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John R. Cahill


John R. Cahill is a litigator and transactional lawyer with a traditional commercial practice as well as special areas of focus:
art law, employment, and intellectual property. John handles a broad range of complex commercial litigation and transactions for businesses and individuals, including matters arising out of contracts, intellectual property, insurance, and many other business matters. He successfully represents clients in state and federal trial and appellate courts, as well as in leading arbitration venues such as the AAA and the NASD. Look here for more details about the firm's litigation practice.

John is also known for his representation of those in the art world, including leading collectors, art dealers, advisors, appraisers, galleries, lenders, nonprofits, estates, and auction houses. For a number of years, he served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel of the fine art auction house now known as Phillips, de Pury & Company. With considerable experience representing those in disputes arising out of claims to the title and the authenticity of art work, Mr. Cahill provides both representation in lawsuits and counseling to businesses, nonprofits, and individuals engaged in the sale, acquisition, lending, insuring, copyrighting, and financing of fine and decorative art. John is a member of the Art Law Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and frequently writes and lectures about art-related matters. Look here for more details about the firm's art practice.

John has also handled a wide variety of employment matters for both employers and employees. While this often involves negotiating employment and separation agreements, John is experienced in employment litigation and is frequently called upon to handle an emergency application for an employment-related temporary restraining order and to try employment claims in court or in arbitrations. Look here for more details about the firm's employment practice.

John received his law degree from the University of Michigan Law School in 1987 and graduated from Harpur College, Binghamton University. John started his practice with the leading international law firm now known as Torys and, in addition to his in-house position at Phillips, was a partner at Berger Stern & Webb LLP and, most recently, counsel to Friedman Kaplan Seiler & Adelman LLP. He is admitted to practice before the courts of the State of New York, Southern District of New York, the Eastern District of New York, and the 10th Circuit.