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One Citizens Plaza, 8th Floor
Providence, RI 02903
Office: 401-274-7200
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About Me

John A. Tarantino is a partner in the Litigation Group, served as chairman of the firms Executive Committee and is now President of Adler Pollock & Sheehan P.C. He has been counsel in a number of precedent-setting cases in both the United States Supreme Court and numerous federal and circuit courts of appeal involving complex issues of constitutional law, antitrust, intellectual property, product liability, toxic tort and employment law. He has successfully represented international manufacturers, major chemical companies, railroads, intellectual property owners, e-commerce businesses, entrepreneurs, and leading real estate developers in sophisticated litigation matters. Mr. Tarantino successfully defended Atlantic Richfield Company in the landmark litigation brought by the Attorney General against the former manufacturers of lead pigment used in paint. In the longest jury trial in the history of Rhode Island, Mr. Tarantinos client was the only defendant found not responsible. Mr. Tarantino won the precedent-setting case Textron v. Aetna where the Rhode Island Supreme Court ruled that the pollution exclusion clause is ambiguous affording coverage for Rhode Island policyholders who do not intentionally or recklessly pollute the properties of others. Mr. Tarantino also successfully represented the Governor of the State of Rhode Island in the State Employees Unions dispute with respect to his efforts to shut down state services to alleviate budget constraints as well as in several employment termination matters in the federal courts. He has also defended the Speaker of the House of Representatives in various matters in the state and federal courts concerning issues of political questions, constitutional law, and state educational funding. Mr. Tarantino has defended the Senate in Voting Rights Act cases, redistricting litigation and constitutional matters. He has defended individuals and corporations in state and federal criminal trials, including bribery, wire fraud, honest services and other statutory and common law offenses. He lectures frequently on trial techniques and is a leading author of legal books and articles on product liability, discovery, evidence, procedure, medical-legal issues, legal ethics and trial strategy. John Tarantino is admitted to practice in Rhode Island and Massachusetts, and before the United States Supreme Court. Lawyers Weekly USA named Mr. Tarantino among the top ten attorneys in the nation as “Lawyer of the Year” for 2002. In 2006, Mr. Tarantino was named a “Champion of Justice” and one of the best trial attorneys in the United States by Lawdragon. In 2006 he was also one of 261 lawyers in the country named best in Commercial Litigation by Whos Who Legal, USA- Commercial Litigation. In 2005 and 2006, he was named one of the 500 leading lawyers in America by Lawdragon based on a national survey of lawyers, judges and clients. In 2005 he was also named “Lawyer of the Year” by Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly for his work in defending high profile criminal and civil cases and was named in the 2005 Expert Guide to the U.S. Leading Litigation Lawyers as one of the best trial attorneys in the country. He has been honored by his inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® in the fields of Commercial Litigation, Personal Injury, Appellate Law, Mass Tort Litigation, Product Liability Litigation, Bet-the-Company Litigation and White-Collar Criminal Defense. He is also recognized in the Chambers USA Americas Leading Business Lawyers as one of the “Leaders in Rhode Island” and as one of the states premier litigation lawyers. He was also selected by his peers as one of “The Best Lawyers in Rhode Island” featured in Rhode Island Monthly magazine and was listed in Corporate Counsel Magazine as one of the regions most sought-after litigators. He has been awarded the highest AV rating from the Martindale Hubbell Directory of lawyers. Mr. Tarantino is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers; a member of the Colleges Federal Rules of Evidence Committee and was recently appointed to the Rhode Island State Committee, which reviews candidates for admission to the college. He is a Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers and a member of The American Board of Trial Advocates ABOTA. He is a founding member of the National College for DUI Defense and has served on its Board of Regents. He has served as a faculty member for the National College of Trial Advocacy, The National College for DUI Defense at Harvard Law School and the Masters of Scientific Evidence program in Atlanta, Georgia. He is an associate member of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. He served as President of the Rhode Island Bar Association during its Centennial year in 1997-1998, and has chaired the Committees on Ethics and Professionalism and Public Relations. He served as President of the New England Bar Association in 2002-2003, having served on the Board of Directors for the preceding four years, and is a member of the National Conference of Bar Presidents. He currently serves as President of the Rhode Island Bar Foundation. He is a member of the ABA, the Justinian Society, the Defense Research Institute, and a member of the Institutes Toxic Tort and Environmental Law Committee. He was President of the Defense Counsel of Rhode Island in 2003-2004. The Rhode Island Bar Association bestowed its highest honor to Mr. Tarantino with its 2003 Award of Merit for outstanding service to the legal profession and to the Rhode Island Bar Association. The Defense Research Institute awarded Mr. Tarantino its “Exceptional Performance Citation” in 2004. In 2005 he was named to the Board of Visitors of The National Judicial College in Reno, NV. Mr. Tarantino received the Boston College Law School 75th Anniversary Alumni Award in 2006 and in 2006 he also received the Ralph P. Semonoff Award, the Rhode Island Bar Associations award for civility, professionalism and outstanding advocacy. A magna cum laude graduate of Dartmouth College and Boston College Law School, Mr. Tarantino was elected to the prestigious Order of the Coif. Mr. Tarantino is the recipient of the Dorothy Lohmann Community Service Award from the Rhode Island Bar Association and also received community service awards from the Federal Hill House Association for work with the economically disadvantaged, and the Blackstone Valley Chapter of the Rhode Island Association of Retarded Citizens, for his work with the physically and mentally disabled. He serves on the Boards of Avtek, Inc. and The Papitto Foundation. He also served on the Board of Directors of Angel Planes, Inc., Watch Hill Partners, LLC and The Hope Alzheimers Center. He is a member of the Guardians Council of St. Francis Chapel & City Ministry Center, serves as Vice-Chair of the Board of Trustees of Roger Williams University and also serves on the Board of Directors of Roger Williams University Law School.