John Paul Putney represents financial institutions, health care providers, and international corporations in complex commercial disputes, investigations, and insurance coverage matters in arbitration and in state and federal courts.
He has substantial experience as a litigator and recently defended financial institutions in connection with disputes arising out of residential mortgage-backed securities, including RMBS trustee litigation, repurchase claims, and other RMBS contractual disputes. He has assisted in the representation of UPMC in several high-profile contractual disputes with Highmark, including a commercial arbitration that resulted in UPMC recovering more than $200 million. John Paul has acted as lead counsel for Experian with primary responsibility for discovery, dispositive motion practice, and settlement negotiation. He has taken depositions, coordinated case management, drafted motions, worked with expert witnesses, and prepared fact and expert witnesses for deposition and trial testimony. John Paul also has represented policyholders in insurance recovery matters. His experience in this area includes litigation and coverage analyses under CGL, D&O, and environmental policies and supervision of underlying defense counsel.
John Paul is committed to the Firm's pro bono practice representing veterans and unaccompanied minors seeking immigration relief. In one immigration matter, the detained client's application for withholding of removal was granted and upheld on appeal, permitting the client to be released and reunited with his family.
John Paul serves on the Diversity, Inclusion & Advancement Committee and is chair-elect of the local J. Reuben Clark Law Society. Before practicing law, John Paul performed opera internationally and worked in business banking, insurance, and investments with a major U.S. financial institution.
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- University of Pittsburgh (J.D. magna cum laude 2014; Order of the Coif; Technology Editor, Law Review; Recipient, The Honorable Ruggero J. Aldisert Endowment Scholarship; Honorable Mentions for Team Orals and Claimant's Memorandum, 2013 VIS International Commercial Arbitration Moot [Vienna]; M.P.I.A. in Global Political Economy 2014; Graduate Global Studies Certificate in Global Governance & Global Economy); New England Conservatory of Music (M.M. in Voice Performance 2009); Chapman University (B.M. in Vocal Performance summa cum laude 2006; B.A. in Germanic Studies summa cum laude 2006; Grey Key Award in both majors; Outstanding Germanic Studies Major)
- Extern to: Chief Judge Joy Flowers Conti, U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania (Fall 2012) and Judge Judith L. A. Friedman, Court of Common Pleas, Allegheny County, Civil Division (Summer 2011)
- Spanish, Italian, German, French