan

Partner

New York
Direct: (212) 218-5291
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John W. Egan is a partner in the New York office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP and a member of the Labor & Employment Department.  Mr. Egan represents employers in single plaintiff, class, and collective actions in federal and state courts.  He has successfully defended clients in matters arising under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), Title VII, Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), and all manner of state and local laws relating to employment and civil rights.  He also has substantial experience representing clients in agency proceedings, particularly before the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, United States Department of Justice, New York State Division of Human Rights, and New York City Commission on Human Rights. 

Mr. Egan’s practice has a substantial focus on disability law and its impact on public accommodations, employers, and housing providers.  As a member of Seyfarth's ADA Title III Specialty Team, he represents public accommodations nationally in matters involving architectural barriers, effective communication (e.g. captioning, documents in alternative formats, and sign language interpreters), and service animals. He has represented a wide range of Fortune 500 companies, such as hotels, retailers, movie theatres, restaurants, automobile manufacturers, financial service providers, and property owners in ADA Title III litigation in various jurisdictions across the country, including New York, Florida, California, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Georgia, Alabama, Arizona, Texas, Nevada, and Washington. 

Mr. Egan also handles class action litigation in New York and other jurisdictions involving the accessibility of websites for individuals with visual and hearing disabilities.  He has expertise in addressing complex accessibility issues presented by new technologies in the increasingly on-line, on-demand economy.

In addition, Mr. Egan counsels and defends landlords, developers, condominiums and cooperatives in matters arising out of the Fair Housing Act, as well as state and municipal laws prohibiting discrimination in housing based on disability and other protected classifications.  He lectures regularly on cutting-edge disability and employment law issues, frequently contributes to Seyfarth’s ADA Title III News & Insights Blog, and has been quoted in prominent publications such as the ABA Journal, Corporate Counsel, and New York Observer.  He is also an active member of the Legal Issues Affecting Persons with Disabilities Committee of the New York City Bar Association.  

Mr. Egan also counsels clients on a wide range of employment issues, including reasonable accommodations, personnel handbooks and policies, employee discipline, leaves of absence, payment of wages, exemptions, and separation agreements.  He is also a certified member of Seyfarth’s Retail Industry Client Team. 

In his pro bono practice, Mr. Egan counsels and represents veterans and 9/11 First Responders in connection with applications for disability and other government benefits.

 

John W. Egan is a partner in the New York office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP and a member of the Labor & Employment Department.  Mr. Egan represents employers in single plaintiff, class, and collective actions in federal and state courts.  He has successfully defended clients in matters arising under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), Title VII, Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), and all manner of state and local laws relating to employment and civil rights.  He also has substantial experience representing clients in agency proceedings, particularly before the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, United States Department of Justice, New York State Division of Human Rights, and New York City Commission on Human Rights. 

Mr. Egan’s practice has a substantial focus on disability law and its impact on public accommodations, employers, and housing providers.  As a member of Seyfarth's ADA Title III Specialty Team, he represents public accommodations nationally in matters involving architectural barriers, effective communication (e.g. captioning, documents in alternative formats, and sign language interpreters), and service animals. He has represented a wide range of Fortune 500 companies, such as hotels, retailers, movie theatres, restaurants, automobile manufacturers, financial service providers, and property owners in ADA Title III litigation in various jurisdictions across the country, including New York, Florida, California, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Georgia, Alabama, Arizona, Texas, Nevada, and Washington. 

Mr. Egan also handles class action litigation in New York and other jurisdictions involving the accessibility of websites for individuals with visual and hearing disabilities.  He has expertise in addressing complex accessibility issues presented by new technologies in the increasingly on-line, on-demand economy.

In addition, Mr. Egan counsels and defends landlords, developers, condominiums and cooperatives in matters arising out of the Fair Housing Act, as well as state and municipal laws prohibiting discrimination in housing based on disability and other protected classifications.  He lectures regularly on cutting-edge disability and employment law issues, frequently contributes to Seyfarth’s ADA Title III News & Insights Blog, and has been quoted in prominent publications such as the ABA Journal, Corporate Counsel, and New York Observer.  He is also an active member of the Legal Issues Affecting Persons with Disabilities Committee of the New York City Bar Association.  

Mr. Egan also counsels clients on a wide range of employment issues, including reasonable accommodations, personnel handbooks and policies, employee discipline, leaves of absence, payment of wages, exemptions, and separation agreements.  He is also a certified member of Seyfarth’s Retail Industry Client Team. 

In his pro bono practice, Mr. Egan counsels and represents veterans and 9/11 First Responders in connection with applications for disability and other government benefits.

