John Pirra brings years of experience to Costello Legal from advising clients in a wide variety of legal and business matters in both federal and state courts throughout the United States. John has represented national and international companies in matters ranging from complex construction and commercial litigation to employment law concerns and white collar criminal investigations. John has also been a member of the national litigation coordinating legal counsel for a prominent Fortune 500 company where he coordinated and directed local litigation counsel around the country.
Through John’s extensive experience working closely with corporate management he knows the value in approaching litigation from a top-down problem-solving perspective. John knows the importance in balancing cost vs results and that the particular needs of each client must be taken into account. In litigation it is important to remember that broader issues that often have larger ramifications, such as the macro impact litigation could have on a client’s business. Although John is considered a formidable litigator, he is often appreciated for his ability to keep his clients out of court wherever possible.
Legal & Business Experience
John has extensive experience assisting his clients in navigating labor & employment law regulations and has counseled clients in issues ranging from white collar criminal investigations, patent infringement, medical malpractice, to toxic torts alleging asbestos exposure. John has also defended numerous premises liability claims for local and national retailers, as well as the defense of catastrophic claims involving trucking/transportation, construction, product liability and insurance coverage disputes.
John has been lead attorney on more than a dozen jury trials, approximately 150 Illinois mandatory arbitrations, numerous AAA binding arbitrations, and negotiated hundreds of settlements ranging from small claims property damage to complex bodily injury cases, as well as structured commercial litigation settlements.
Memberships and Associations
John is licensed to practice in Illinois and is a member of the general bar for the Northern District of Illinois. John is also a member of the Chicago Bar Association, the Illinois Bar Association, and the American Bar Association.