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John Aldock’s nationwide practice focuses on commercial litigation and includes class actions, mass torts, insurance, securities, international, RICO, ERISA, commercial arbitration and business litigation.

Representative clients for which Mr. Aldock has been lead trial counsel include Prudential Insurance Company of America in numerous state and federal class actions including MDL and national class actions brought under RICO, ERISA and state law; CNA Financial in various state and federal actions involving alleged bad faith and fraud claims and in contested bankruptcy proceedings; Arrowpoint Capital Corp. in connection with putative class actions and 8,000 individual cases involving alleged fraud claims; Syngenta Crop Protection, Inc. in an arbitration involving significant intellectual property compensation issues; Rockwell Automation in multiple toxic tort class actions at the Rocky Flats nuclear weapons plant in Colorado and the Hanford Reservation in Washington State; Lafarge North America in several New Orleans class actions and thousands of individual cases alleging damages arising from a barge that came into contact with a New Orleans levee during hurricane Katrina and allegedly caused the flooding of large portions of New Orleans; and Arthur Andersen LLP in class actions brought under the U.S. securities laws.

In addition, Mr. Aldock served as Special Counsel to the 20 U.S. and international corporate members of the Center for Claims Resolution from its inception in 1988 through 2000, including as lead trial counsel in negotiating and gaining U.S. District Court approval of a multibillion-dollar settlement of present and “future” asbestos claims (claims by individuals who have been occupationally exposed to asbestos but who have not yet manifested any disease from that exposure). See Georgine v. Amchem Products, 157 F.R.D. 246, rev’d 83 F.2d 610 (3d Circuit 1996), aff’d. Amchem v. Windsor, 521 U.S. 591 (1997).

Mr. Aldock has represented major law firms in state and federal court litigation alleging professional malpractice and represented targeted lawyers before the state grievance committees, as well as major accounting firms in strategic advice and litigation matters.

Mr. Aldock also serves as the firm's General Counsel.

Mr. Aldock has been selected by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, SuperLawyers,  U.S. News-Best Lawyers and The Legal 500 U.S. as one of America's leading business litigation lawyers for commercial and bet-the-company litigation.

Mr. Aldock was chairman of Shea & Gardner prior to its combination with Goodwin Procter in 2004. Following his judicial clerkship, Mr. Aldock served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia.

Professional Activities

Mr. Aldock is chair of the Advisory Committee on Rules of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia and a member of the Panel of Distinguished Neutrals (Washington, D.C.) of the CPR International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless and the Council for Court Excellence, and a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and the American College of Trial Lawyers.


Mr. Aldock has made presentations at numerous conferences sponsored by the Judicial Conference of the United States, The Federal Judicial Center, the Administrative Office of U.S. Courts, the American Bar Association, ALI-ABA, Defense Research Institute and various law schools. His topics have included class actions, complex litigation, mass torts, toxic and hazardous substances, “future” personal injury claims, ethics in mass torts and litigation management.

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