John C. Dearie was born and raised in the Bronx, and grew up in the Parkchester neighborhood on the east side of the Borough. After high school, he received a full athletic scholarship to play basketball at the University of Notre Dame where he earned three Monograms. Following college graduation, John earned his MBA from the Kellogg School of Business at Northwestern University, and his JD from NYU Law School.
From 1973-1992, John represented the Bronx in the New York State Legislature as an Assemblyman. While in Albany, John served as the Chairman for the Committee on Cities and as a Member on the Ways and Means Committee, the Housing Committee, and the Aging Committee. He also authored legislation establishing Economic Development Zones throughout New York State and Business Improvement Districts in New York City, each creating thousands of new jobs in local communities.
From 1984-2008, John organized, chaired and moderated the Irish American Presidential Forum every presidential election year, wherein candidates for the nation’s highest office defined their stances on issues affecting Irish Americans throughout the country. Candidates who participate in the Forums include John McCain, Walter Mondale, Michael Dukakis, Al Gore, Jesse Jackson, Jerry Brown and Bill Clinton. Promises made by then-candidate Clinton at the Forum, and later acted upon by President Clinton, are viewed as significant contributions to the Northern Ireland peace process.
John founded the firm in 1986. In 30 years, John’s firm has represented thousands of injured clients win hundreds of millions of dollars for injuries suffered due to the negligence of others. Contact John here.