John L. Cordani Jr.
New Haven


  • Cornell Law School, Law School
    J.D. 2011
    ~summa cum laude
  • Cornell University, Undergraduate
    B.A. 2009
    ~magna cum laude


  • Bar Admissions
  • Connecticut
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office
  • Court Admissions
  • U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

John Cordani is a partner in Carmody Torrance Sandak & Hennessey's litigation group. He practices in the areas of appellate, administrative, intellectual property, antitrust, employment, criminal, and commercial litigation. Prior to law school, John worked as a chemist and received multiple patents covering various aspects of his research. John received an appointment as a Special Public Defender and represents indigent defendants in appeals of their criminal convictions. John is also an Adjunct Professor of Law at Quinnipiac University School of Law and teaches a course on Patent Litigation.

He has argued dozens of appeals in the Connecticut Supreme Court and Appellate Court and in various federal Courts of Appeal. Examples of reported appellate decisions include:

  • State v. Nina Baccala, 326 Conn. 232, cert. denied 138 S. Ct. 510 (2017) (obtained reversal of “fighting words” conviction under the First Amendment).

  • International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, Inc. v. Security University, 823 F.3d 153 (2d Cir. 2016), cert. denied 137 S. Ct. 624 (2017) (obtained reversal of summary judgment for client in a case where the Second Circuit considered the requirements for a nominative fair use defense under the trademark laws as a matter of first impression for that court)

  • State v. Maurice Francis, 317 Conn. 450 (2015) (obtained reversal of murder conviction under the Sixth Amendment’s right to counsel)

  • MacDermid, Inc. v. Canciani, 525 Fed. Appx. 8 (2d Cir. 2013) (obtained reversal of personal jurisdiction dismissal in employment dispute)

John has also tried numerous cases to verdict in a variety of areas of the law including patent, employment, products liability, civil rights, and general commercial cases. As examples, John has obtained favorable verdicts for clients after (i) a patent infringement trial involving sporting equipment, (ii) an antitrust and unfair competition trial involving the specialty chemical industry, (iii) a breach of contract case involving the expulsion of a graduate student from a university, (iv) an employment case involving rescission of a severance payment, and (v) a product liability case involving the trucking industry. Additionally, John has arbitrated numerous cases to a final written decision in the client’s favor.

John has extensive experience in administrative forums and administrative appeals. He represents clients in the United States Patent & Trademark Office in prosecuting chemical and mechanical patent applications and trademarks. In this regard, he has argued cases before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board in dozens of patent appeals, reexaminations, and inter partes reviews. He has also represented clients in appeals from zoning commissions and state agencies. An exemplary reported decision in this field is Berlin Public Schools v. Freedom of Information Commission, 61 Conn. L. Rptr. 795 (Conn. Super Feb. 2, 2016), where John obtained reversal of a Freedom of Information Commission’s decision regarding waiver of the attorney-client privilege.

  • Obtained defense verdict after a jury trial involving a claim of breach of contract brought by a former student against a large private university
  • Successfully appealed patent applications to the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences to revise the rejections of the patent examiners
  • Represents clients in patent infringement actions located in Connecticut, New Jersey, Minnesota, New York, Texas, and Arkansas
  • Represents clients in the Untied States Patent & Trademark Office in inter partes and ex parte reexaminations as well as patent interferences
  • Represents clients in the International Trade Commission on intellectual property matters
  • Currently represents clients in antitrust actions related to patent misuse located in Connecticut and New Jersey
  • Selected for inclusion in Connecticut Super Lawyers Rising Stars for 2016-2017 in Intellectual Property, Civil Litigation and Appellate
  • Selected as a "New Leaders in the Law" by the Connecticut Law Tribune, 2015
  • Salutatorian of Law School Class, 2011
  • Named a 2014 "Rising Star" by Business New Haven

Community Involvement

  • Adjunct Professor of Law, Quinnipiac University School of Law
  • Acts as court appointed pro bono counsel in the U.S. District Court of the District of Connecticut for various civil rights cases


  • New Haven Bar Association