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John C. Dearie


John C. Dearie



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Admissions / Courts

  • New York
  • Southern District of New York
  • Eastern District of New York


  • University of Notre Dame
  • Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University
  • New York University School of Law


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.