John Tierney began his career as an Assistant District Attorney in Bronx County, New York wherein he was promoted to Trial Assignment Part I (TAP I) leader and then to the position of Designated Felony Liaison for Juvenile Offenders. In this role, he successfully prosecuted and tried dozens of gang-related assaults and robberies, felony gun possession cases, conducted felony interrogations, and successfully prosecuted a multiple defendant rape trial. He finished his tenure in the Narcotics Trial Bureau.
In private practice, as a result of the strong investigative and trial experience obtained early in his career, John specialized in Civil Litigation Defense and built the Tierney Law Group, LLC from the ground up, since 2002. Now part of the Javerbaum Wurgaft Team, his unit will continue to be based upon a deeply held conviction – Endeavor in Excellence.
The essence of our team has always been the ongoing pursuit and expectation of excellence. Day by day, and case by case, this conviction sets the standard for our conduct and the upbeat tempo of the firm ethic. We act upon the bedrock tenets of relentless advocacy and client service at reasonable and fully disclosed rates.
Previously, John Tierney and his team specialized in Civil Defense matters on behalf of Fortune 500, Self-Insured companies, and Major Insurance companies. Uniquely successful in dozens of trials in both New Jersey and New York, and in several areas of law, John prides himself on strategic, tactical, and effective trial advocacy through preparation and passion. He endeavors continually to demonstrate “Excellence in the Great Issues, through Excellence in the details.”
Now merged with Javerbaum Wurgaft Hicks Kahn Wikstrom & Sinins, P.C., the team will focus on Self-Insured Civil Defense, Civil Litigation, Commercial Litigation, and Criminal Defense matters. Specifically, John Tierney, and his team, now at Javerbaum Wurgaft, have been uniquely successful in the defense of General Liability and Premises Liability matters, Products liability actions, Construction accidents, strip malls, commercial owners, and property managers, non-profit charitable, religious and educational institutions, and Title 59 actions against municipalities. John has also obtained outstanding results in a vast array of civil litigation, commercial litigation, coverage, and criminal defense matters.
John Tierney was Lead Counsel in the development of a seminal area of New Jersey Law on the issue of damages, as reported in Philip Kozma v. Starbucks Coffee Company, 412 N.J. Super. 319 (App. Div. 2010) as well as Lead Counsel in the “Coffee Wars” in New Jersey on behalf of a Fortune 500 Coffee Retailer. Nationwide, he has presented to self-insured, Fortune 500 companies and major Insurance carriers concerning Investigative techniques in defense of Liability as well as Defense of High Exposure, Complex damages cases.
- New Jersey State Bar
- New York State Bar
- America's Top 100 Attorney's Lifetime Achievement (Civil Litigation/New Jersey)
- The National Top 100 Trial Lawyers (Criminal Defense)
John, known commonly as "Jay," has coached youth football for many years. He also contributes to the Wounded Warriors Project, Market Street Mission, and the Community Foodbank of New Jersey.