John F. Parker

John F. Parker



Practice Groups

John Parker, leader of the firm’s Environmental Practice Group, defends clients across the country in complex environmental and toxic tort matters. In particular, he litigates civil and administrative environmental matters such as cost recovery actions, citizen suits, and enforcement proceedings relating to site contaminations, spills, and remediations involving underground storage tanks, PCBs, and the fuel additive MTBE. With extensive toxic tort experience, handling matters pertaining to chemical exposures, lead paint poisoning, mold, asbestos, benzene, beryllium, repetitive stress injury, and more, John’s finely honed legal counsel offers clients remarkable insight into how best to defend complex, high-exposure liability claims. John also has more than 25 years’ experience serving the legal needs and defending the interests of product manufacturers, general contractors, and others on issues of liability and damages in state and federal courts around the country.

John acts as counsel for owners, construction managers, contractors, subcontractors, and architects and engineers on large-scale construction projects and advises on contractual and insurance matters and issues pertaining to labor law. John’s varied practice includes work in the pharmaceutical arena, where he assists major pharmaceutical companies and medical device manufacturers in product liability actions, asset purchase agreements/joint development agreements, and the interpretation of FDA regulatory provisions. He also defends premises liability and security-related matters on behalf of hoteliers and restaurant chains, and represents local and national motor carriers/truck insurers in matters involving personal injury and wrongful death.

Along with George H. Buermann, he is co-editor of the Goldberg Segalla Environmental Law Monitor.

Representative Matters
  • Defending a Fortune 500 company — whose subsidiary designed and manufactured the USTs, piping, and leak detection system under a large commercial shopping center — in a petroleum discharge matter involving damage to the environment, real property, and the surrounding community
  • Defending a regional remediation company in a claim involving New York Navigation Law cause of action pertaining to exacerbation of oil contamination during cleanup and remedial operations
  • Defending a gasoline station/property owner against allegations of groundwater contamination in New York municipality's water supply
  • Representing numerous property owners/managers, product manufacturers/distributors, and remediation companies in actions concerning lead exposure to children, adults, and surrounding neighborhoods
  • Acting as counsel to environmental testing professionals at Nassau Coliseum in matters involving alleged airborne chemical exposure
  • Represent multinational chemical company in a train derailment investigation in Wisconsin wherein the local water supply was threatened
  • Represent the interests of a well-drilling company in Oklahoma involving a pipeline leak into a nearby water source
  • Representing the manufacturer of machines involved in dry cleaning in a matter involving allegations of defective design pertaining to causal link between exposure to dry-cleaning solvent PERC and alleged disease
  • Acting as counsel for an international engineering and environmental consulting firm facing multi-million dollar exposure due to a building collapse
  • Acting as national coordinating counsel responsible for the strategy and oversight of hundreds of matters throughout the country concerning mass tort, product liability, and environmental claims
  • Acting as counsel for a component provider of an allegedly defective boiler, which purportedly caused a carbon monoxide leak that resulted in the wrongful deaths of three individuals
  • Defending an electrical contractor in a dispute arising from the explosion of a high-voltage cable system at a power generation facility in Connecticut, which resulted in property damages; claims included negligence, breach of contract, breach of warranty, and the Connecticut Unfair Trade Practices Act
  • Coordinating product litigation for a heavy machinery manufacturer
  • Representing a large construction entity with city-wide contracts that routinely faces a high volume of labor law and premises liability exposure
  • Defending a pharmaceutical company and its subsidiary in federal litigation and arbitration against claims of breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, fraudulent misrepresentation, and equitable claims arising out of a joint venture relationship. After a merger between the pharmaceutical company and its newly owned subsidiary, the plaintiff company asserted claims for multiple millions of dollars in exposure based on the acquisition of the subsidiary and purported ownership interest in a drug developed by the joint venture
  • Representing a pharmaceutical company in qui tam action under the False Claims Act, the Medicare and Medicaid Patient Protection Act, anti-kickback statutes, and various state laws
  • Representing a pharmaceutical company in an action against a former employee and a competing manufacturer for theft of trade secrets, computer fraud, breach of contract, and breach of fiduciary duty
Professional Affiliations
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Claims & Litigation Management Alliance
Admitted to Practice
  • New York 
  • New Jersey 
  • U.S. District Courts for the Eastern, Southern, and Western Districts of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey
Community Involvement 
  • Pinkfest: Co-Founder and Member, Board of Directors
  • Cancer and Careers: Member, Advisory Board
  • Downtown Little League and Downtown Soccer League: Coach 
  • Fordham University School of Law, J.D., 1989
  • State University of New York at Albany, B.A., summa cum laude, 1985
  • Co-Presenter, "Environmental Cost Recovery Actions: Keys to Success and  Pitfalls to Avoid," Perrin Conference Webinar, August 2, 2017
  • Co-Presenter, "Environmental Cost Recovery and Spill Litigation: Keys to Success and Pitfalls to Avoid," Goldberg Segalla Toxic Torts and Environmental Law Seminar, May 23, 2017
  • Co-Presenter, "Federal and State Environmental Regulatory Procedures," Goldberg Segalla Toxic Torts and Environmental Law Seminar, May 23, 2017
  • Co-Author, "Up in the Air: The Evaporating Confidence of New York Property Owners," New York Law Journal, May 5, 2017
  • Presenter, "Environmental Cost Recovery Actions – Keys to Success and Pitfalls to Avoid," Toxic Tort and Environmental Law Webinar Series, April 21, 2017
  • Presenter, "Allocating CERCLA Liability," Toxic Tort and Environmental Law Webinar Series, April 21, 2017
  • Presenter, "Emerging Trends in Environmental Cost Recovery Actions," Virginia Insurance Seminar, Richmond, VA, December 7, 2016
  • Presenter, "Tips for Success and Pitfalls to Avoid in Environmental Cost Recovery Actions," Virginia Insurance Seminar, Richmond, VA, December 7, 2016
  • Presenter, “Environmental Spill Litigation in New York and New Jersey,” Virginia Insurance Seminar, Richmond, VA, December 7, 2016
  • Presenter, “EPA — Impacts Arising out of the Clean Water Act, The Clean Water Rule, and The Potential Ripple Effect From the Chesapeake Bay TMDL,” Toxic Tort/Environmental Scouting Report Seminar, Chicago, IL, October 18, 2016
  • Presenter, "Hydraulic Fracturing – Emerging Regulatory & Litigation Issues and Trends,” Toxic Tort/Environmental Scouting Report Seminar, Chicago, IL, October 18, 2016
  • Presenter, "Emerging Environmental Risks," Palm Beach, FL, October 12, 2016