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John Emmerig

Partner-in-Charge Sydney


(T) +61.2.8272.0506
(F) +61.2.8272.0599


  • Australian National University (Bachelor of Laws 1988; Bachelor of Science 1986)

Bar Admissions

  • High Court of Australia, Federal Court of Australia, New South Wales, Australian Capital Territory, and Western Australia

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).

Honors & Distinctions

  • Adjunct Professor of Law, UNDA

    Fellow, Australian Academy of Law

    Chair, Federal Litigation & Dispute Resolution Section of the Law Council of Australia; Co-Chair, Class Actions Committee; Co-Chair, Transnational Litigation Committee

    Leading individual in "Dispute Resolution": Chambers Global, Asia Pacific Legal 500, AFR Best Lawyers, AsiaLaw Profiles; Leading individual in "Class Actions" and "Government": AFR Best Lawyers

    "Test Case Litigation Lawyer of the Year — Australia": 2016 Global Fund Awards; "Multidistrict Litigation Lawyer of the Year — Australia": 2015 Law Awards
John Emmerig