 

Education

  • J.D., Emory University School of Law (2006)
    Editor-in-Chief, Emory International Law Review
  • B.A., State University of New York College at Geneseo (2003)
    summa cum laude

Admissions

  • New York

Courts

  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

Affiliations

  • New York City Bar Association, Legal Issues Affecting People with Disabilities Committee (September 2014-September 2017)

Representative Engagements

Employment Discrimination
  • Messinger v. JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., 13 Civ. 2444 (S.D.N.Y.) (obtained full dismissal on summary judgment of federal and state law claims for age discrimination and retaliation)
  • Casilla v. Philip & Jack Hirth Mgmt. et al., No. 12 Civ. 2503 (S.D.N.Y. August 2, 2013) (obtained full dismissal on motion to dismiss claims of discrimination under Title VII, New York State Human Rights Law and New York City Human Rights Law), affirmed 563 Fed. Appx. 85 (2d Cir. 2014). 
  • Gottlieb v. Elie Tahari, Ltd., Case No. 01-15-002-7225 (AAA Feb. 12, 2016) (obtained dismissal of claims for breach of contract, breach of implied contract, unjust enrichment, promissory estoppel, and violation of NYLL § 193 for allegedly unpaid bonus compensation)
  • Casilla v. Philip & Jack Hirth Mgmt. et al., No. 12 Civ. 6008, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 34648 (S.D.N.Y. Mar. 7, 2014) (obtained full dismissal on motion to dismiss claim for severance pay under a collective bargaining agreement).
  • Shamsky v. Deloitte, LLP, No. 154142/2014 (Sup. Ct. N.Y. Cty.) (obtained full dismissal of causes of action for breach of employment agreement, tortious interference, breach of implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing, and quantum meruit)
  • Challenger v. Deutsche Bank Securities Inc., No. 108469/10 (Sup. Ct. N.Y. Cty.) (disability discrimination claims)
  • Collins v. Craft Worldwide, 1:13-cv-08612 (S.D.N.Y) (age discrimination claims)
Public and Housing Accommodation Discrimination
  • Funches v. General Motors, LLC et al., Civil Action No. 14 Civ. 7382, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 66589, 2016 WL 2939165 (S.D.N.Y. May 17, 2016) (obtained full dismissal on motion to dismiss claims alleging that automobile manufacturer violated ADA Title III by failing to equip a segment of its vehicles with hand controls)
  • Wu v. CAMBA, Inc., No. 10167493 (NYS Div. Human Rights) (obtained finding of no probable cause in connection with claims of disability discrimination directed against housing provider)
  • Kassner v. Wells Fargo Bank, No. PV09HI-64353 (N.J. Office of the Attorney General) (obtained finding of no probable cause in connection with claims that financial institution discriminated against customer with a physical impairment)
  • Hampton v. Capital One Bank, No. 10163941 (NYS Div. Human Rights) (obtained finding of no probable cause in connection with claims that financial institution discriminated against customer with learning disability)
  • Cohan v. CCHI Singer Island, LLC, 9:13-cv-81277 (S.D.F.L.) (ADA Title III claims asserted in connection with accessibility of hotel pool)  
  • De La Rosa v. AMC Entertainment Inc., 13-CV-1574 (S.D.N.Y.) (ADA Title III and New York State and City Human Rights Law claims asserted against national movie theatre chain)
  • Godino v. HMC Times Square Hotel, L.P., 13-CIV-0259 (S.D.N.Y.) (ADA Title III and New York State and City Human Rights Law claims asserted against landmark Manhattan hotel)
  • Ingram v. CP Venture Five - AEC, LLC, 1:13-cv-3278 (N.D.G.A.) (ADA Title III claims asserted against owner of shopping mall)
  • Kreisler v. Parker East 24th Apartments, LLC, 12-cv-04052 (PAE) (S.D.N.Y.) (ADA Title III claims asserted against landlord of commercial retail establishment)
Regulatory and Rulemaking
  • Co-authored public comments on behalf of a national move theatre chain in response to the Department of Justice's Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act Regarding Movie Captioning and Audio Description (Nov. 26, 2014)

Presentations

  • Speaker, “ADA Compliance for Real Estate Owners: Avoiding and Responding to Drive-By Claims and Enforcement Actions - - Understanding the ADA Regulatory Framework and Potential for Abusive Litigation,” Strafford Webinar (Feb. 14, 2017)
  • Moderator, “Service and Companion Animals: Changing Federal, New York State, and New York City Laws for Landlords, Developers, Schools and Public Accommodations,” Disability Law Forum at the New York City Bar Association (October 13, 2016)
  • Speaker, “Accommodation in Action: Best Practices for Employers,” All Abilities Group of the Greater New York and New Jersey Chapters of the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) (September 19, 2016)
  • Speaker, “Accommodating Residents with Disabilities: What Housing Providers Need to Know,” New York State Bar Association, Real Estate Section (Condominiums and Cooperatives Committee) (January 29, 2015)
  • Speaker, "Requests for Reasonable Accommodations: Challenges, Strategies, and Perspectives," Breakfast Briefing, Seyfarth Shaw LLP (November 19, 2014)
  • "ADA Title III Issues: Real Estate Roundtable Management Roundtable," presented by Seyfarth Shaw (March 19, 2014)

Publications

Accolades

  • Super Lawyers New York Metro 2015 - Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers New York Metro 2016 - Rising Stars