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.

Land Use Law

When zoning and land use roadblocks stand in the way of your objectives for a real estate investment or development project, our attorneys have the knowledge and experience necessary to move you forward.

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