John W. Egan is a partner in the New York office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP and a member of the Labor & Employment Department. Mr. Egan represents public accommodations, employers, and housing providers in single plaintiff and class actions courts nationwide. He has successfully defended clients in matters arising under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), Title VII, Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), and all manner of state and local laws relating to civil rights.
He also has substantial experience representing clients in agency proceedings, particularly before the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, United States Department of Justice, New York State Division of Human Rights, and New York City Commission on Human Rights.
Mr. Egan’s practice has a substantial focus on disability law and its impact on public accommodations, employers, and housing providers. As a member of Seyfarth’s ADA Title III Specialty Team, he represents public accommodations nationally in matters involving architectural barriers, effective communication (e.g. captioning, documents in alternative formats, and sign language interpreters), and service animals.
He has represented a wide range of Fortune 500 companies, such as hotels, retailers, movie theatres, restaurants, automobile manufacturers, financial service providers, and property owners in ADA Title III litigation in various jurisdictions across the country, including New York, Florida, California, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Georgia, Alabama, Arizona, Texas, Nevada, and Washington.
Mr. Egan also handles class action litigation in New York and other jurisdictions involving the accessibility of websites for individuals with visual and hearing disabilities. He has expertise in addressing complex accessibility issues presented by new technologies in the increasingly on-line, on-demand economy.
In addition, Mr. Egan counsels and defends landlords, developers, condominiums and cooperatives in matters arising out of the Fair Housing Act, as well as state and municipal laws prohibiting discrimination in housing based on disability and other protected classifications.
He lectures regularly on cutting-edge disability and employment law issues, frequently contributes to Seyfarth’s ADA Title III News & Insights Blog, and has been quoted in prominent publications such as the ABA Journal, Corporate Counsel, and New York Observer.
He also serves as Chair of the Disability Law Committee of the New York City Bar Association for the 2018–2019 term. In his pro bono practice, Mr. Egan counsels and represents veterans and 9/11 First Responders in connection with applications for disability and other government benefits.
Mr. Egan also counsels clients on a wide range of employment issues, including reasonable accommodations, personnel handbooks and policies, employee discipline, leaves of absence, payment of wages, exemptions, and separation agreements. He is also a certified member of Seyfarth’s Retail Industry Client Team.
- J.D., Emory University School of Law (2006)
- Editor-in-Chief, Emory International Law Review
- B.A., State University of New York College at Geneseo (2003)
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