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John Frederick Harwick

Personal injury Attorney at Schenectady, NY

5.0   14 reviews

also known as John F. Harwick, John Harwick

  • Licensed for 28 years
    State NY
    Acquired 1996
    Currently Registered No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About John

Learn John’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Personal injury
    I help injury victims receive fair compensation for their personal injury claims.

    28 years, 500 cases

  2. Litigation
    Business litigation and commercial disputes.

    28 years

  3. Car accident

    28 years

  4. Nursing home abuse and neglect
    Neglect, malnutrition and bedsores.

    28 years

John F. Harwick strongly believes in the power of effective communication and going the extra mile to create successful attorney-client relationships. He is a partner at E. Stewart Jones Hacker Murphy and has been practicing personal injury and commercial litigation in upstate New York since 1995. As an experienced litigator, John understands that a case’s outcome depends on being prepared, knowledgeable, and maintain a close attention to detail. He has been recognized by top legal organizations for his zealous advocacy and dedication to his clients. In addition to an AV rating by Martindale Hubbell John has been named a “Top 25” lawyer by Super Lawyers Magazine since 2018. He maintains a perfect 10.0 rating on Avvo. John strives to educate clients by answering their questions and keeping communication open during their legal proceeding.

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E. Stewart Jones Hacker Murphy LLP
200 Harborside Dr
Schenectady, NY, 12305
E. Stewart Jones Hacker Murphy LLP
28 2nd St
Troy, NY, 12180
E. Stewart Jones Hacker Murphy LLP
41 State Street
Suite 604-05
Albany, NY, 12207
E. Stewart Jones Hacker Murphy LLP
(By Appointment Only)
511 Broadway
Saratoga Springs, NY, 12866
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5.0 / 5.0
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Posted by Kate | April 17, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommend
Caring and results-oriented from start to finish. There is always a sense of team effort, whether you are in deep discussion with John, or getting a quick answer from the legal assistant.
Posted by Mike | June 16, 2015
Harwick knocks it out of the park
My case was a very confusing and difficult case to accept, and most lawyers would have turned me away. Mr. Harwick accepted my case and handled it amazingly. Throughout the process he kept me informed, updated and always returned calls and messages fast and was knowledgeable in my case and in the rare instance he didn't have an answer, one was found in no time. My case concluded in mediation and I couldn't be happier how he handled things. I highly recommend him and the people that work in his office, as they were just as nice and friendly. Thank you Mr. Harwick.
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Posted by Angela | March 28, 2015
Great lawyer, would highly recommend
John was recommended to me by a few different people and I'm very happy that I worked with him. He is very knowledgeable and trustworthy. I wanted to be involved and updated as much as possible about the case and he did a great job of communicating with me every step of the way. I was extremely pleased with the outcome of my case and all of his work. I would absolutely recommend his services.
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Posted by Lori | March 16, 2015
Best Lawyer in Capital Region!!!!! Mr. Harwick is a caring, responsive and respectful lawyer!
John Harwick is a trustworthy lawyer who is honest with you and is always willing to answer all questions, he gives you the time and attention to help you to understand all aspects of your case. John Harwick is caring, respectful and honest with you during some of the worst and most difficult times of your life, even with the worst and most humiliating injuries in my life John always ensured that I was ok. He truly cares about his clients, your not just another case number to John. I would honestly refer John Harwick to friends and family!
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Posted by James | March 11, 2015
Expert Legal Counsel
John Harwick is the right guy to have on your side. I hired John to work on a LT Disability case and his expertise was masterful, right through the positive conclusion of the case. During the one case I had, my spouse and I had the opportunity to hire John again for a personal injury case from an accident, and once again, John provided expert legal work and got us the maximum settlement possible. I would HIGHLY recommend John to anyone who finds themselves needing legal representation. John is thorough, thoughtful, very responsive with communication, and is always looking out for your best interest.
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Posted by Sel | February 17, 2015
Professional Counsel
After a personal accident (due to dirty floors in a national chain), I was unable to go to work for a few weeks, John successfully represented me in a suit against the company for my injuries. John responded to my needs on a timely basis and in an efficient manner that resulted in a fair and reasonable settlement. I would definitely seek his counsel in other legal matters.
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Posted by anonymous | February 11, 2015
Excellent Attorney
Very trusting attorney, with high knowledge and skills. John helped me instantaneously without question, without judgment and helped me get through my situation in a quick manner. I would recommend John highly.
Posted by Kevin | February 11, 2015
Personal Injury Accident
I was involved in a personal injury accident that left me without work for a significant time. I was recommended to Mr. Harwick and rightfully so. He and his team displayed the utmost professionalism and courtesy towards me and my family. He was always available to answer any questions I might have, no matter how minute. I was kept well-informed every step of the way. Throughout the lengthy process, Mr. Harwick was persistent and would consistantly check in to see if there was anything I needed or may have questions about. I was having a tough time with my medical bills and getting them to the right companies; Mr. Harwick went above and beyond and took the time to ensure they would not effect my future. It was a pleasure working with him and his team. They made an unfortunate circumstance much easier and a little more bearable. I cannot recommend him enough.
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Posted by Liz | February 10, 2015
Trustworthy & knowledgable
Understands what is winninable and when to settle. Will tell you the truth and with take the right path to achieve the best legal outcome . Knowledgeable and a skilled lawyer yet a companionate side shown to his client base , while being burtely honest.
Posted by Jeffrey | December 4, 2013
Personal Injury Accident
An individual never wants any type of an accident to happen, but when it occurs when you are out of state it is so much worse. We were not familiar with any attorneys from the state of NY, so I looked on line. We called John Harwick and left a message. The call back was immediate. That type of response happened throughout the whole process. There were many times when I would email him either early morning or late evening and he would respond almost immediately. The man must never sleep. He was very professional and knowledgeable. There were no promises made except for the fact that he believed in our case. The time frame that he initially gave us for the resolution was almost to the date given. He was also able to prevent a medical lien from taking part of our settlement. All of this was done without us having to travel back to New York to deal with this matter. We highly recommend Atty. Harwick whether you live in or out of the state of New York or not.
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Posted by Joelle | October 19, 2012
Dependable & Professional
I recently hired John to represent me in a personal injury case for a car accident that I was in. John went above and beyond to assist me in winning my case. Right from the start he told me what would be entailed, how long the case would last and what would happen each step of the way. There were times when I thought of questions on a Friday or Saturday night and would email him (not expecting a response until Monday) and John would respond to me instantly no matter what day or time it was. I could always count on him to be available when I needed answers. I would highly recommend John to anyone needing a P.I. attorney!!
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Posted by Jeff | October 15, 2012
He's the man!
John Harwick is a ‘stand up’ Attorney who fought for my rights and restored my dignity and property!
Posted by Rudy | October 1, 2012
“John Harwick and his team have successfully handled numerous legal matters for myself over the years ranging from simple traffic violations to complex real estate transactions. No matter how large or small the need, John treats every case with the same professionalism and dedication. Great law firm. I would highly recommend them.”
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Posted by anonymous | June 24, 2011
Difficult Brain Injury Case
This case took 3 and a half years and recently settled. This was due to the nature of the case and not any delay on the attorney's part. From the start, Mr. Harwick explained the pros and cons of the case and predicted its resolution accurately. He recommended medical tests which were useful in identifying the injury and a vocational economist who assessed my financial losses. He explained all aspects of the case to me with clarity and responded quickly to all my inquiries. The difficult situation I was in was made smoother by the professional nature with which Mr. Harwick handled my case.
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  • Contingency 33%-33%
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • E. Stewart Jones, Hacker, Murphy LLP
  • 2015 - Present
  • Partner
  • Hacker & Murphy, L.L.P.
  • 1998 - Present
  • Associate
  • Law Office of David L. Ganje
  • 1996 - 1997


