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:
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.