John C. Dearie

John C. Dearie
John C. Dearie Playing Basketball


John C. Dearie was born and raised in the East Bronx neighborhood of Parkchester. He attended Manhattan Prep High School in Riverdale, after which John was offered and accepted a full athletic scholarship to play basketball at the University of Notre Dame. At Notre Dame, John earned three Monograms as a first team forward for the Varsity Basketball team, and graduated with a major in Accounting.

After Notre Dame, John earned a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) degree in Finance and Marketing from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in Chicago, followed by a Doctor of Jurisprudence (J.D.) from New York University School of Law.

John has been married to Katherine (Kitty) Krug for 35 years.

United Nations Secretariat

From 1969-1972, John worked at the United Nations Secretariat in New York City.  At the U.N., John spent one year each working on the World Conference on Human Environment, Latin American Aid and the Law of the Sea Conference.

New York State Assembly

From 1973-1992, John was elected ten times to the New York State Assembly, and served as a State Assemblyman, representing his home borough of the Bronx.  Over John’s twenty year tenure in the State Assembly, he earned a reputation as an extremely active spokesman of, and representative for, hundreds of local community organizations and was a vocal proponent of resolving ongoing neighborhood issues.

During John’s career in the Assembly, he was Chairman of the Committee on Cities, Ways and Means Committee, Housing Committee and Aging Committee, and was the sponsor or co-sponsor of countless    legislation.

Irish American Presidential Forums

Throughout the Irish-American community, John is recognized for having organized four Irish American Presidential Forums during Presidential election years.  Presidential candidates appeared at the forums to officially indicate their stances on Irish issues, including America’s role in the search for peace in Northern Ireland.  At the 1992 Irish American Presidential Forum, then-candidate Bill Clinton committed to appointing a United States Special Envoy for Northern Island.  After winning the election, President Clinton did just that, appointing Senator George Mitchell, who is widely credited as the prime catalyst in achieving the peace model known today as the Good Friday Agreement.

The Dearie Law Firm, P.C.

Thirty years ago, in 1987, John founded the Law Offices of John C. Dearie, with offices in midtown Manhattan and the northwest Bronx.  Recently, the firm’s name was changed to The Dearie Law Firm, P.C.

In three decades, John’s firm has represented thousands of individuals who have been wrongly injured, whether from construction site accidents, exposure to asbestos, motor vehicle accidents or medical malpractice.  John attributes the firm’s success to constantly expanding expert legal knowledge, devotion to client service and constant communication with everyone we represent.

9/11 Victim Compensation Fund

Since 2011, The Dearie Law Firm has represented hundreds of police officers, firefighters, utility workers, transit workers, and volunteers, in claims to the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund.   Under the Reauthorized Zadroga Bill, passed by Congress in 2015, individuals exposed to the post-9/11 toxic environment can still file new claims to the $7 Billion Victim Compensation Fund.

Mobile Law Office Program

A highly visible client service feature of the Dearie Law Firm are the firm’s three Mobile Law Offices.  Our Mobile Law Offices, first started in 1998, “Drive Legal Services Right To Your Doorstep”.   These mobile units have been to virtually every one of the Big Apple’s 500+ neighborhoods.   The goal of our Mobile Law Office program is to assist injured clients who would otherwise have difficulty traveling to one of our permanent offices.  Amid brass fixtures, mahogany furniture, and state-of-the-art technology, a client can receive legal services from The Dearie Law Firm right in front of their front door.

John P. Dearie

John P Dearie

John P. Dearie is a graduate of Regis High School, The University of Notre Dame, and St. John’s University School of Law.  After working at a corporate law firm in New York City for two years following law school graduation, he joined The Dearie Law Firm in 2011.

John represents injured New Yorkers in third-party negligence litigations, as well as first responders, workers, volunteers and residents in claims to the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund.