John M. Harras


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About John M. Harras

John M. Harras represents multiemployer benefit plans and workers in litigation matters principally arising under ERISA, the Labor Management Relations Act (“LMRA”), and anti-discrimination statutes. John has successfully represented clients in numerous trials and hearings in federal and state courts. He also represents multiemployer benefit plans as creditors in bankruptcy proceedings and advises the boards of trustees of multiemployer benefit plans on compliance with their fiduciary duties.

Prior to joining Virginia & Ambinder, LLP, John worked for a boutique labor and employment firm where he represented clients in all stages of litigation in courts and administrative agencies.  

John graduated cum laude from St. John’s University School of Law and received his undergraduate degree cum laude from the College of William and Mary.  He served as a judicial intern for the Hon. P. Kevin Castel, U.S.D.J., of the Southern District of New York and worked as a summer associate at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP. 

Areas of Practice

  • ERISA Litigation
  • Labor
  • Employment

Bar and Court Admissions

  • New York
  • New Jersey
  • United States Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
  • United States Southern District of New York
  • United States Eastern District of New York
  • United States Northern District of New York
  • United States District of New Jersey
  • United States Bankruptcy Courts for EDNY, SDNY, and DNJ


  • St. John’s University School of Law
    • J.D., cum laude
    • Honors:
      • St. John’s Law Review
      • St. Thomas More Scholar
      • Dean’s Award for Excellence in Civil Procedure, Legal Analysis & Writing, and Torts
      • Springer Legislative Award Recipient
  • College of William and Mary
    • B.A., cum laude
    • Honors:
      • Dean’s List
      • Harry L. Carter Scholarship Recipient
      • Kappa Sigma Scholarship-Leadership Award Recipient


  • Suspicious Suspect Classes—Are Nonimmigrants Entitled to Strict Scrutiny Review Under the Equal Protection Clause? An Analysis of Dandamudi and LeClerc, 88 ST. JOHN’S L. REV. 849 (Fall 2014).