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John A. Ferroli Member

Areas of Practice


Bar Admissions

  • Michigan, 1983
  • California, 1991

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan
  • U.S Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court


University of Notre Dame, J.D.

University of Notre Dame, B.A., magna cum laude

John A. Ferroli's practice consists of the litigation of a wide variety of environmental, regulatory, commercial, real estate, insurance, and tort matters, and the handling of claims, enforcement and transactions involving such matters. Mr. Ferroli co-chairs the Fracking Team of the Firm's Energy Industry Group and serves on the Firm's Recruiting Committee.


  • Litigation of federal and state environmental cost recovery and contribution claims
  • Litigation and advice regarding a broad variety of environmental matters, including agency enforcement, permitting, insurance coverage, administrative penalties and fines, administrative agency decisions, entity dissolution, successor and parent liability, and property access
  • Defense of claims (including class actions) for damages to real estate and property value caused by environmental contamination
  • Representing groups of industrial entities as common counsel at large Superfund sites
  • Transactions involving environmentally impaired real estate
  • Litigation of diverse commercial cases involving contracts, trade secrets, entity dissolution, real estate, securities, eminent domain, antitrust, construction, government contracts, non-competition agreements, and telecommunications
  • Advice and litigation regarding personal injury, property damage, product liability and wrongful death claims
  • Defense of ERISA and accidental death insurance benefits claims
  • Defense of FIFRA violations and penalty actions
  • Advice regarding state regulation of high volume hydraulic fracturing

Glenn v. Valero Energy Corporation, 2014 Mich. App. LEXIS 1212, 2014 WL 2871394 (Michigan Court of Appeals, June 24, 2014)

Memberships & Involvement

  • American Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • American Bar Association, Member; Section Memberships: Litigation, Environmental Law, and Negligence Law; Committee Memberships: Business and Corporate Litigation, Environmental Litigation and Toxic Torts, Environmental Transactions and Brownfields, Superfund and Natural Resource Damages Litigation, and Insurance Coverage Litigation 
  • State Bar of Michigan, Member; Standing Committee on United States Courts, Member, appointed in 2006 and named Chair for the 2012-2013 bar year; Section Memberships: Litigation, Environmental Law, Negligence Law
  • State Bar of California, Member; Section Memberships: Environmental Law
  • Grand Rapids Bar Association, Member; Section Memberships: Litigation, Environmental Law
  • Federal Bar Association, Western Michigan Chapter, Member
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI), Member

Community/Civic Activities

  • Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce, Center for Community Leadership, Council Member, 2009-2013
  • Leadership Grand Rapids, Class of 2004
  • Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce, Center for Community Leadership, Leadership Advantage Class of 2009
  • Hillman Trial Advocacy Program, Steering Committee, 2008-present

Named "Lawyer of the Year" in Grand Rapids for Litigation - Environmental by Best Lawyers® for 2015

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2010-Present for Environmental Law and Environmental Litigation. Copyright 2015 by Woodward/White, Inc., Aiken, SC

Named a Michigan Leading Lawyer in the areas of  Commercial Litigation  Law by the Leading Lawyers Network, 2014-2017. Law Bulletin Publishing Company

AV® Preeminent™ Rated by Martindale-Hubbell