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John H. Snyder launched his own law practice in November 2010, after practicing for seven years as a litigator at Proskauer Rose LLP.  John has extensive experience litigating a wide variety of business disputes, including the representation of:


  • An internationally acclaimed singer/entertainer in an action brought by her manager and co-venturer, involving claims that, as majority owner of the closely-held LLC that held the rights to the singer’s work, the singer had breached her fiduciary duties.  (Supreme Court, New York County)


  • The trustees of a worker’s compensation trust against fiduciary duty claims brought by members of the trust.  (Supreme Court, Albany County)


  • A large banking institution against claims that it violated contractual and fiduciary duties with respect to its service as a trustee of numerous trusts.  (Supreme Court, New York County) 


  • A publishing company in obtaining the complete enforcement of a senior executive's post-employment non-competition covenant, entered into in connection with the sale of the executive's business.  (Supreme Court, New York County) 


  • A large retailer in five shareholder derivative lawsuits in three jurisdictions regarding alleged stock option backdating, resulting in a favorable appellate ruling on an issue of first-impression under New York law.  (Supreme Court, New York County; New Jersey State Court; U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey)


  • A major brokerage in connection with claims of securities fraud concerning the auction rate securities market.  (U.S. District Court, Southern District of NY)


  • A major brokerage in connection with a financial dispute concerning the compensation for the co-heads of a trading desk.  (JAMS Arbitration)


  • A large closely-held company and its founder in a complex dispute, litigated in three jurisdictions, concerning management rights, corporate governance and tax status.  (Supreme Court, New York and Nassau Counties; Southern District of New York)


  • A real estate developer in a partnership dispute concerning a major hotel development project.  (AAA Arbitration)


  • Numerous high level executives in connection with securities fraud claims and SEC proceedings.


  • Numerous real estate developers in connection with foreclosure actions.


In addition to his litigation practice, John serves as outside general counsel to emerging companies.


John is the secretary of the Election Law Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, and has testified before the New York State Senate regarding redistricting in New York State.  John is also a member of the State Affairs Committee of Citizens’ Union, New York’s oldest “good government” organization, and has represented Citizens’ Union in successfully advocating the constitutionality of New York City’s campaign finance law.  John has also worked as a volunteer lawyer for the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights in protecting voting rights in the state of Ohio.


John represented 13 sexual assault advocacy organizations pro bono, as amici curiae, in proposing before the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court a new rule of evidence for sexual assault cases, adopted in whole by the Court in 2008 in Commonwealth v. Murungu.


John’s pro bono work also includes representation of numerous theatrical and arts organizations.


John is a graduate of Harvard Law School and a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Brown University.



Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 60%
    13 years
  2. Business: 20%
    13 years
  3. Investment Fraud: 10%
    13 years
  4. Real Estate: 10%
    13 years

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    John is a zealous advocate for his client. He is well prepared, intelligent and excellent in court. I endorse this lawyer.


    Mark Bastian Litigation Attorney
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  • Ryan Alexander

    John is a brilliant, disciplined attorney and comes up with well-planned strategies for his clients.


    Ryan Alexander Personal injury Attorney
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Contact info

John H. Snyder PLLC

555 Fifth Avenue
Suite 1700
New York, NY, 10017-2416


NYCurrently registered 200403/07/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top 40 Lawyers Under 40American Society of Legal Advocates2014
Rising StarNew York Super Lawyers2013
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AssociateProskauer Rose LLP2004 - 2010
Association namePosition nameDuration
Harvard Law School AssociationFounder - Solo and Boutique Law Firm Network2011 - Present
Association of the Bar of the City of New YorkSecretary - Election Law Committee2010 - Present
New York State Bar AssociationMember2005 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Wandel ex rel. Bed Bath & Beyond, Inc. v. Eisenberg, 60 A.D.3d 77, 871 N.Y.S.2d 102 (1st Dep't 2009)Affirmed trial court decision dismissing complaint
Rahbari v. Oros, 732 F. Supp. 2d 367 (S.D.N.Y. 2010)Case dismissed for failure to make pre-suit demand.
In re Am. Int'l Group, Inc., 965 A.2d 763 (Del. Ch. 2009)Motion to dismiss granted
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Harvard University Law SchoolN/AJD - Juris Doctor2002
Brown UniversityHistoryA.B.1999
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Testimony Before New York State SenatePolitical Redistricting in New York State2010
Proskauer Rose LLP Corporate Attorney TrainingLitigator's Perspective on M&A Deals - 20102010
Proskauer Rose CLELitigator's Perspective on M&A Deals - 20092009