John A. Stone

John A. Stone: Attorney with DeCotiis, FitzPatrick, Cole & Giblin, LLP
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John Stone is a partner in the Teaneck and New York City offices of DeCotiis. He joined the firm as a partner in 2008 and is a member of the Litigation and Construction practice groups. Mr. Stone's practice focuses on complex business and commercial matters, including trade secret and intellectual property litigation, unfair competition and tortious interference claims, insurance coverage cases, construction disputes, and financial litigation and intra-company disputes, as well as Constitutional claims and Section 1983 cases. Mr. Stone also has a substantial Chancery Court practice, successfully litigating a broad array of claims for injunctive and other equitable remedies in both New Jersey and New York's Supreme Court, Commercial Division. He has tried lender liability, tortious interference, fraudulent conveyance, and oppressed shareholder cases. Mr. Stone has litigated complex commercial and financial matters including prosecuting "put-back" litigation based on fraud, breach of contract and warranty, and failure-to-cure claims arising from multi-million dollar sales of mortgage "pools", pursuant to a Master Purchase and Sale Agreement which governed a Real Estate Mortgage Investment Conduit, and litigated high-end collection and commercial consumer fraud cases and bankruptcy issues. Mr. Stone has also litigated construction delay, negligent design, breach of warranty, breach of contract and wrongful or exaggerated lien claims concerning highway bridge repairs, sewage treatment plant and commercial office buildings. Mr. Stone also litigated complex insurance cases including a dispute between parties claiming an exclusive insurable interest and resulting right to recover fire insurance proceeds, and against insurance companies regarding replacement value of a multi-unit apartment building, and defending claims against risk retention groups based on federal and state risk retention group and insurance statutes. Mr. Stone also devised and prosecuted an unconventional and winning undue influence claim for insurance proceeds based on an enabler-beneficiary's control over alcoholic-decedent, and forensic psychiatric analysis, despite decedent's lucidity when naming his beneficiary. Mr. Stone is the author or co-author of three published articles, Managing Discovery to Prevent Fishing Expeditions in Trade Secret Litigation, New Jersey Lawyer Magazine, June 2009/No. 258, Sub-Prime Market Crisis Challenges Fiduciaries to Account to Investors; Court Alters Landscape in Which Fiduciaries Operate, New Jersey Law Journal, June 23, 2008 and Attorneys Fees for the Surety When Surety and Principal Retain Separate Counsel, New Jersey Insurance Law & Regulation Reporter, Volume 3, No. 2, March 1993.

(Also at New York, New York Office)

Areas of Practice (13)

  • Complex Commercial Litigation
  • Intellectual Property Litigation and Transactions
  • Lender Liability Litigation
  • Real Estate Litigation
  • Construction Law
  • Insurance Coverage Litigation
  • Employment Litigation
  • Securities Litigation
  • Election Law
  • Constitutional Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Products Liability
  • Personal Injury

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
201-928-1100  Phone
201-928-0588  Fax
University Attended:
Franklin & Marshall College, B.A., 1982
Law School Attended:
University of Richmond School of Law, J.D., 1985
Year of First Admission:
1985, New Jersey; 1985, U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey; 1987, New York; 1987, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York; 1987, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York; U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
New Jersey State, American and International Bar Associations; The New Jersey Environmental Federation.
Birth Information:
Newark, New Jersey, May 18, 1960
Reported Cases:
Bailey v. Palladino, 2006 WL 2068136 (App. Div. 2006); Bullock v. Dressel, 435 F.3d 294 (3rd Cir. 2006); Cacciatorre v. County of Bergen, 2005 WL 3588489 (D.N.J. 2005); Schundler v. Donovan, 183 N.J. 383 (2005); Schundler v. Donovan, 377 N.J. Super. 339 (App. Div. 2005); Rella v. North Atlantic Marine, Ltd., 2004 WL 2480409 (S.D.N.Y. Nov. 3, 2004); Rella v. North Atlantic Marine, Ltd., 2004 WL 1418021, 53 UCC Rep. Serv.2d 806 (S.D.N.Y. Jun. 23, 2004); State v. Township of Lyndhurst, 278 N.J. Super. 192 (Ch.Div. 1994); Petition of Shearson Lehman Bros. Inc., 594 N.Y.S. 2d 593 (S. Ct. New York County 1993); In Re Rosen, 151 B.R. 648 (Bkrtcy. E.D.N.Y., 1993); Waldorf v. Shuta, 96 F.2d 723 (3rd Cir. 1990); I.C.C. Industries Inc. v. GATX Terminals Corporation, 690 F. Supp. 1282 (S.D.N.Y. 1988).

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