John W.Egan


John is an accomplished ADA Title III attorney who represents public accommodations, housing providers, and employers in single-plaintiff and class actions in courts nationwide. 

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John has successfully defended clients in matters arising under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Fair Housing Act (FHA), Sections 504 and 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, and all other manner of federal, state and local laws relating to civil rights. John also has substantial experience representing clients in agency proceedings, particularly before the United States Department of Justice, as well as state and municipal enforcement agencies such as the New York State Division of Human Rights and New York City Commission on Human Rights.

As a member of Seyfarth's ADA Title III & Public Access team, John represents public accommodations, housing providers, and public entities nationally in matters involving cutting-edge issues relating to architectural barriers, website accessibility and other forms of effective communication (such as electronic information technology, real-time transcription, sign language interpreters, and documents in alternative formats), accessible transportation, as well as service animals. John has substantial experience defending clients in class action litigation involving the accessibility of websites for individuals with visual and hearing disabilities. He also counsels and works collaboratively with a broad array of stakeholders at Fortune 500 companies to address website-related accessibility issues and matters, litigation risk mitigation, and disability diversity and inclusion initiatives. John is a national thought leader in addressing complex accessibility issues, including those presented by new technologies in the increasingly online, on-demand economy. He routinely conducts presentations and trainings for clients, as well as national CLE providers, on ADA compliance and best practices.

John has substantial experience in all facets of disability access litigation and counseling. His experience ranges from first-chairing the aggressive defense of these cases through summary judgment and trial, negotiating highly favorable and efficient resolutions at the outset of litigation, and counseling on complex and novel areas of accessibility law, particularly in the digital accessibility space. John represents a diverse group of clients, including retailers, colleges and universities, real estate investment trusts, consulting firms, movie theatres, automobile manufacturers, financial service providers, public entities, professional sports teams, nonprofit organizations, restaurants, digital advertising companies, website and mobile app developers, government agencies, and property owners in disability access litigation in various jurisdictions across the country, including New York, Florida, California, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Georgia, Alabama, Arizona, Texas, Nevada, and Washington.

John lectures regularly on emerging disability law issues, frequently contributes to Seyfarth’s ADA Title III News & Insights Blog, has been quoted in prominent publications such as The New York Times, ABA Journal, Corporate Counsel, Crain’s New York Business, and New York Observer, and has appeared as television commentator on Spectrum News - NY1. He is deeply familiar with the unique accessibility requirements in New York State and City, having served as the chair of the Disability Law Committee of the New York City Bar Association from 2017-2020. John is currently serving as the vice-chair of the New York State Bar Association’s Committee On Disability Rights.

In addition, John has a dynamic practice in the area of housing accessibility, where he 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. John frequently collaborates with his Real Estate colleagues to deliver cross-departmental advice, counsel, and representation to New York City boards of condominiums and cooperatives, as well their managing agents, on thorny issues relating to disability accommodations. Additionally, John serves as a strategic advisor to property owners, developers, lenders, and investors in evaluating accessibility issues that arise from due diligence reviews incident to the purchase, sale and financing of real estate. John also counsels and defends employers in matters regarding workplace accommodations for employees with disabilities and leave-related issues.

John is active in Seyfarth’s internal Inclusion and Diversity communities. In his pro bono practice, John counsels and represents veterans and 9/11 First Responders in connection with applications for disability government benefits.

  • JD, Emory University School of Law

    Emory International Law Review, editor-in-chief

  • BA, State University of New York at Geneseo

    Summa cum laude

  • New York
  • US Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • US District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • US District Court, Southern District of New York