John Emerson

Personal Injury, Traumatic Brain Injury & Mass Tort Attorney

John Emerson Emerson Firm LLP Attorney

Mr. Emerson is a founding partner of Emerson Firm, PLLC and has been practicing now for forty years. He was born in Little Rock, Arkansas, and was raised there and in Houston, Texas. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Texas at Austin and his Juris Doctorate from South Texas College of Law in Houston. He was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1980 and is now admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court; U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd, 5th, and 8th Circuits; U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Southern, Eastern, and Western Districts of Texas; Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas; Western District of Washington; District of Colorado; Eastern District of Michigan; and all Texas, Washington, and Arkansas state courts.

Martindale-Hubbell, a national authority in attorney reviews and ratings, for the past 20 years has awarded Mr. Emerson the rating “AV Preeminent” – the highest possible rating for legal ability and ethical standards.  Mr. Emerson was honored by being named one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in America by the National Trial Lawyers in 2013-2020.

In his personal injury practice, Mr. Emerson served as co-counsel in a catastrophic brain injury case involving alleged malpractice by doctors and staff at CH1-St. Vincent Hot Springs. This matter was settled under a confidential agreement in 2018.

Mr. Emerson has represented plaintiffs in numerous antitrust cases –
  • In the Aluminum Warehousing Antitrust Litigation, he represents his client and named plaintiff from Arkansas, Claridge Products, and other first level purchasers in this multi-district-litigation (“MDL”). He also serves as a member of the Plaintiffs’ Counsel Steering Committee.
  • In the High Pressure Laminates Antitrust Litigation he represented plaintiffs in the direct purchaser case and in the Compact Disc Antitrust Litigation filed against the music industry in the United States.
  • Lithium Ion Batteries Antitrust Litigation
  • CRT (Cathode Ray Tube) Antitrust Litigation
  • Flash Memory Antitrust Litigation
  • GPU (Graphics Processing Units) Antitrust Litigation
  • Ocean Shipping Antitrust Litigation
  • TFT-LCD (Flat Panel) Antitrust Litigation
  • Trans-Pacific Airline Surcharge Litigation
  • Domestic Airlines Antitrust Litigation
  • Liquid Aluminum Sulfate Antitrust Litigation
  • Bridgestone Anti-Vibration Rubber Parts Antitrust Litigation
  • Interior Model Doors Antitrust Litigation.
In his privacy and data breach practice, Mr. Emerson has prosecuted cases on behalf of aggrieved consumers in the following pending or settled privacy or data breach cases –
  • In Re: Marriott International, Inc., Customer Data Security Breach Litigation, MDL No. 2879 (Dist. MD.)
  • In Re: Equifax, Inc., Customer Data Security Breach Litigation, MDL No. 2800 (N.D. GA.)
  • In Re: Anthem Healthcare Data Breach Litigation, MDL No. 2617 (N.D. Cal.)
  • In re: Premera Healthcare Data Breach Litigation, (D. OR.) MDL No. 2633
  • In re: Medical Informatics Engineering Data Breach Litigation, MDL No. 2667 (N.D. Ind.)
  • In re: Office of Personnel Management Data Breach Litigation (D.D.C.) MDL No. 2664
  • In re: Experian Data Breach Litigation (C.D.CA.) MDL No. 2676
  • In re: Vizio, Inc., Consumer Privacy Litigation (C.D.CA.)
  • In re: Banner Health Data Breach Litigation
  • In re: Valley Anesthesiology Data Breach Litigation. 
In his consumer class action practice, Mr. Emerson has represented numerous consumers in consolidated class actions in in the United States and Canada –
  • In re: Syngenta AG MIR162 Corn Litigation (MDL 2591). A global settlement of approximately $1.5 billion has been announced, but certain lawyers have filed appeals regarding the allocation of attorneys’ fees.
  • Mr. Emerson is currently prosecuting numerous class actions around the U.S. on behalf of contractors, farmers, and individual consumers  relating to allegedly defective “303” hydraulic tractor oil fluid.
 Mr. Emerson has  represented plaintiffs in numerous other class-actions including –
  • policyholders in cases against Transamerica and Lincoln Life concerning increased cost of insurance rates and/or increased monthly deductions (COI).
  • In Re: Bisphenol-A (BPA) Polycarbonate Plastic Products Liability Litigation where he served as Chairman of the Expert Witness Committee in the consolidated MDL action.
  • In the AOL Version 5.0 Software Litigation, he represented one of the named lead plaintiffs
  • In both the Gerber’s and Carter’s baby clothing litigation, he was Co-Lead Counsel for a number of parents. Both cases resolved for plaintiffs in 2013.
  • He served as a consultant to Canadian plaintiffs’ counsel in the Canadian Medtronic Pacemaker Pacing Lead Product Liability Litigation that was certified and settled in British Columbia as a Canadian national class action.
  • He acted as consultant to Canadian counsel in the Canadian Compact Disc Antitrust Litigation, the Canadian Publishers Clearing House Litigation, and the Canadian AOL 5.0 Software Litigation.

