John Socolow is a partner in WSHB's White Plains office who litigates across several practice areas, including aviation and aerospace law. He oversees all aspects of product liability defense for a major foreign helicopter manufacturer and its subsidiaries in state and federal courts nationwide. Additionally, he advises clients on product liability, insurance coverage, premises liability, dram shop liability, and commercial disputes.

In his earlier career, John held key roles as national coordinating counsel for a Japanese automobile and truck manufacturer and its U.S. and Caribbean subsidiaries, as well as for product liability issues involving a renowned international consumer products manufacturer and its U.S.-based subsidiary.

John has contributed to the annual ABA Aviation and Space Law CLE program in Washington, D.C. He also co-authored an article on Unmanned Aircraft and Space Debris for a 2009 program, later featured in the Lawyer-Pilots Bar Association Journal in Summer 2010.


  • Hidalgo v. AgustaWestland Philadelphia Corp. and Leonardo S.p.A., 2024 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 17560 (E.D. Pa. 2024)
  • Neterval-Quiel v. Sentry Ins. Co., et al., 2022 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 163664 (E.D. Wis. 2022)
  • Williams v. Gamma Meccanica, et al., 2020 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 23850 (S.D. Ind. 2020)
  • Herlihy v. Sandals Resorts Int’l, Ltd., 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 25861 (D. Conn. 2019)
  • Ferber v. Olde Erie Brew Pub & Grill, LLC, 161 A.D.3d 1142, 78 N.Y.S.3d 209 (2d Dep’t 2018), leave to appeal denied, 32 N.Y.3d 918 (2019)
  • Clark v. River Metals Recycling, LLC and Sierra International Machinery, LLC, 2018 WL 3108891 (S.D. Ill. 2018), aff’d, 929 F.3d 434 (7th Cir. 2019)
  • Regan v. Sierra Int’l Mach.LLC, 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 41911 (D. Or. 2018)
  • Regan v. Sierra Int’l Mach., LLC, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 104040 (D. Or. 2017)
  • Turturro v. United States of America, et al., 43 F. Supp.2d 434 (E.D. Pa. 2014), aff’d, 629 Fed. Appx. 313 (3d Cir. 2015), cert. denied, 579 U.S. 917 (2016)
  • SP Holding Ltda v. Agusta S.p.A., 2011 Phila. Ct. Com. Pl. LEXIS 350 (2011)

  • SP Holding Ltda v. Agusta S.p.A., 2011 Phila. Ct. Com. Pl. LEXIS 348 (2011)
  • Angelo Cremona S.p.A. v. R.S. Bacon Veneer Co., 433 F.3d 617 (8th Cir. 2006)



  • Fordham University School of Law (J.D., 1986)
  • University of Pennsylvania (B.A., 1983)

Licensed to Practice in

  • New York 
  • Connecticut
  • Massachussetts
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York 
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York 
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of New York 
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York 
  • U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut 
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin 
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit 
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit 
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit 
  • U.S. Supreme Court 


Events, Seminars & Speaking Engagements

  • Defense Research Institute, Strictly Speaking – The Newsletter of the Product Liability Committee, May 12, 2020, Volume 17, Issue 2 – “Recent Seventh Circuit Analysis of Daubert, Federal Rule of Evidence 702, and the Consumer Expectations vs. Risk-Utility Tests”


  • Lawyer-Pilots Bar Association Journal, Vol. XXXII No. 2, Summer 2010, “Emerging Issues:  Unmanned Aircraft and Space Debris”



  • American Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Association of the Bar of the City of New York

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