John A. Tarantino: Lawyer with Adler Pollock & Sheehan P.C.

John A. Tarantino

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Providence,  RI  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Appellate
  • Criminal Law/White Collar Defense
  • Gaming Law
  • Higher Education
  • Hospitality
  • Insurance
  • Litigation
  • Products Liability Law/Toxic Tort Law
  • Sports Law
University Dartmouth College, A.B., magna cum laude, 1976; Kings College, University of London
Law SchoolBoston College, J.D., magna cum laude, 1981
Admitted1981, Rhode Island and Commonwealth of Massachusetts; U.S. District Court, District of Rhode Island; U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts; U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut; U.S. Court of Appeals, First and Ninth Circuits; U.S. Supreme Court

Professional Affiliations
•President, Rhode Island Bar Association - July 1997 - June 1998.
•President, New England Bar Association - October 2002 - October 2003.
•President, Defense Counsel of Rhode Island - June 2003 - June 2004.
•President, Rhode Island Bar Foundation - June 2005 - June 2011.
•fellow, Rhode Island Bar Foundation.
•fellow, American Bar Foundation.
•fellow, Litigation Counsel of America.
•fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers (State Chair).
•fellow, International Academy of Trial Lawyers (State Chair).
•fellow, International Society of Barristers (State Chair).
•fellow, National Conference of Bar Presidents.
•Member, American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)
•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, Rhode Island Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.
•Member, Federal Bar Association. Fellow: American Bar Foundation.

BornProvidence, Rhode Island, 1955

John Tarantino has been recognized by Best Lawyers of America, Chambers USA, Benchmark and LawDragon 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 work.

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.

Honors & Distinctions
•Selected by his peers for inclusion in the 2006-2015 editions of TheBest Lawyers in America in the fields of Commercial Litigation, Personal Injury, Appellate Law, Mass Tort Litigation, Product Liability Litigation, Bet-the-Company Litigationand 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 oftop 500 trial lawyers in America).
•RalphP. 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 theRhode Island Bar Association.
•Recipient, 2008 Equal Justice Award, Rhode Island Legal Services.
•ExceptionalPerformance Citation received from Defense Research Institute, 2004.
•Recipient, Boston College Law School 75th Anniversary Alumni Award, 2006.
•Named, Rhode Island Super Lawyer, 2007 - 2014, an honor that recognizes him as a leader in thelegal community.
•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.
•Selected as a local litigation star in the 2013and 2014 editions of Benchmark Litigationand Benchmark Appellate

Community & Civic Activity
•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).
•St. 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.
•Kentucky Colonels
•Member, Texas Ranger Law Enforcement Association.

•John Tarantino and Bob Brooks Named in Lawdragon
•AP & S Attorneys to Speak at RI Bar's Annual Meeting
•Lori Caron Silveira and Nicole Benjamin Ranked in 2015 Chambers and Partners USA
•John Tarantino Receives Neil J. Houston, Jr. Memorial Award
•Top Honors for AP & S Attorneys by Super Lawyers
•22 AP & S Attorneys Selected for 2015 Edition of Best Lawyers in America
•AP & S Featured on Fox Business Network
•AP & S Gets Top Ranking Among RI Firms by Chambers and Partners USA
•Benchmark Litigation Names AP & S One of Most Highly Recommended Litigation Firms in Rhode Island
•26 AP & S Attorneys Selected for 2014 Edition of Best Lawyers
•7 AP & S Attorneys Named “Lawyer of the Year” from Best Lawyers in America
•John Tarantino Winner of Two 2013 ACQ Global Awards
•John Tarantino Named to Lawdragon Magazine's Top 500 Attorney List
•AP & S Cases Named in Top 10 and Top 100 Most Important Opinions of 2012 by Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly
•John Tarantino Inducted Into The Cranston Hall of Fame
•6 AP & S Attorneys Named “Lawyer of the Year” from Best Lawyers in America
•AP & S Attorneys Selected for 2013 Edition of Best Lawyers
•John Tarantino Honored By the Federal Hill House Association
•Best Lawyers Names 5 AP & S Attorneys to 2012 Lawyers of the Year
•Finance Monthly Names AP & S Commercial Litigation Law Firm of the Year and John Tarantino Commercial Litigation Lawyer of the Year
•John Tarantino Named fellow of American Bar Foundation
•AP & S Attorneys Play Key Role at R.I. Bar Association Annual Meeting
•Top Honors for Super Lawyers Superstars at AP & S
•John Tarantino Represents R.I. Bar Association and R.I. Bar Foundation before R.I. Supreme Court
•AP & S Wins Speech in Debate Clause Case
•John Tarantino to be Honored by Rhode Island Legal Services
•New England Super Lawyers Includes 15 AP & S Attorneys
•Tarantino Named Leading Lawyer in America
•AP & S Ranked #1 in Rhode Island in Commercial Litigation by Best Lawyers In America 2008
•Tarantino to Present at Evidence Seminar
•John Tarantino Honored with Award from R.I. Bar Association
•International Society of Barristers Honors John Tarantino
•Diversity Scholarship Subject of RI Lawyers Weekly Article
•Tarantino Speaks at Insurance Coverage & Practice Symposium
•Tarantino Named to Top 500 List for a Second Time
•Tarantino & White Speak for Association of Corporate Counsel
•Tarantino Honored with Award from R.I. Bar Association
•National Premier Trial Lawyer Organization Selects Tarantino
•Tarantino Inducted Into American Board of Trial Advocates
•Victory for AP & S Client in Lead Paint Trial
•Tarantino Sits on Panel at First Circuit Judicial Conference

