Mr. Passarelli is a partner in the Omaha office of Kutak Rock. His practice concentrates on complex commercial litigation, at both the trial and appellate levels, with an emphasis on cases involving antitrust, intellectual property and information technology. Mr. Passarelli's commercial litigation practice is national in scope. He has tried bench and jury trials in federal and state courts throughout the United States, including complex commercial cases tried in Alabama, California, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota, Ohio, South Dakota and Virginia, in addition to the state of Nebraska where he resides.
In addition to his commercial litigation practice, Mr. Passarelli frequently advises directors and senior management on issues involving antitrust, intellectual property and technology and has been doing so for over 30 years. His experience includes counseling Fortune 500 companies concerning the adoption and execution of antitrust compliance programs, programs concerning the acquisition and maintenance of intellectual property assets and programs relating to electronic transactions and records.
Mr. Passarelli also has extensive appellate court experience having participated in appeals before the Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Seventh, Eighth, Ninth and Federal Circuit Courts of Appeals. He served as appellate counsel in an antitrust case that was argued before the United States Supreme Court in November of 2005. He also has handled appeals before state appellate courts.
Mr. Passarelli has achieved the highest ratings from his peers for quality of legal work, professionalism, ethics and trial experience. He is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and has received an AV rating by Martindale-Hubbell . He was selected by members of the legal community for inclusion in The Best Lawyers of America for the past several years. Mr. Passarelli has received recognition for several years in Chambers U.S.A: America's Leading Lawyers for Business and was recognized by Super Lawyers which represents the elite of the practicing attorneys in the Midwest.
He has been recognized as one of Nebraska's top commercial trial lawyers by Benchmark published by Institutional Investor as a Guide to America's Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys.
Mr. Passarelli has also been recognized as a fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America. The Litigation Counsel of America is a trial lawyer honorary society established to reflect the new face of the American Bar. Membership is very limited, representing less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers and is by invitation only. Membership includes placement of a maximum of 3,500 Fellows who are selected and invited into fellowship after being evaluated on effectiveness and accomplishment in commercial litigation, along with ethical reputation. Mr. Passarelli is a member of the Advisory Board of Litigation Counsel of America.
Mr. Passarelli has lectured, published articles and has acted as an expert in the fields of antitrust, intellectual property and commercial litigation.
September 2, 2014 Kutak Rock Successfully Defends Farmer Against Bribery Allegations
Kutak Rock attorneys John Passarelli and Samuel Blatnick recently received a complete defense verdict in favor of their client in a highly scrutinized jury trial, securing for the client an award of more than $576,000 as a result of fraudulent misrepresentations and broken contracts.
August 18, 2014 2015 Best Lawyers in America Recognizes 56 Kutak Rock Attorneys
Kutak Rock is pleased to announce that 56 of its attorneys are included in the 21st edition of The Best Lawyers in America publication.
May 23, 2014 Kutak Rock Recognized by Chambers USA
Kutak Rock is pleased to announce its Arkansas, Kansas and Nebraska offices and attorneys are honored in the 2014 Chambers USA guide to the best law firms and lawyers.
August 28, 2013 Eight Named to Best Lawyer Lawyer of the Year List
Eight Kutak Rock attorneys have been named Lawyer of the Year in their respective regions and practice areas in the newly released Best Lawyers 2014 (Copyright 2013 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, S.C.).
August 15, 2013 Record Number of Kutak Rock Attorneys Named Best Lawyers Forty-seven Kutak Rock attorneys reprenting 10 of the firm's 16 offices have been listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2014.
September 7, 2012 Best Lawyers Increase by 50% to 45 attorneys Forty-five Kutak Rock lawyers were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2013.
July 31, 2012 Benchmark Litigation Recognizes Seven Attorneys
Kutak Rock and seven of our attorneys are recognized in the latest edition of Benchmark Litigation.
November 17, 2011 Benchmark Litigation Recognizes Seven Omaha Attorneys
Seven attorneys in Kutak Rock LLP's Omaha office are named in the latest annual edition of Benchmark Litigation, a guide to America's leading firms and attorneys.
October 4, 2011 Six Named Lawyer Of The Year
Best Lawyers, one of the oldest and most respected peer-review publications in the legal profession, has named six Kutak Rock attorneys as Lawyers of the Year for 2012.
August 30, 2011 29 Kutak Rock Attorneys Are 'Best Lawyers'
Twenty-nine Kutak Rock lawyers have been selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2012 (Copyright 2011 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, S.C.).
April 5, 2012 Intellectual Property CLE
April 8, 2011 Intellectual Property CLE