John A. Tarantino - Adler Pollock & Sheehan P.C.

John A. Tarantino

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2001
Phone: 401-427-6262

A noted and highly awarded litigator who has successfully argued high-stakes, precedent-setting cases across the country, John Tarantino represents international manufacturers, major chemical companies, railroads, e-commerce businesses, entrepreneurs, sports coaches and managers, and leading real estate developers in sophisticated litigation matters involving complex issues of constitutional law, antitrust, intellectual property, product liability, toxic tort, white-collar crime, and employment law. Passionate about his work and his profession, John lectures frequently on trial techniques and is a leading author of legal books and articles on product liability, discovery, evidence, procedure, medical-legal issues, legal ethics and trial strategy. He has won significant trial victories for Atlantic Richfield Company, the Governor of Rhode Island, the Rhode Island Senate, and other entities and individuals in cases ranging from toxic torts to constitutional law to bribery and wire fraud.

Dartmouth CollegeAB 1976Boston College Law School
National Judicial CollegeBoston College Law SchoolDefense Counsel of Rhode IslandNew England Bar AssociationRhode Island Bar AssociationRhode Island Bar FoundationLitigation Counsel of AmericaInternational Academy of Trial LawyersInternational Society of BarristersAmerican College of Trial Lawyers

Client Comments

"John Tarantino is one of the finest attorneys I have come across in my nearly 31 years of practice. I have worked with him on numerous cases over the past three and a half years. He is very responsive to clients' needs and extremely pragmatic. In addition, his written work product is excellent. I want John on my team."

-Robert Litz
Textron Financial Corporation

"John Tarantino is one of the smartest lawyers in America. He is thorough, responsive and accurate when providing legal services to our company. If you have a bet-the-company issue, you can feel confident with John representing you. "

"John Tarantino and his firm have always been quick and extremely efficient in handling our company and personal needs. He has represented us through the years in a most professional and thorough manner. He is very personable and there to answer questions at any time. When he promises to get something done, he gets it done. Many attorneys make promises, he keeps them. His staff in his firm has given the same level of professionalism and thoroughness that he has over the years. He is a tremendous attorney and surrounds himself with tremendous associates. I would say he is the best of the best and should be rated number one on any list."

-David Hack
U.S. Wings, Inc.

"John is an exceptional trial attorney who can handle just about any type of complex litigation in state or federal court anywhere in the United States. He has a remarkably high level of expertise in a wide range of areas, including contract disputes, environmental defense and white collar criminal defense. John is a gentleman and a scholar who I would not hesitate to recommend to anyone seeking counsel for any litigation related matter."

-Paul Green
Green Land Company, LLC

"John Tarantino is one of the finest litigation attorneys with whom I have ever worked. John has an uncanny ability to organize complex matters in a coherent way and develop a strategy for advancing the ultimate goals of the litigation. I consider it a privilege whenever I have the opportunity to be involved with John in a case because of his integrity and passion for his work. "

-William Conley, Jr.
East Providence City Solicitor
City of East Providence

"John Tarantino is our lead trial counsel for complex commercial and government-related litigation in the New England area. He is an extremely talented and bright trial and appellate lawyer who has consistently provided Textron with excellent legal advice and litigation results. John also has excellent client-relations skills. He works and communicates extremely well with all levels of our company, promptly returns calls, and consistently beats deadlines. Above all, he astutely listens to his client. He certainly is not shy about telling us when we are going in the wrong direction, but he always accomplishes this in a professional manner, which is absolutely critical for outside counsel but all too rare. One final aspect of John's performance is worth comment. He has the uncanny ability to breakdown complex matters quickly into simple propositions, and turn them into winning positions. Only the best trial lawyers can do this. In sum, John Tarantino is a terrific lawyer who ranks with the very best lawyers I have worked with during my thirty year legal career. "

"I have worked with John Tarantino intermittently for over 15 years, and his combination of smarts and discipline have made him a valued partner. Though he is a busy attorney, he is always responsive to clients. In the conference room and the courtroom, John is an outstanding advocate."

-Mary Terzino
Assistant General Counsel; Director, Corporate Legal Issues
The Dow Chemical Company

"John is an accomplished litigator who, unlike many of his peers, actually has extensive experience in trying cases, both before judges and juries. He is always well-prepared and persuasive, and is particularly skilled at achieving a rapport with jurors. John has none of the arrogance that one sometimes sees with prominent trial lawyers, and is extremely focused on service, responsiveness, and understanding the needs and objectives of his client."

"John Tarantino is a superb litigator and counselor. He has handled a variety of matters for Textron, covering many different substantive areas. His advice is thoughtful, practical, and timely, and always delivered with good humor and with the client's ultimate goal firmly in mind. He quickly grasps even the most complicated factual situation and is able to distill it to its most significant points and to communicate it clearly. His eye for the telling detail is unerring, and his legal arguments are clear and persuasive. He is always a pleasure to work with, and we are proud to have him represent us. "

-Marianne Corr
Vice President and Deputy General Counsel
Textron Financial Corporation

Office Location

One Citizens Plaza, Eighth Floor
Providence, RI 02903-1345
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2017 Lawyer of the Year in Bet-the-Company Litigation of the Providence Metro Area2016 Lawyer of the Year in Criminal Defense: White-Collar of the Providence Metro Area2014 Lawyer of the Year in Criminal Defense: White-Collar of the Providence Metro Area2013 Lawyer of the Year in Bet-the-Company Litigation of the Providence Metro Area2012 Lawyer of the Year in Appellate Practice of the Providence Metro Area
John A. Tarantino has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2017!John A. Tarantino has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2016!John A. Tarantino has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2014!John A. Tarantino has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2013!John A. Tarantino has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2012!

Practice Areas

Appellate Practice
Bet-the-Company Litigation (Appellate, Defendants, Product Liability, White-Collar Criminal Defense)
Commercial Litigation (Civil Litigation, Complex Litigation, Environmental, Mass Tort, White-Collar Criminal Defense)
Criminal Defense: White-Collar (Appellate, Civil and Criminal, Corporate Compliance, Corporate Governance, Environmental Crimes, Federal, Government Investigations, Litigation, State)
Litigation - Banking and Finance
Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions
Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants (Class Actions, Environmental, Personal Injury, Pharmaceutical, Product Liability, Toxic Tort)
Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants (Appellate, Civil Litigation, Product Liability, Professional Malpractice, Toxic Tort)
Product Liability Litigation - Defendants (Toxic Tort)