JOHN D. ZAREMBA is a founding member of Zaremba Brown PLLC.
Mr. Zaremba is a litigator who limits his practice to cases arising from construction accidents, catastrophic personal injury, consumer class action cases, trucking accidents, and medical malpractice. Mr. Zaremba has been recognized by his peers with his selection to Super Lawyers, has been featured multiple times in New York Magazine’s annual list of Top Personal Injury Litigators, as well as the New York Law Journal’s section on “Top Verdicts and Settlements” for each of the past six years, and has also been featured in the New Jersey Law Journal’s section for the top verdicts and settlements. Mr. Zaremba has been selected as one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in the State of New York by the National Trial Lawyers Organization, and selected for the National Trial Lawyers Top 40 under 40. Mr. Zaremba is also an elected Officer of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association, holding the position of Parliamentarian. Mr. Zaremba teaches the litigation of construction site accidents, chairing a CLE course for the NYSTLI and is also a published author, having had articles featured in the New York Law Journal and the Legal Intelligencer. Mr. Zaremba has also sat on the Court of Appeals Judicial Screening Panel for the New York State Trial Lawyers Association.
Some of Mr. Zaremba’s representative matters include:
- $23,394,775.00 settlement as co-lead plaintiff’s counsel in a multi-district consumer fraud action.
- $8,943,143 settlement in a complex medical malpractice case with where the defendants’ negligence led to our client’s wrongful death.
- $4,620,000 settlement for a union laborer who was injured when he fell through an unsecured portion of a roof under demolition. Plaintiff suffered injuries to his neck and knee and was unable to return to construction work. This case settled at mediation prior to motion practice and the settlement ensures plaintiff and his family will be financially secure as he recovers from his injuries.
- $4,500,000 settlement for the victims of a tractor-trailer accident. This hotly contested interstate trucking case was settled at mediation after a protracted litigation in Federal Court. Prior to the mediation, the defendants had made no settlement offer whatsoever and adamantly denied all financial responsibility based on “insurance coverage” and “choice of law” arguments. The tragic accident from which this case arose was prominently featured in both the national and local media at the time of the occurrence.
- $3,900,000 for a union laborer who injured her neck when she was struck with a swinging load.
- $3,900,000 for a construction worker who fell from a scaffold and suffered heel and back injuries.
- $3,800,000 settlement for a union carpenter who sustained a knee injury when he slipped on a ramp. This case settled just days before Trial and the settlement was structured in such a way so as to provide for our client and his family for life.
- $3,650,000 settlement for a union laborer who was struck with a falling object and sustained neck and shoulder injuries. The plaintiff was struck when his coworkers failed to secure demolition debris.
- $3,650,000 settlement for a union worker. Our client was a Port Authority police officer who was injured when he slipped and fell at a construction site and suffered an injury to his neck.
- $3,640,000 for a Union Construction Worker. Our client was a Union Construction Worker who was injured when a scaffold frame collapsed onto him. Our client suffered a neck injury and had post-concussion syndrome. This matter settled at mediation.
- $3,500,000 for a union plasterer who fell from a temporary staircase when a railing gave way.
- $3,500,000 for a client who suffered serious spinal cord injuries leading to partial tetraplegia after a tractor trailer accident.
- $3,250,000 for a Union Construction Worker. Plaintiff suffered a fractured ankle when he fell from a ladder. Plaintiff won summary judgment in the Appellate Division for the 1st Department, and this case settled in the midst of a lengthy Trial in Bronx County Supreme Court.
- $3,200,000 for a union laborer who tripped and fell in a passageway and injured his back.
- $3,200,000 settlement for a 59 year old union plasterer who fell from a scaffold and sustained injuries to his lower back. This case settled after we successfully won a summary judgment motion in Supreme Court and were awaiting a damages only trial.
- $3,113,900 settlement for a union plasterer who sustained neck and back injuries when he fell from a ladder. The case settled during trial and included a full waiver of the plaintiff’s workers compensation lien.
- $3,000,000 settlement for a 56 year old construction worker who fell from a ladder which was placed on top of a baker scaffold. Plaintiff sustained injuries to his lower back and neck. Defendant’s claimed that the injuries were preexisting and degenerative in nature. This case settled at mediation at the close of discovery.
- $2,500,000 for a union laborer who was injured when he fell from a height. Our 54 year old client sustained a back injury and was forced to retire early as a result. This case settled while our motion for summary judgment was pending.
- $2,400,000 for a union construction worker who sustained back and neck injuries.
- $2,400,000 for a union construction worker. Plaintiff was a 61-year-old Local 28 sheet metal worker that fell off a ladder while reaching over his head. Plaintiff sustained neck, elbow and shoulder injuries and could not return to work.
- $2,400,000 for a construction worker who sustained a leg injury in a wall collapse
- $2,200,000 settlement for a union construction worker who fell from a ladder and had a lower back injury.
- $2,025,000 for a union worker who sustained a fractured leg. This recovery came despite the defendant having just $1,000,000 in insurance coverage.
- $2,000,000 for a 63 year old construction worker who sustained a back injury.
- $2,000,000 settlement for a union laborer who was injured when he was stuck by a falling object and sustained a neck injury. This case settled whole summary judgment motions were pending.
- $1,3750,000 settlement for a Union Laborer who injured his knees and shoulder when he was struck by a falling object.
- $1,200,000 settlement for a brick layer who was injured when he tripped and fell on construction debris and sustained a shoulder injury.
- Obtaining a confidential settlement of more than $1,000,000 total value for a construction worker struck by a man-lift during a quality inspection.
- Obtaining a confidential settlement of more than $1,000,000 total value for a Catholic Priest injured in an interstate trucking accident.
- Successfully representing the family of a prominent local news reporter who was struck and killed in a tragic automobile accident. The parties reached a large, confidential settlement for an amount equal to all available insurance limits.
- Obtaining a large, confidential settlement on behalf of an injured plaintiff who slipped, fell, and fractured her spine resulting in multiple fusion surgeries. The settlement was sufficient to care for our client and her family for life.
- Obtaining a large, confidential settlement on behalf of a client who contracted a deadly infectious disease as a result of the negligence of his healthcare provider.
- ‘O’Brien’ Reaffirms Decades of Law Protecting Workers – New York Law Journal
- Pre-Mediation Discussions Maximize Chances of Successful Settlement – New York Law Journal
- John Zaremba Wins Big for Construction Workers – Labor Press
- Pre-Mediation Discussions Maximize Chances of Successful Settlement – The Legal Intelligencer
In addition, Mr. Zaremba is currently active in multiple National and Regional class action litigations pending in different jurisdictions around the country including:
- Nationwide litigation arising from deceptive marketing by a pasta manufacturer
- Nationwide litigation against the NHL for failure to protect its players from brain injury
- Nationwide litigation arising from the deceptive marketing of a vitamin supplement
- Nationwide litigation arising from deceptive marketing of OTC migraine medication
Prior to founding this firm, Mr. Zaremba practiced in the New York office of a large international law firm, where he defended actions involving construction accidents, professional malpractice, products liability, and toxic tort.
Mr. Zaremba graduated cum laude from Drew University, where he lettered in varsity baseball and then graduated from the prestigious Fordham University School of Law in Lincoln Center. Mr. Zaremba was admitted to the New York State Bar, and subsequently was admitted to practice in the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts. Mr. Zaremba also frequently lectures on safety and construction accidents, and has taught a class about completing shop steward accident reports at various Construction Trade Unions in New York. Mr. Zaremba counts the members of IAM 15, Sheet Metal Workers Local 28, Laborers Local 78, Laborers Local 79, Operative Plasters 262, TWU 101, Sheet Metal Workers Local 137, Cement Masons 780, and IBEW Local 3 amongst his clients and friends.