John V. Mallon chairs the firm's defense department, leading a group of 15 attorneys handling matters related to automobile, premises liability and insurance coverage disputes.  He has prepared hundreds of cases for trial in both the state and federal courts and has tried more than 80 to verdict.  In recognition of his extensive trial experience, he has been certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Civil Trial Attorney since 2001.  In a rigorous selection process conducted by Law Politics and published in New Jersey Monthly Magazine, John has been designated as a Super Lawyer® in the area of insurance coverage every year since 2009.  Most recently, Martindale-Hubbell awarded its highest peer review rating to John for ethical standards and legal ability.  A Martindale-Hubbell AV rating is a significant accomplishment — a testament to the fact that a lawyer's peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence.  Recently, Best Lawyers in America® 2017 selected John in the area of Insurance Law.  The selection of attorneys for inclusion in Best Lawyers is based on a comprehensive annual peer-review survey in which leading attorneys cast their votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas. In 2016 the Hudson County Bar Association named John Civil Lawyer of the Year.
John has also defended numerous appeals on behalf of his clients.  In Buono v. Scalia, he successfully argued the doctrine of parental immunity before the New Jersey Supreme Court. In a matter of first impression, he persuaded New Jersey’s highest court that a parent’s determination to allow a child to ride his bicycle within the confines of a neighborhood block party was a valid exercise of parental decision-making, providing immunity from a negligent supervision claim.
John has served as a continuing legal education speaker to the legal community.  He has lectured for the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education, the New Jersey Defense Association and the American Association for Justice.
A graduate of the University of Scranton in 1988, John earned a bachelor's degree cum laude.  He received his juris doctor degree from Rutgers University School of Law in 1994.  John began his career with Allstate Insurance Company in 1988, gaining vast experience in a wide array of insurance related areas.  He was later appointed as a trial counsel for Allstate’s legal department before joining Chasan Lamparello Mallon & Cappuzzo, PC in 1997.  He became a principal with the firm in January 2001.

A member of the New Jersey State Bar Association, John served as Chair of the Insurance Defense Committee from 2012 to 2014.  He is a member of the Hudson County Bar Association, serving as co-chair of the Civil Arbitration Selection Committee.  He is also a member of the New Jersey Defense Association, serving as the Northern Vice President since 2013.
In addition to his professional responsibilities, John currently serves as a member of his local zoning board.  He has previously coached in a youth Instructional Soccer League, Little League Baseball/Softball.  He has been involved with the Boy Scouts of America for a number of years.  As a scout he achieved the Eagle rank.  He has served as an Assistant Cubmaster and Den Leader, and currently is an Assistant Scoutmaster with his son’s Boy Scout troop.


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