About John Nonnenmacher

John Joseph Nonnenmacher is a New York State trial attorney and has been selected by his peers and colleagues as one of New York’s Super lawyers for the past seven years.

A champion wrestler and wrestling coach,  John J. Nonnenmacher is known as an aggressive opponent in the courtroom. His zealous approach to trial work has earned his clients many outstanding settlements and verdicts.

John has been featured in numerous news broadcasts and articles as an ardent advocate for many who suffered the hurt and humiliation of racial discrimination and the angst of police brutality.

John was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York and graduated from Xaverian High School in 1980.  John then went to the State University of New York at Binghamton where he graduated in 1985 with a B.A. in Psychology, a B.A. in Political Science and a Minor in Law and Society. In December of 2014, John was inducted in to Binghamton University’s Athletic Hall Of Fame for wrestling. John earned his Juris Doctorate from Brooklyn Law School in 1988.

Following law school, John was appointed by Mayor Ed Koch to the position of Assistant Corporation Counsel of the City of New York. As an attorney representing the City of New York, John successfully tried and handled hundreds of cases concerning every aspect of municipal liability including pediatric brain damage due to exposure to lead poisoning, police assaults and false arrests, civil rights violations, highway design defects, roadway and street design defects, playground cases, sexual assaults in schools and city owned buildings, negligent supervision in City owned hospitals and places of public accommodations, assaults in hospitals and other City owned buildings, playground design defects, building design defects, inadequate supervision in schools and playgrounds, inadequate security in City owned schools and buildings, negligent firefighting including burst hose cases, sports and recreation, premise liability, labor law violations, failure of EMS to timely respond to an accident and vehicular accidents involving City owned vehicles.

Following his tenure with the City of New York, John took his trial skills and warm personality to the Law Office of Bader and Yakaitis, LLP. where shortly thereafter it became Bader, Yakaitis and Nonnenmacher, LLP. During John’s twenty-five plus years with the firm, he has obtained numerous high six and seven-figure settlements and verdicts in all aspects of tort litigation including pediatric brain damage due to lead poisoning, police brutality, false arrests, civil rights violations, construction site accidents, playground accidents, sexual assaults in schools, sexual assaults in City owned and privately owned buildings, negligently designed highways, roads, buildings and playgrounds,  wrongful death, traumatic brain injuries, slip and falls, trip and falls and vehicular accidents.

During the last twenty-four years, John has not taken a jury verdict for less than $1,000,000.00 and has recently obtained a jury verdict in the amount of $3,500,000.00 in favor of a six-year-old girl who suffered a fracture to her dominant left arm following a fall from a piece of playground equipment in a City owned park that John contended was negligently designed and unsafe; a jury verdict in the amount of $1,750,000.00 for a woman falsely detained (ten minutes) and assaulted by police officers in her apartment; a jury verdict in the amount of $1,750,000.00 for a laborer who suffered a wrist  fracture as the result of falling from a ladder that was not properly braced and secured; a $950,000,.00 settlement, with only one million in coverage, for a laborer who suffered a knee injury as the result of falling from a plywood ramp at work; a $750,000.00 settlement for a laborer who suffered a knee injury while working on a roof that was scattered with ice, as well as a $3,000,000.00 verdict in favor of a pregnant parent who suffered a ruptured placenta and a knee injury following a fall on a wet staircase in a City owned school.

As a result of his successful trial record, most of John’s cases settle shortly after a jury is selected. Most recently, John settled a case involving a worker who suffered a severe ankle fracture after falling from a defective ladder for $4,500,000.00; $1,200,000.00 for a worker who suffered various injuries after falling from a ladder not properly braced and secured; a $1,000,000.00 settlement for a man assaulted by a police officer; a $750,000.00 settlement in favor of a worker who suffered an injury to his non-dominant left wrist as the result of a construction site accident; a $900,000.00 settlement for a man who fell on a wet floor in a McDonalds and a $750,000.00 settlement for a man who fell as the result of a defective condition on an interior staircase of his building.

In addition to the aforementioned, John has had numerous successful results including the following:

-$3,500,00.00 settlement in favor of a worker who suffered multiple injuries after falling from a height while dismantling a scaffold.

-$3,300,000.00 verdict for a man who suffered a head injury and soft tissue injuries to his neck and back after being struck by a falling beam at a construction site.

-$1,750,000.00 settlement in favor of a worker who suffered a fractured ankle after falling from a scaffold.

-$1,200,000.00 settlement in favor of a worker who fell from a defective scaffold.

-$1,000,000.00 settlement in favor of a worker who fell from a defective scaffold and suffered an injury to his lumbar spine.

-$950,000.00 settlement in favor of a worker who was struck on the head who was not provided with a hard hat.

-$850,000.00 settlement in favor of a worker who was not provided with goggles and suffered a non-permanent injury to one of his eyes.

-$850,000.00 settlement in favor of a worker who suffered soft tissue injuries to his neck and back following a fall from a defective scaffold.

-$850,000.00 settlement in favor of a worker who suffered a fractured ankle following a fall from an improperly erected scaffold.

-$850,000.00 settlement in favor of a worker who fell from a make shift scaffold.

-$1,750,000.00 settlement for a young girl who suffered the adverse effects of low level lead poisoning and who was also born with neonatal sepsis and other birth problems.

$950,000.00 settlement ( one million dollar policy) in favor of a young boy who suffered the adverse effects of low level lead poisoning.

