John M. Harras


About John M. Harras

John joined Virginia & Ambinder, LLP as an associate in 2018 and concentrates his practice on ERISA, labor, and employment litigation.  John has litigated cases in federal and state courts, at the National Labor Relations Board, in trade-union arbitration venues, and at various administrative agencies.  In his litigation practice, John has successfully represented clients in trials, hearings, motion practice, and settlement negotiations.

Prior to joining Virginia & Ambinder, LLP, John worked for a boutique labor and employment firm, where he represented clients in all stages of litigation across various venues, negotiated collective bargaining agreements, advised clients on labor and employment laws and regulations, coordinated ERISA contributions and ERISA fund audits, and advised clients on ERISA withdrawal liability.

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.  During law school, John earned a full-tuition scholarship as a St. Thomas More Scholar, served on the St. John’s Law Review, acted as a teaching assistant, and received the Dean’s Award for Excellence in various courses and the Springer Legislative Award for obtaining the highest grade in a statutory interpretation course.  He also served as a judicial intern for the Hon. P. Kevin Castel, U.S.D.J., of the Southern District of New York and as a summer associate at Sullivan and Cromwell LLP.  

Areas of Practice

  • ERISA Litigation
  • Employment
  • Labor

Bar and Court Admissions

  • New York
  • United States Southern District of New York
  • United States Eastern District of New York
  • United States Northern District of New York


  • 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