John PaulPutney


Pittsburgh + 1.412.394.9593

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.


  • Client prevails in contested proceedings, securing permanent legal residency for young individual fleeing from gang-related violenceJones Day successfully represented a teenage young adult in obtaining legal permanent resident status in contested proceedings before the immigration court.
  • UPMC obtains federal officer removal in putative digital data privacy class actionOn behalf of a University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), Jones Day removed a digital privacy case to federal court, asserting two separate bases for federal jurisdiction.
  • UPMC prevails in trial before Commonwealth Court of PennsylvaniaJones Day won a bench trial on behalf of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center ("UPMC"), one of the nation's preeminent integrated healthcare systems.
  • UPMC arbitrates rate increase and resolves dispute over continuity of care servicesJones Day represented the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) in two last-best-offer, baseball-style arbitrations with Blue Cross Blue Shield health insurer Highmark Inc.
  • UPMC awarded over $188 million in arbitration with Highmark over rates for outpatient oncology servicesJones Day client University of Pittsburgh Medical Center ("UPMC") won over $188 million in arbitration against health insurer Highmark Inc.
  • Wells Fargo defends third party breach of contract lawsuit relating to RMBS trustJones Day is representing Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. in a third-party complaint filed by a bank, which is the mortgage loan seller of an RMBS trust.
  • Wells Fargo defends against complaint filed by Nomura Credit & Capital Inc. alleging representations and warranties breachJones Day is representing Wells Fargo, National Association in a third-party complaint filed by Nomura Credit & Capital, Inc., the mortgage loan seller of six RMBS trusts.