John Jablonski is a partner of the firm and a recognized authority in the highly specialized field of railroad law. John is the former Northeast Region Vice President of the National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel (NARTC), a member of its Environmental Law Committee, and Chairman of the NARTC’s National E-Discovery Committee. In addition to his railroad and transportation litigation experience, his practice includes environmental, commercial and business litigation, construction litigation, and product liability litigation. He has extensive experience defending large companies in toxic exposure and traumatic injuries. He has 17 years of litigation experience and has tried numerous cases to verdict in State and Federal Courts. He has successfully briefed and argued appeals to the Appellate Division, Fourth Department.

John consults with clients and attorneys within the firm on electronic discovery issues and legal holds. He is currently the Chairman of USLAW Network's Electronic Discovery Practice Group.  USLAW Network is a national organization composed of over 100 independent member firms in 48 states with over 6,000 attorneys. The Network is comprised of AV-rated law firms throughout the United States which become part of the Network by invitation only. John is also the Chairman of the NARTC's National E-Discovery Committee. He is a frequent presenter and author on electronic discovery, electronic evidence investigation and preservation, best practices for corporate legal hold guidelines, and implementation of legal holds.

John graduated from the State University of New York at Buffalo Law School and is admitted to the New York State Bar. He is also admitted to the U.S. District Courts for the Western, Northern, and Eastern Districts of New York, as well as the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of New York. He is an active member of the New York State Bar Association's Civil Practice Law and Rules Committee, and is a member of the National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel (NARTC), Defense Research Institute (DRI), and the American, New York State, and Erie County Bar Associations. John has presented to DRI, the NARTC, the Association of American Railroads and other national audiences. He is the author of various presentation materials on civil litigation.

Professional Affiliations
  • Defense Research Institute: Chair, E-Discovery Committee
  • Lawyers for Civil Justice, Member
  • ARMA International: Past-President, Western New York Chapter 
  • Associate Member, Risk and Insurance Management Society, Inc. 
  • New York State Bar Association: Committee on Civil Practice Law and Rules; Commercial and Federal Litigation Section; Torts, Insurance and Compensation Law Section
  • National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel, North East Region Vice President 2012; Member, Environmental Law Committee
Honors
  • Best Lawyers in America 2013–2014 (Railroad Law)
  • Business First’s Who’s Who in Law 
  • Upstate New York Super Lawyers (Business Litigation)
  • Alfred W. Cortese, Jr. Award from Lawyers for Civil Justice
Admitted to Practice
  • New York
  • U.S. District Courts for the Western, Eastern, and Northern Districts of New York
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
Civic Activities
  • University at Buffalo Law Alumni Board of Directors
Education
  • State University of New York at Buffalo Law School, J.D., 1993 (Environmental Law Journal)
  • Canisius College, ROTC Commission U.S. Army Reserve, 1989
  • State University of New York College at Buffalo, B.S., 1989
Publications/Presentations
  • Featured in “Conversations With … The Honorable Dick Thornburgh, Rebecca Love Kourlis, and John J. Jablonski” on proposed FRCP amendments, Washington Legal Foundation, Winter 2014
  • Presenter, “Sustainable Ethics — Compliance and Reporting in Environmental Matters,” WESFACCA Annual Ethics CLE, New Castle, NY, October 24, 2013
  • Quoted in “Repercussions of a Data Breach Can Be Disastrous,” Buffalo Law Journal, July 15, 2013
  • Co-Editor, Arkfield’s Best Practices Guide for Legal Hold, 2012-2013 Edition, Law Partner Publishing and LexisNexis
  • Co-Author, “Avoiding or Reducing Environmental Enforcement Headaches,” USLAW Magazine, Spring/Summer 2013
  • Quoted in “The Big Data Opportunity and Challenge for Law Firms,” Biztech, April 23, 2013
  • Presenter, “Internet and E-Mail: Admissibility Issues of Electronic Evidence at Trial Explored,” Knowledge Congress Legal Series Webinar, March 19, 2013
  • Co-Author, “Let the (Hoster and Poster) Beware,”DRI Today, November 30, 2012
  • Quoted in “Cheat Sheet: What Chin v. Port Authority Means for In-House Counsel,”InsideCounsel, October 9, 2012
  • Quoted in “Defending Big Data,”Law Technology News, October 2012
  • Cited in “A Roadmap to Litigation Readiness: RIM Staff Help Navigate the Way,”Information Management, September/October 2012
  • Presenter, "Litigation Holds: How to Properly Respond to and Issue a Notice to Preserve," National Constitution Center Webinar, September 5, 2012
  • Co-Presenter, "Legal Holds - Trends and Directions,"  USLAW Webinar, August 2012
  • Contributor, Shale Watch Blog - A Review of the Legal Developments Arising Out of Hydraulic Fracturing: http://shalewatchblog.com
  • Author, “Second Circuit Rejects Key Litigation Hold Standard,”Law Technology News, July 16, 2012
  • Quoted in “Remote, Coast to Coast,”Law Technology News, June 2012
  • Co-Author, “Controlling E-Discovery: Drafting an Effective Records-Management Policy,” DRI’s For the Defense, February 2012
  • Author, “Raising the Bar on Proportionality?” in Preservation and Proportionality: Perspectives on Lowering the Burden of Preserving Data in Civil Litigation, Legal Hold Pro Signature Series White Papers, November 2011
  • Author, “Why Law Firms Should Lock Down Their Mobile Devices,” Law Technology News, October 2011
  • Author, “Lessons from the Frontlines,” E-Discovery Team, February 15, 2011
  • Co-Presenter, "Are Written Litigation Holds Required to Avoid Sanctions in Federal Court?" DRI Electronic Discovery Committee Webcast, April 2010
  • Author, "If You Hold On for One More Daaaay," Corporate Counsel Magazine, February 2010
  • Quoted in, "Sidekick outage lawsuits now up in air," Seatle Post-Intelligencer, October 16, 2009
  • Presenter, "Avoiding ESI Pitfalls: Legal Holds, Information Management and Other Trends," Philadelphia Area Society for Healthcare Risk Management (PASHRM), September, 2009