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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 serves as the Office Managing Member of Dykema's Grand Rapids office. John'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 as a "Top Lawyer" by Grand Rapids Magazine for 2019 and 2020

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

Recognized in Michigan Super Lawyers® for Environmental Litigation and Environmental, 2018-Present

Named a Michigan Leading Lawyer in the area of Commercial Litigation Law by the Leading Lawyers Network, 2014-2019. Law Bulletin Publishing Company

AV® Preeminent™ Rated by Martindale-Hubbell