$3,000,000.00 settlement in favor of twins who suffered the adverse effects of low level lead poisoning.

-$990,000.00 settlement for a young girl who suffered an open head wound following a fall from her bicycle due to a sidewalk defect.

-$2,000,000.00 verdict in favor of a fifteen year old ball who suffered a fractured ankle following a fall from his bicycle on a negligently designed skateboard ramp in a city owned park.

-$3,300,000.00 verdict in favor of a man who suffered a knee injury during a softball game on a negligently designed field in a City owned park.

-$750,000.00 settlement in favor of a man who suffered an ankle fracture as the result of falling on a concealed defect on an indoor soccer field.

-$1,000,000.00 settlement in favor of a man assaulted by a police officer.

-$450,000.00 settlement in favor of a man assaulted by an off duty police officer.

John J. Nonnenmacher $2,500,000 verdict for client who was injured in a fall from an improperly constructed scaffold.

John J. Nonnenmacher $1,500,000 verdict for a child who suffered lead poisoning after ingesting paint chips found in his parents’ rented apartment.

-$1,300,000.00 settlement for a woman assaulted by intruders in her apartment.

-$850,000.00 settlement for a woman who was assaulted in the elevator in her apartment building.

-$850,000.00 settlement for a child assaulted in the bathroom of his school.

-$500,000.00 settlement for a man who fell down broken steps and suffered a ruptured quadriceps.

As a result of this record, John has been selected by his peers and colleagues as one of New York’s Super Lawyers for the past seven years. Every year, just 5 percent of all attorneys in each state receive the honor of being selected by the Super Lawyers research team. Super Lawyers is an attorney rating system that rates lawyers in 70 different practice areas. The research team identifies those lawyers who have garnered both substantial recognition from their peers and achievement in their practice area. The Supers Lawyers selection process is multi-phased, involving a survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation, and a final selection by a Super Lawyers panel. The annual list of Super Lawyers is published nationally in Super Lawyers Magazines and other publications throughout the United States.

John spends 95 percent of his time in court and has selected more than 1,000 juries. John is either on trial or preparing to be on one.John tries cases in both state and Federal Court and has tried cases in Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens, Manhattan, Suffolk County, Nassau County, Central Islip and Westchester.

John is a member of many legal organizations and presently sits on the Board of Directors for the New York State Trial Lawyers Association. As a member of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association John has given lectures to other lawyers on the following topics: Municipal Liability, Sports and Recreation, The Liability of The Board of Education and Negligent Supervision.

John handles all aspects of tort litigation and is considered by his peers and colleagues as an expert in the following fields: pediatric brain damage due to lead ingestion, construction site accidents, negligent security resulting in wrongful death and assaults, negligent supervision in schools and playgrounds, police brutality and false arrests, all aspects of municipal liability, sports and recreational accidents, all aspects of premises liability and code enforcement and defectively designed highways, roadways, buildings, parks and playgrounds. John also handles medical malpractice cases and products liability.

In addition to handling all aspects of tort litigation, John also handles cases involving commercial litigation, sexual harassment, employment discrimination, civil rights violations and exclusion from places of public accommodation due to race.

John is presently a partner and senior trial attorney at Bader, Yakaitis and Nonnenmacher, LLP and his office is located at 1430 Broadway, New York, New York.

John is very involved in his community. He is a committee person in Chatham and sits on the Board of Education (both elected positions). John is also the President and Head Coach of the Chatham Wrestling Club as well as the President of the Chatham Adult Soccer Club. In addition to this John sits on the Chatham Recreation’s Advisory Committee and was once the Cub Master for Pack 24 in Chatham. John also coaches wrestling, soccer, flag football and baseball. John, an NCAA  All American Wrestler, is also a mixed martial artist and holds belts in Judo, Muay Thai Kickboxing, Tae Kwon Do and Jiu Jitsu.

Contact John directly at jnonnenmacher@bynlaw.com or ( 212) 465-1110.

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2 Responses

  1. If the city of NY had the proper safety signage or hazardous warning properly documented on the playground equipment would they still have been liable for over $3,000,000?

  2. Maybe. In Carrasquillo, the City of New York decided to demolish an existing park and playground to build a new one to bring it within the safety guidelines contained within the Consumer Product Safety Commissions guidelines for playground safety. There are two guidelines that require rungs of ladders to be slip resistant under wet conditions. The City adopted this guideline as a standard and their contract contained a specification (requirement) that the playground equipment comply with the standards contained within the CPSC guidelines and that the rungs of ladders be slip resistant. Now, the City in reconstructing this park, installed a huge sprinkler system in close proximity to the steel playground equipment. The ladders in this case went up 10 feet in height. Thus, a child would climb a metal ladder 10 feet before reaching the top of the playground equipment. The City conceded that this “conflict of activities” invited children to the park to get wet in the sprinkler and then climb a 10 foot metal ladder that was concededly slippery when wet and therefore dangerous to a young child. Of course the City failed to comply with the standard they adopted for the safety of children and the ladder rungs were not slip resistant. There were no signs warning of the conflicting activities or that the ladders would be slippery when wet. Now, the existence of signs might have exonerated the City for designing the park with the conflicting activities. However, signs may not have exonerated the City for failing to comply with a safety standard they themselves adopted for the safety of children but it probably would have swayed the jury. We put up signs, what more could we have done. I hope this answers your question.

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