John D. Comerford


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John Comerford handles all phases of complex, high-exposure business litigation and corporate internal investigations. He represents and counsels Fortune 500 companies, senior-level executives and government employees.

John is a first chair trial lawyer. He tries cases to verdict in state and federal courts and through any appeals. His clients include major electronic equipment suppliers, healthcare providers, large retailers, energy companies, and business owners and executives.

John also represents individuals and corporations facing government investigations, including cases involving the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the Defense Criminal Investigative Service and the EPA. He counsels clients under investigation for corporate mismanagement, mortgage fraud, bank fraud and contractor fraud, as well as alleged violations of the False Claims Act and state and federal environmental regulations.

Prior to his legal career, John was an officer in the U.S. Navy for more than seven years. He completed a tour of duty with a Navy air reconnaissance squadron, serving as mission commander during sensitive reconnaissance operations focusing on countries in the Western Pacific and Arabian Gulf areas. He then served in the White House Military Office as a watch officer and deputy director of the Presidential Emergency Operations Center in the East Wing of the White House. During law school, John worked full time as a civilian policy analyst in the Office of the Secretary of Defense and was a senior staff member of The Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics.

John is active with The BackStoppers and with veterans’ issues.  He has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The 25th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America© and has been named to the Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers list continuously since 2017.

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