John A. DeGasperis
John DeGasperis practices personal injury and medical malpractice law at Basch & Keegan. He has been recognized as a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers magazine. This prestigious recognition was earned by him for several major accomplishments throughout the early years of his career including numerous favorable trial verdicts in state and federal courts.
Before joining the firm, John worked as a law clerk at the New York State Attorney General’s Office. He investigated fraudulent business practices perpetrated by major corporations such as DELL, Gold’s Gym, Bank of America, and several major mortgage brokers. As a law clerk, John learned how to investigate complex legal cases and how to deal with individual consumers who had been financially injured by fraudulent business practices.
He also served as a judicial intern in the U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York. As a judicial intern, John developed a passion for trial practice and dedicated his career to being a civil litigator and trial lawyer.
During law school, John studied in Washington, D.C. as part of a “Semester in Government Program.” He was assigned by the U.S. Department of Justice to represent the United States government in contractual disputes against government contractors, and he worked on high-profile cases involving the U.S. Supreme Court building and the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars. His favorite assignments involved claims filed by disabled war veteran’s seeking disability benefits that had been wrongfully denied.
Currently John focuses his energy and expertise on the legal practice of representing individuals and families who have been seriously injured as the result of someone else’s negligence. John works tirelessly for his clients by putting in long hours at the office, critiquing and grooming his files for trial, and negotiating favorable settlements for his clients.
- Albany Law School of Union University, Juris Doctor with Honors, 2009
- Justinian Society, Member
- Albany Law Journal of Science and Technology, Editor 2007-2010
- Semester in Government Program, Washington D.C. 2008
- State University of Albany, Bachelor of Arts, 2005
- New York State
- U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York
- U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
- U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
- Law Clerk-New York State Attorney General’s Office, Commercial Division, 2008 & 2009
- Judicial Intern-U.S. Department of Justice, Commercial Division, National Courts, 2008
- Judicial Intern-U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York 2008-2009
- Associate Attorney-Law Office of Eric Schneider, PLLC 2010-2011
Professional Affiliations & Memberships
- Ulster County Bar Association, Treasurer and Board Member
- New York State Bar Association, Member
- American Association for Justice, Member
- Capital District Trial Lawyers Association, Member
- New York State Trial Lawyers Academy, Member
- Knights of Columbus
***John is the only lawyer at Basch & Keegan who handles criminal cases. He has represented criminal defendants in misdemeanor and felony courts throughout upstate New York. He has practiced in state and federal courts, although his criminal practice is mostly limited to state court matters. He has handled allegations of disorderly conduct, harassment 2nd, drug possession, unlawful possession of marijuana, unlicensed operation of a vehicle, drug sales, possession of a weapon, petit larceny, burglary, assault, unlawful surveillance, and murder. He has also acted as legal counsel for small and medium sized-businesses with respect to regulatory investigations and enforcement actions.
He most frequently appears in the Kingston City Court, Town of Ulster Justice Court, Town of Kingston Justice Court, Village of New Paltz Justice Court, Town of Saugerties Justice Court, Village of Saugerties Justice Court, Town of Lloyd Justice Court, Poughkeepsie City Court, Town of Poughkeepsie Justice Court, Village of Fishkill Justice Court, Catskill Justice Court, City of Albany Justice Court, and Ulster County Court.
Available 24 hours a day/7 days a week. Cell phone number is obtainable by calling the office and listening to the voice-message.