Case Studies
•State of Rhode Island v. Lead Industries Association, et al.

Publications & Seminars
•Author of 11 legal texts and more than 200 legal articles, columns and reviews.
•Frequent lecturer on trial techniques.

Reported CasesSignificant Matters: Johnsuccessfully defended Atlantic Richfield Company in the longest jury trial inRhode Island history, the landmark litigation brought by the attorney generalagainst the former manufacturers of lead pigment used in paint. John'sclient was the only defendant found not responsible by the jury. Onappeal, John successfully defended the verdict as well.; Johnrepresents the Governor, the Treasurer and the Employers' Retirement System inconstitutional challenges brought by various labor unions and retireeassociations to changes made to the state's general pension statute.; Inone of the most high-profile and notorious criminal investigations in recentRhode Island history, Plunder Dome, John successfully defended the formerMayor of Providence's Chief of Staff on federal bribery, corruption andconspiracy charges, obtaining a not guilty verdict on all counts.; Ina case of first impression, John successfully defended the former Rhode IslandSenate President on ethics charges. TheRhode Island Supreme Court ruled that the Rhode Island Constitution's speech indebate clause barred the Ethics Commission from charging a legislator for howhe or she participated in the legislative process and voted on legislation.; Intwo federal court trials (one in Rhode Island and one in Massachusetts), Johndefended a gaming facility on charges of honest services mail andwire fraud and conspiracy.; Johndefended a national utility company on federal charges of violation ofenvironmental laws relating to the storage of liquid mercury and mercury sealedregulators.; Ina case of first impression, John convinced the Rhode Island Supreme Court thatthe so-called pollution exclusion does not bar coverage for policyholders unless the policy holder intended to cause pollution and environmentaldamage to its property.; Johnsuccessfully defended a municipality on wrongful death claims brought againstit by the widow and children of a police officer who was killed by a fellowpolice officer in a SWAT team hostage-taking exercise. He was able to obtain summary judgmentagainst the municipality's insurance carrier, which had denied coverage for theclaim, and also defended the municipality on the underlying merits case.; John has obtainedseveral multi-million dollar judgments for an international finance companyagainst various borrowers and guarantors in the areas of hotel andentertainment financing, resort financing, mobile home financing, manufacturedhome financing, and equipment financing, and has defended numerous claimsalleging lender liability, breach of good faith and fair dealing, and breach ofconsumer protection laws.; John successfullydefended the mayor of the Town of North Providence in an ethics investigationconcerning the alleged awarding of no-bid town construction contracts to abusiness associate. After investigationby the Ethics Commission, John filed a motion to dismiss, and followinghearing, the Ethics Commission determined that there was no probable cause toconclude that a violation of the Code of Ethics occurred.; In a case offirst impression, John defended a Chinese pharmaceutical company in amulti-jurisdictional criminal case, Operation Raw Deal, which focused oncharges that the Chinese pharmaceutical company had engaged in a variety ofcriminal actions, including the illegal importation and distribution of humangrowth hormone. The Chinesepharmaceutical company was named in the Major League Baseball investigativeMitchell Report as the alleged supplier of hGH products that had been usedimproperly by a variety of present and former Major League Baseball players.; John successfullydefended a well-known plaintiffs' personal injury lawyer and his firm, whoadvertise nationally, against charges of unauthorized practice of law andethics violations and obtained a favorable ruling from the Rhode Island SupremeCourt that the law firm could register to do business in the State of RhodeIsland and provide services to clients there.; John defended amajor chemical company at trial and on appeal on claims that an herbicide thatit manufactured cause cancer. In thecourse of the representation, the Rhode Island Supreme Court adopted the Daubert standard for the admission ofexpert and scientific evidence in Rhode Island courts.; John has defendeda number of clients in class action and multi-district litigation, includingclaims of securities violations, ERISA violations, lender liability, defectiveproducts, defective pharmaceuticals, and medical devices.; John is defendinga major health care insurer on antitrust charges brought by an out of statehospital claiming the insurer violated antitrust laws by keeping the hospitalfrom purchasing a Rhode Island hospital and establishing a network here.

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John A. Tarantino

One Citizens Plaza, 8th Floor
ProvidenceRI 02903-1345


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