John M. Agnello

John M. Agnello

John Agnello has provided outcome-oriented, budget-conscious advice and counseling to a wide variety of clients throughout his career. John has extensive experience representing clients in complex commercial litigation involving environmental laws/regulations, insurance law, insurance coverage, ERISA and related regulations, business torts, labor and employment law, construction and surety law, shareholder disputes, and other high-stakes issues. He has won multimillion-dollar judgments in jury and bench trials and successfully argued appeals in both federal and state courts.

John is a problem solver with over 35 years of experience, focusing on clients’ short-term and long-term interests and goals. John creatively marshals the facts, the law, and the process to achieve client-protective solutions and outcomes.

John’s clients include multi-national Fortune 100 and 500 companies, as well as an assortment of publicly and privately held industrial, manufacturing, and distribution companies, ERISA, pension and welfare funds, and municipal government entities.

A member of the firm’s Executive Committee, John served as a Trustee of the National Retirement Fund (a $2 Billion Taft-Hartley pension fund) and its predecessors from 1990 through 2018. He has also served as a member of the District of New Jersey Federal Magistrate Merit Selection Panel and as a guest lecturer at Seton Hall Law School. John has been appointed as a Receiver in complex cases by both federal and state courts.

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey State Bar
  • New York State Bar

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Association of the Federal Bar of the State of New Jersey
  • Essex County Bar Association
  • Bergen County Bar Association
  • New Jersey State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association

Practice Areas



Practice Areas

Wills & Estates

Our attorneys understands how critical it is that business owners prepare for retirement or unforeseen circumstances in a way that provides for their financial well-being and the continuity of their companies.


When disputes arise, our seasoned litigators provide exceptional advocacy grounded in holistic strategies designed to achieve each client’s overall business, financial, and personal goals.

Labor Law

Whether before a hearing board, in the courtroom, or at the negotiating table, our labor lawyers leverage their considerable advocacy and negotiating skills to advance and protect our clients’ interests.

About us

Student Mental Health and Social Media

Partner Michael Innes wrote an article titled “Why New Jersey school districts are filing lawsuits against social media companies, which is featured in the New Jersey School Board Association Reader Forum: Student Mental Health and Social Media.

Chrysler Owners Win Cert. Of 6M Class In Takata Airbag MDL

A judge has certified a class of roughly 6 million Fiat Chrysler vehicle owners who assert fraud claims against FCA US in sprawling multidistrict litigation accusing automakers of hiding the risks associated with allegedly explosive Takata airbags.
The 74

Carella Byrne’s Michael Innes Featured in Recent The 74 Article

Innes was featured in recent article titled Teen Mental Health Crisis Pushes More School Districts to Sue Social Media Giants. “The harms caused by social media companies have impacted the districts’ ability to carry out their core mission of providing education.”

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