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John Emmerig is one of Australia's leading litigation lawyers. He has 30 years' experience in high-stakes litigation representing the interests of global and major domestic corporations, financial institutions, and government.

John's core practise areas are class action defence, major commercial disputes ("bet-the-company" level), and government/regulator litigation. He has a national reputation for his experience and outstanding record in each of these fields.

John has practised in Australian class action defence work since the procedures were first introduced in 1992. His experience spans shareholder, financial products, products liability, government, and environmental class action claims. He is Co-Chair of the Class Actions Committee of the Law Council of Australia, lead author of the Federal Court Practice Manual section on "Class Actions," and a member of the Federal Court's National Class Action Liaison Committee.

John's work in other high-stakes commercial disputes routinely involves him representing key parties in some of the largest and most complex matters litigated in Australian superior courts, in international commercial litigation, and in major test cases. He is Chair of the Federal Litigation & Dispute Resolution Section of the Law Council, Co-Chair of the Transnational Litigation Committee, and serves on the Federal Court's National Liaison Committee on Practice and Procedure.

In the field of government/regulator litigation, John has decades of experience representing the corporate sector (across many industries) and government (more than 35 federal/state agencies) on major claims, regulator investigations, and 11 Royal Commissions/Statutory Commissions of Inquiry.

John is an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Notre Dame Australia and a member of the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Equity (LexisNexis) and Journal of Civil Litigation and Practice (Thomson Reuters).


  • 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.
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