John H. Snyder, Esq.

Bar Admissions:
New York, Massachusetts
Harvard Law School, J.D.
Brown University, A.B., magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa
U.S. District Court, Middle District of Pennsylvania (Caputo, J.)

Professional Biography

John H. Snyder launched his own law practice in November 2010, after practicing for seven years as a litigator at Proskauer Rose LLP.  John has extensive experience litigating a wide variety of business disputes, including the representation of:

  • An internationally acclaimed singer/entertainer in an action brought by her manager and co-venturer, involving claims that, as majority owner of the closely-held LLC that held the rights to the singer’s work, the singer had breached her fiduciary duties.  (Supreme Court, New York County)

  • The trustees of a worker’s compensation trust against fiduciary duty claims brought by members of the trust.  (Supreme Court, Albany County)

  • A large banking institution against claims that it violated contractual and fiduciary duties with respect to its service as a trustee of numerous trusts.  (Supreme Court, New York County)

  • A publishing company in obtaining the complete enforcement of a senior executive's post-employment non-competition covenant, entered into in connection with the sale of the executive's business.  (Supreme Court, New York County)

  • A large retailer in five shareholder derivative lawsuits in three jurisdictions regarding alleged stock option backdating, resulting in a favorable appellate ruling on an issue of first-impression under New York law.  (Supreme Court, New York County; New Jersey State Court; U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey)

  • A major brokerage in connection with claims of securities fraud concerning the auction rate securities market.  (U.S. District Court, Southern District of NY)

  • A major brokerage in connection with a financial dispute concerning the compensation for the co-heads of a trading desk.  (JAMS Arbitration)

  • A large closely-held company and its founder in a complex dispute, litigated in three jurisdictions, concerning management rights, corporate governance and tax status.  (Supreme Court, New York and Nassau Counties; Southern District of New York)

  • A real estate developer in a partnership dispute concerning a major hotel development project.  (AAA Arbitration)

  • Numerous high level executives in connection with securities fraud claims and SEC proceedings;

  • Numerous real estate developers in connection with foreclosure actions.

In addition to his litigation practice, John serves as outside general counsel to emerging companies.

John is the secretary of the Election Law Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, and has testified before the New York State Senate regarding redistricting in New York State.  John is also a member of the State Affairs Committee of Citizens’ Union, New York’s oldest “good government” organization, and has represented Citizens’ Union in successfully advocating the constitutionality of New York City’s campaign finance law.  John has also worked as a volunteer lawyer for the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights in protecting voting rights in the state of Ohio.

John represented 13 sexual assault advocacy organizations pro bono, as amici curiae, in proposing before the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court a new rule of evidence for sexual assault cases, adopted in whole by the Court in 2008 in Commonwealth v. Murungu.

John’s pro bono work also includes representation of numerous theatrical and arts organizations.

John is a graduate of Harvard Law School and a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Brown University.

Personal Biography

John H. Snyder was born and raised on a small farm outside of Ephrata, Washington, population 5,000.  As a youngster, John was a gymnast and acrobat, performing for nine years in the renowned Wenatchee Youth Circus as a high-wire walker and trapeze artist.

While in high school, John intended to become a rancher and live his life in the dusty eastern Washington desert raising cattle and sheep.  (His first business investment was a copy of The Stockman’s Handbook, which he purchased with money earned mowing lawns for neighbors.)  However, at the urging of a school counselor, John applied for and received a scholarship to attend the Governor’s School For Student Leadership in the summer of 1994, where he was exposed to the “best and brightest” future leaders in the state – virtually all of whom intended to attend elite universities, an idea that John had never considered.

Eyes opened to the possibility of new, broader horizons, John buckled down on his studies, sat for the SATs, and applied to a dozen universities in far-off locales he had never visited.  In April 1995, John was admitted to Brown University.

While studying at Brown, John became engaged in campus politics, eventually joining and becoming president of the Brown University chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union. 

After graduating Phi Beta Kappa from Brown, John attended Harvard Law School, where he was active in the Harvard Mediation Program and studied (along with the usual fare) the great Icelandic sagas.

Following law school, John spent a year clerking for a federal judge in Scranton, Pennsylvania, then joined the law firm Proskauer Rose, where he spent seven years learning his craft from some of New York’s great commercial litigators.  On November 1, 2010, Snyder struck out on his own, opening his own law practice.

John lives in Manhattan.