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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 public accommodations, housing providers, and employers in single plaintiff and class actions in courts nationwide, with a substantial focus on disability access law.  He has successfully defended clients in matters arising under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Fair Housing Act (FHA) and all other manner of federal, state and local laws relating to civil rights. Mr. Egan also has substantial experience representing clients in agency proceedings, particularly before the United States Department of Justice, New York State Division of Human Rights, and New York City Commission on Human Rights.  

As a member of Seyfarth's ADA Title III Specialty Team, Mr. Egan represents public accommodations nationally in matters involving cutting-edge issues relating to architectural barriers, website accessibility and other forms of effective communication (e.g. sign language interpreters, documents in alternative formats, readers, and electronic information technology), and service animals.  Mr. Egan has substantial experience defending public accommodations in class action litigation involving the accessibility of websites for individuals with visual and hearing disabilities.  He is a national thought leader in addressing complex accessibility issues, including those presented by new technologies in the increasingly on-line, on-demand economy. 

Mr. Egan has substantial experience in all facets of ADA Title III litigation and counseling.  His experience ranges from the negotiation of highly favorable, early resolutions, to first-chairing the aggressive defense of these cases on behalf of Fortune 500 companies through all stages of litigation.  Mr. Egan represents a diverse group of industries, including retailers, colleges and universities, real estate investment trusts, consulting firms, movie theatres, automobile manufacturers, financial service providers, non-profit organizations, restaurants, digital advertising companies, 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 lectures regularly on emerging disability 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 serves as the Chair of the Disability Law Committee of the New York City Bar Association. 

In addition, Mr. Egan counsels and defends landlords, developers, condominiums and cooperatives in disability matters arising out of the FHA, as well as state and municipal laws prohibiting discrimination in housing.  Mr. Egan also counsels and defends employers in matters presenting challenging issues regarding workplace accommodations for employees with disabilities and leave-related issues.  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 public accommodations, housing providers, and employers in single plaintiff and class actions in courts nationwide, with a substantial focus on disability access law.  He has successfully defended clients in matters arising under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Fair Housing Act (FHA) and all other manner of federal, state and local laws relating to civil rights. Mr. Egan also has substantial experience representing clients in agency proceedings, particularly before the United States Department of Justice, New York State Division of Human Rights, and New York City Commission on Human Rights.  

As a member of Seyfarth's ADA Title III Specialty Team, Mr. Egan represents public accommodations nationally in matters involving cutting-edge issues relating to architectural barriers, website accessibility and other forms of effective communication (e.g. sign language interpreters, documents in alternative formats, readers, and electronic information technology), and service animals.  Mr. Egan has substantial experience defending public accommodations in class action litigation involving the accessibility of websites for individuals with visual and hearing disabilities.  He is a national thought leader in addressing complex accessibility issues, including those presented by new technologies in the increasingly on-line, on-demand economy. 

Mr. Egan has substantial experience in all facets of ADA Title III litigation and counseling.  His experience ranges from the negotiation of highly favorable, early resolutions, to first-chairing the aggressive defense of these cases on behalf of Fortune 500 companies through all stages of litigation.  Mr. Egan represents a diverse group of industries, including retailers, colleges and universities, real estate investment trusts, consulting firms, movie theatres, automobile manufacturers, financial service providers, non-profit organizations, restaurants, digital advertising companies, 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 lectures regularly on emerging disability 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 serves as the Chair of the Disability Law Committee of the New York City Bar Association. 

In addition, Mr. Egan counsels and defends landlords, developers, condominiums and cooperatives in disability matters arising out of the FHA, as well as state and municipal laws prohibiting discrimination in housing.  Mr. Egan also counsels and defends employers in matters presenting challenging issues regarding workplace accommodations for employees with disabilities and leave-related issues.  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, Disability Law Committee (2018–2019 Chair)

Representative Engagements

Public and Housing Accommodation Discrimination

  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of national retailer on question of first impression in the Second Circuit relating to the requirements for accessible sales and service counters.
  • 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. 
  • Negotiated highly favorable resolution agreement on behalf of national university concerning the accessibility of its website with the United States Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights.
  • Negotiated highly favorable consent decree on behalf of national mall owner and operator concerning exterior accessible routes and accessible parking at one of the largest malls in the greater New York area.  
  • Obtained finding of no probable cause by the New York State Division of Human Rights in connection with claims of disability discrimination directed against housing provider.
  • Obtained dismissal of complaint filed with New York City Commission on Human Rights concerning housing discrimination claim directed at condominium board.
  • Obtained finding of no probable cause by the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General in connection with claims that financial institution discriminated against customer with a physical impairment. 
  • Obtained finding of no probable cause by the New York State Division of Human Rights in connection with claims that financial institution discriminated against customer with learning disability.
  • Negotiated highly favorable resolution in ADA Title III action filed against landmark New York City music venue.
  • Negotiated highly favorable resolution of ADA Title III claims directed against international jewelry and fashion retailer over alleged physical barriers in three-story Manhattan store.  
  • Negotiated highly favorable resolution of ADA Title III claims against landmarked property in South Street Seaport in Manhattan. 
  • Negotiated highly favorable resolution of ADA Title III claims directed against landmark Manhattan hotel.
  • Negotiated highly favorable resolution of ADA Title III claims directed at Atlanta-area shopping mall.

Employment Discrimination

  • Obtained full dismissal on summary judgment of federal and state law claims for age discrimination and retaliation against financial services provider. 
  • Prevailed at the Second Circuit in affirming full dismissal of claims of discrimination against real estate management company under Title VII, New York State Human Rights Law and New York City Human Rights Law.   
  • 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 on behalf of fashion company at AAA arbitration.
  • Obtained full dismissal on motion to dismiss claim for severance pay under a collective bargaining agreement on behalf of real estate management company in New York federal court.
  • 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 on behalf of financial services provider in New York County Supreme Court.
  • Achieved highly favorable resolution of age discrimination claims directed against international advertising company.

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

  • Lead Panelist and Moderator, “Workplace Accommodations and the Cooperative Dialogue,” 5th Annual Employment Law Institute, New York City Bar Association (March 8, 2019)
  • Co-Presenter, "Website, Mobile App, and Kiosk Accessibility Lawsuits Under Title III of the ADA: A Legal Update," Webinar, presented by Seyfarth Shaw LLP (February 13, 2019)
  • Co-Moderator, "Recent 'Cooperative Dialogue' Amendment to the New York City Human Rights Law," New York City Bar Association (November 13, 2018)
  • Moderator, "Website Accessibility Panel," New York Intellectual Property Lawyers Association (July 17, 2018)
  • Presenter, "Website Disability Access Lawsuits: The Ongoing Assault on Businesses and How to Respond," Webinar, presented by Seyfarth Shaw LLP (April 4, 2018)
  • Chair and Moderator, “Disability Law Forum: Accessibility Updates in the Areas of Access to Justice, the Legal Profession, Housing and More,” New York City Bar Association (November 2, 2017)
  • Moderator and Speaker, “ADA Title III Symposium: Disability Access Litigation, Compliance, and New Developments,” Client Event, presented by Seyfarth Shaw LLP, Atlanta, GA (May 17, 2017)
  • 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