John J. Hession

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Top Rated Transportation & Maritime Attorney in New York, NY

Dougherty Ryan Giuffra Zambito & Hession
 | 250 Park Avenue, 7th Floor
New York, NY 10177
Phone: 646-475-3606
Fax: 646-485-5630
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2013
Licensed Since: 1981
Education: New York Law School
Practice Areas:
  • Transportation/Maritime (40%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (30%),
  • Insurance Coverage (20%),
  • Construction Litigation: Business (10%),
  • Employment Litigation: Plaintiff (0%),
  • Insurance Coverage (0%)
Attorney Profile

John Hession is an attorney at Dougherty, Ryan, Giuffra, Zambito & Hession, Inc., in New York, New York. Mr. Hession focuses his practice on maritime, construction, motor vehicle, premises liability and personal injury law, and serves clients throughout the New York metropolitan area.

Mr. Hession holds a bachelor’s degree from Columbia University and earned his law degree from New York Law School. He has been licensed to practice law since 1981 and has more than 38 years of experience.

In addition to being licensed to practice in all New York state courts, Mr. Hession is admitted before various federal courts. These include the U.S. Supreme Court,  U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 6th and 11th Circuits.

Mr. Hession handles personal injury matters involving maritime, construction, premises liability,  motor vheicle cases, insurance coverage and products liability, in addition to his insurance defense practices. He has also been involved in the acquisition of insurance companies and has litigated matters involving charter parties, hull and collision, and recreational boating accidents, as well as the merger and acquisition of "small cap" insurance companies in New York.

Mr. Hession is an active member of his legal community. He belongs to professional organizations including the American Bar Association, the Maritime Law Association and the New York City Bar Association. 

Mr. Hession also serves as General Counsel for the Jones Beach Lifeguard Union, and is the "Maritime" attorney for the City of Glen Cove.  He has spoken on various marine-related topics over the course of his career.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Transportation/Maritime (40%)

Personal Injury - General (30%): Personal Injury - Plaintiff

Insurance Coverage (20%)

Construction Litigation (10%)

Employment Litigation (0%)

Insurance Coverage (0%)

Focus Areas

Personal Injury - Plaintiff


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Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2013

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About John Hession

Admitted: 1981, New York

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Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Maritime Law Association of the United States, Proctor
  • American Bar Association
  • The Association of the Bar of the City of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Eleventh Circuit, 1986
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Sixth Circuit, 1986
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Third Circuit, 1988
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Second Circuit, 1981
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York, 1981
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 1981
  • New York, 1981

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • United States Power Squadron, 1st Lt., National Law Committee, 1995-Present
  • United States Lifesaving Association


  • Healy v. City of New York was settled for 8.75 million dollars and was the largest settlement the City of New York ever paid in a wrongful death case and arose out of the Staten Island ferry disaster om 10/15/03., 2008

Educational Background:

  • Columbia University, B.A., 1977

Industry Groups

  • MICA
  • MLA
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Office Location for John J. Hession

250 Park Avenue
7th Floor
New York, NY 10177

Phone: 646-475-3606

Fax: 646-485-5630

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Last Updated: 2/8/2019

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