  • Albany Law School of Union University
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1995
  • Clark University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1991
  • Darrow School
  • High School Diploma
  • 1987

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Irvine v. Raven
  • Judgment for the plaintiff
  • Vanderwerken v. Bellinger
  • Verdict in favor of Plaintiff following a bench trial
  • Diver v. City of Saratoga Springs, NY
  • $1.25m Settlement


  • Albany County Bar Association
  • Chairperson, Newsletter Committee
  • 2017 - Present
  • Capital District Trial Lawyers Association
  • Past President
  • 2014 - Present
  • National Association of Personal Injury Lawyers
  • Gold Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • New York State Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • Albany County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1996 - Present
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1996 - Present
  • Capital District Trial Lawyers Association
  • President
  • 2013 - 2014
  • Capital District Trial Lawyers Association
  • Vice President
  • 2012 - 2013
  • Capital District Trial Lawyers Association
  • Treasurer
  • 2008 - 2011
  • Capital District Bankruptcy Bar Association
  • Former Member
  • 1997 - 2000
  • Albany Law School Moot Court
  • Board Member
  • 1995 - 1996
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Best Lawyers in America
  • U.S. News and World Reports
  • 2015
  • AV Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • Voted top %5 by peers
  • "Superlawyers"
  • 2011
  • "Superb" rating
  • AVVO
  • 2011
  • Best Brief
  • Gabrielli Moot Court Competition
  • 1995
  • Semi-Finalist - Gabrielli Moot Court Competition
  • Albany Law School
  • 1995
  • Justinian Society
  • Albany Law School
  • 1995
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  • NYS Bar Ass'n: The Basics on Motions, Objections and Discovery
  • Rarely Used Pre-Trial Devices
  • 2000

Speaking Engagements

  • Automobile Litigation
  • Depositions and Demonstrative Evidence
  • 2009
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Civil Litigation Seminar
  • 2007

Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (10)
Endorse John
Personal injury Attorney | Jul 08
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"John is an excellent lawyer. He treats his clients with respect, he is knowledgeable and extremely professional. I endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Oct 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. John is a seasoned and talented attorney who brings a high level of professionalism to the practice of law. He takes very good care of his clients and is highly efficient at achieving excellent results for them."
Personal injury Attorney | Sep 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Sep 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. John has considerable experience in both personal injury and business/commercial litigation."
Personal injury Attorney | Sep 10
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
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