In his retirement plan practice, Mr. Emerson was appointed to the Plaintiffs’ Counsel Steering Committee by Judge Melinda Harmon, in the consolidated Enron ERISA Litigation, styled Pamela M. Tittle v. Enron Corp., et al.

In his corporate practice, Mr. Emerson has represented numerous shareholders in shareholder derivative lawsuits brought against corporate boards alleging breaches of fiduciary duties. These suits sought to impose corporate governance reforms aimed at protecting shareholders and eliminating corporate waste and abuse. Some notable cases include –

  • Computer Associates Shareholder Derivative action in the Federal District Court for the Eastern District of New York. This action was brought against the Computer Associates’ board of directors and led to the resignation of the Company’s CFO and two other senior financial officers. More importantly it established corporate governance measures that Computer Associates has since represented as the “gold standard” of governance reform.
  • In Re: Nicor, Inc. Shareholder Derivative Litigation in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois County Department, Chancery Division. This action was brought against Nicor’s board of directors and its settlement resulted in major corporate governance improvements at Nicor.
  • In Re: Cryolife Derivative Litigation pending in the Superior Court of Fulton County, Georgia. The settlement resulted in wide-sweeping corporate governance improvements at Cryolife.
  •  In re: AOL Time Warner Shareholder Derivative Litigation, which was settled in the Federal District Court for the Southern District of New York, resulted in wide ranging corporate governance and compliance changes and was recognized as a substantial factor in Time Warner’s ability to obtain $200 million from its Directors’ and Officers’ (D&O) insurance carriers.
  •  In re: Crompton (now known as Chemtura) Shareholder Derivative Litigation, which settled with Crompton’s D & O carrier, AIG, and was thereafter approved by the Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York, resulted in major corporate governance improvements.

Mr. Emerson has has 40 years of jury trial experience. He is a member of the legal fraternity Delta Theta Phi. He is also a member of The National Trial Lawyers; American Association for Justice (“AAJ”); AAJ Class Action Litigation Group; AAJ Medical Negligence Information Exchange Group; Fellow of The Pound Civil Justice Institute; Texas Trial Lawyers Association; American Bar Association (Tort and Insurance Practice and Legal Economics Sections); State Bar of Texas (Grievance Committee 4-D, Houston, 1991-94); Membership Services Committee, 1991-92); Sustaining Life Fellow Texas Bar Foundation; Bar Association for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas; Houston Bar Association; Fellow of the Houston Bar Foundation; Washington State Bar; King County Bar Association; Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association; Pulaski County Bar Association; and the Arkansas Bar Association.  Mr. Emerson was honored by the Governor of Arkansas when he was named an Arkansas Traveler, an Ambassador of Good Will on behalf of the people of the state of Arkansas to people everywhere.

Mr. Emerson is married with two children, three grandsons, and three dachshunds.  He enjoys the outdoors and has hunted and fished in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Honduras, Uruguay, Argentina, Botswana, and South Africa.  He is a member of Ducks Unlimited and is a Life Member of Safari Club International. He is also a Life Member of his University of Texas alumni group, Texas Exes.

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