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John R. Ewell


John concentrates his practice on insurance coverage litigation and analysis in New York and New Jersey, insurance regulatory matters, reinsurance, and civil defense litigation. He is a member of the firm’s Insurance Solutions practice group where he focuses on pre-suit proactive resolution of matters. He handles all aspects of litigation in state and federal courts around the United States.

John’s broad coverage experience encompasses issues ranging from first-party property coverage, casualty, “personal and advertising injury” (Coverage B), automobile liability, as well as uninsured and underinsured motorist claims. Focal points of his practice include construction-related coverage disputes and risk transfer. He regularly counsels clients on fraud and material misrepresentation, bad faith, and Child Victims Act claims.

John prides himself on practical advice leading to cost-certain results for clients. He ensures clients receive concrete answers advising them of likelihood of success, not vague assertion. He views his role as protecting the insurer’s interests and making strategic recommendations about how to advance a claim to efficient and successful resolution.

John is a lawyer’s lawyer in the courthouse. He handles declaratory judgment actions, rescission actions, applications to stay UM/SUM arbitration, as well as defense litigation in the areas of product liability, professional liability, premises liability, and general negligence.

Before joining Gerber Ciano, John worked for a mid-size New York law firm where he had an insurance coverage practice in both New York and New Jersey. He previously served as a student clerk for Hon. Eugene M. Fahey, Associate Judge of the New York Court of Appeals, and interned with the United States Attorney’s Office.

John received his Juris Doctor cum laude from the University at Buffalo Law School, where he was a Publications Editor for the Buffalo Law Review. He was a member of the school’s trial advocacy program and competed in numerous national trial competitions. He received Honorable Mention in the 2015 Buffalo Law Review Associates’ Writing Competition for a Top Ten Piece.  During his third year of law school he was awarded the Honorable John T. Elfvin Memorial Scholarship for academic excellence and trial advocacy. John is an alumnus of Canisius College where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in English, graduating with All College Honors.

Outside of work, John enjoys spending time with his wife and their dog, Donald.  He spends his free time playing acoustic guitar, hiking, and mixing cocktails (mojitos are his specialty).