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John Emmerig is one of Australia's leading litigation lawyers. He has 33 years' experience in high-stakes litigation spanning class action defense, "bet-the-company" commercial/contract disputes, and government and regulator litigation/investigations. John has a national reputation for his outstanding track record in each of these fields.

John routinely acts for major global and Australian companies in some of the largest and most complex commercial cases conducted in Australian superior courts. He has advised on over 35 filed/threatened class action matters. He has extensive experience in major disputes involving federal and state government agencies and in counseling companies and boards/C-suite on investigations and enforcement actions by the Australian corporate regulator (ASIC) and by other key Australian regulators. John has acted in over 20 Royal Commissions, Statutory Commissions, ICAC, and Parliamentary inquiries. His international litigation experience spans court and arbitration disputes in the United States, the United Kingdom, Europe, and Asia.

John is co-chair of the Class Actions Committee of the Law Council of Australia, an adjunct professor of law at UNDA, an editorial board member of the Journal of Equity, lead author of the "Class Actions" section of the Federal Court Practice Manual, the editor (Federal) of the Journal of Civil Litigation and Practice, a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law, a member of both the Federal Court of Australia's LCA Liaison Committee and Class Actions Committee, a participant in various ASIC consultation fora, a member of AMCHAM's Defence and National Security Committee, a guest lecturer, and the author of over 100 legal articles.


  • Bank of Queensland seeks counsel in Banking Royal Commission inquiryJones Day acted for Bank of Queensland Limited and its subsidiaries in the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry.
  • PAG invests in Key Safety Systems to finance acquisition of global assets of Takata CorporationJones Day represented PAG Asia Capital Ltd. and PAG Asia II LP in connection with its investment in Key Safety Systems, a subsidiary of China-based Ningbo Joyson Electronic Corporation, to finance the acquisition of substantially all of the global assets of Takata Corporation out of bankruptcy in the U.S. and Japan and certain non-bankruptcy transactions elsewhere in the world.
  • Former CEO defends Australian corporate regulator claimJones Day is acting for the former CEO of a metals and mining company in defending proceedings brought by the corporate regulator, the Australian Securities and Investments Commission ("ASIC"), in the Federal Court of Australia.
  • Lowe's exits from Masters Home Improvement joint venture with Woolworths in AustraliaJones Day provided strategic advice and assisted Lowe's Companies, Inc. with various aspects of its exit from a joint venture with Woolworths Limited, with respect to the Masters hardware and home improvement retail business established by the joint venture in Australia and New Zealand.