John has been recognized by Best Lawyers of America, Chambers USA, Benchmark and Law Dragon as one of the top attorneys in the country. He has tried many high-profile cases, both civil and criminal, in state and federal courts, and has also argued many appeals in state and federal appellate courts. His clients are broad-based and diverse: governors, senators, representatives, CEOs, boards of directors, entrepreneurs, major chemical companies, railroads, athletes, sport coaches and managers and leading real estate developers. His practice areas are equally broad-based and diverse: complex issues of constitutional law, antitrust and trade regulation, intellectual property, product liability, toxic torts, business and commercial disputes, white collar crime, employment law and sports law. John is equally proud of the work that he has done for clients who are not as famous or well known, often at reduced rates or on a pro bono
basis, and he has received numerous awards and recognitions for his pro bono
John's passion and dedication to his work and his profession are well known. He lectures frequently on trial practice and techniques and is a leading author of 11 legal texts and more than 200 articles on product liability, discovery, evidence, procedure, legal ethics and trial strategy.
He has won significant trial victories for Atlantic Richfield Company, the Governor of Rhode Island, the Rhode Island Senate, the House of Representatives and many other entities and individuals in cases ranging from toxic tort, to constitutional law, to bribery and wire fraud, to ethics violations, to voting law and redistricting.
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John Tarantino Featured in Lawdragon's Lawyer Limelight
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AP&S Attorneys Named 2015 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars
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22 AP&S Attorneys Selected for 2016 Edition of Best Lawyers in America
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AP&S Attorneys Named “Lawyer of the Year” from Best Lawyers in America
•Selected by his peers for inclusion in the 2006-2016 editions of The Best Lawyers in America in the fields of Commercial Litigation, Personal Injury, Appellate Law, Mass Tort Litigation, Product Liability Litigation, Bet-the-Company Litigation and White Collar Criminal Defense.
•Chambers USA America's Leading Business Lawyers (Star Performer status).
•Lawdragon 500 (recognized as one of 500 leading lawyers in America and one of top 500 trial lawyers in America).
•Ralph P. Semonoff Award (Rhode Island Bar Association's highest award for civility, professionalism and outstanding advocacy).
•Recipient, 2003 Award of Merit for outstanding service to the legal profession and to the Rhode Island Bar Association.
•Recipient, 2008 Equal Justice Award, Rhode Island Legal Services.
•Exceptional Performance Citation received from Defense Research Institute, 2004.
•Recipient, Boston College Law School 75th Anniversary Alumni Award, 2006.
•Named a Rhode Island Super Lawyer, 2007-2015.
•Named “Commercial Litigation Lawyer of the Year - USA 2011” by Finance Monthly Magazine.
•Best Lawyers' 2012 Lawyer of the Year, Appellate Law, Providence.
•Best Lawyers' 2013 Lawyer of the Year, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Providence.
•Best Lawyers' 2016 Lawyer of the Year, White Collar, Providence.
•Selected as a local litigation star of Benchmark Litigation and Benchmark Appellate, 2013 - 2016.
•AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, its highest rating for attorneys.
•Poverello Center, Board of Directors (2005 - 2011).
•Member of Executive Committee, Capital Campaign of Franciscans of the Holy Name Province (2002 - 2004).
•Boston College Law School Board of Overseers (2005 - 2012).
•National Judicial College, Board of Visitors (2006 - 2103).
•Member, United States Supreme Court Historical Society, State Chair (2007-2008).
•Federal Hill House Association, Board of Directors (1995 - 2002).
•Mary's Home for Children, Board of Directors (1992 - 2000).
•Boston College Law School, Alumni Association.
•Dartmouth College, Alumni Association.
•American Inns of Court, Alumni Association.
•Providence Chamber of Commerce, Small Business Council.
•Member, Leadership Rhode Island, 1991 and Alumni Association.
•Member, Texas Ranger Law Enforcement Association.
National Conference of Bar Presidents.
• Member, American Board of Trial Advocates.
• Founding Member and Former Regent, National College for DUI Defense.
• Member, Sports Lawyers Association.
• Member, Justinian Society.
• Member, St. Thomas More Society.
• Member, Dartmouth College Lawyers' Association.
• Member, Defense Research Institute (DRI).
• Member, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL).
• Member, Federal Bar Association.
Community & Civic Activity
• Poverello Center, Board of Directors.
• Member of Executive Committee, Capital Campaign of Franciscans of the Holy Name Province.
• Boston College Law School Board of Overseers.
• National Judicial College, Board of Visitors.
• United States Supreme Court Historical Society, State Chair (2007-2008).
• Boston College Law School, Alumni Association.
• Dartmouth College, Alumni Association.
• American Inns of Court, Alumni Association
• Providence Chamber of Commerce, Small Business Council
Publications & Seminars
• Author of 11 legal texts and more than 200 legal articles, columns and reviews.
• Frequent lecturer on trial techniques.
• State of Rhode Island v. Lead Industries Association, et al.