John A. Gibbons



John Gibbons is a partner in Blank Rome’s policyholder-only insurance recovery practice, formerly the insurance practice of Dickstein Shapiro LLP. His national practice focuses on advising corporate policyholders about their insurance policy rights and recovery insurance assets, either through negotiation or trial.

John maintains a particularly active trial practice that includes serving as trial counsel for a Fortune 100 pharmaceutical company in a four-month trial, a Fortune 500 regulated utility in two separate multiweek jury trials, and a large multinational engineering services corporation in a multiweek jury trial involving more than $250 million of insurance.

In 2014, Benchmark Litigation recognized John as a “Plaintiff Litigation Star” (Washington, D.C.). Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers also recognized him in its 2014–2015 editions, and Legal 500 recommended him for his “subject-matter expertise and a business-focused approach.” He was a member of the Law360 Insurance editorial advisory board for two consecutive terms.

In the past decade, John has, through negotiations, litigation, and trial verdicts, enforced clients’ rights to more than one billion dollars’ worth of insurance. Recently, he has focused his attention on emerging areas of interest for policyholders, including risks attendant to international business operations, assertions of various forms of liability for business conduct, and product liability and environmental liability issues.

He previously served as law clerk to the Honorable Ann O’Regan Keary, associate judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia.


  • 2021, “Local Litigation Star,” listed in Benchmark Litigation
  • 2015–2021, Insurance Law in Washington, D.C., listed in Best Lawyers in America©
  • 2014–2020, Washington, D.C., “Super Lawyer” in Insurance Coverage, listed in Super Lawyers
  • 2017–2020, Insurance: Policyholder Law (DC), listed in Chambers USA
  • 2018–2019, listed in Euromoney’s Insurance and Reinsurance Expert Guide
  • 2012, 2017–2018, 2020, listed in The Legal 500 United States
  • 2014, listed in Benchmark Litigation
  • 2013, listed in Benchmark Plaintiff



  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
  • U.S. District Court - District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court - Maryland
  • United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit


  • University of Maryland, BA
  • Catholic University of America, JD