John P. McConnell

Senior Counsel

[email protected]

Phone: (646) 993-4438

Fax: (212) 218-8761

When you listen, it’s amazing what you can learn. When you act on what you have learned, it's amazing what you can change.

- Audrey McLaughlin



John is Senior Counsel in the Litigation Practice Group and a member of the Insurance/Reinsurance Industry Team.

He has more than 20 years experience handling complex reinsurance and insurance-related disputes for reinsurers, insurers and liquidators. John has represented clients in disputes involving coverage, allocation of loss, following obligations, construction of occurrence, event and aggregation provisions, attachment, limits and exhaustion and ECO and XPL liability. Clients rely upon John, and his deep knowledge of reinsurance and insurance law and practice, for legal and commercial solutions to complex reinsurance and insurance-related disputes.

John has also represented guaranty funds, state agencies, franchisors and energy companies in a range of commercial disputes.

Prior to joining Freeborn, John was a Principal at Hargraves, McConnell & Costigan, P.C., which combined with Freeborn in 2017.

Representative Matters

Representative Matters

  • Successfully challenged New York State Department of Financial Services determination excluding surety bonds from priority under statute governing claims against insolvent insurers; secured priority classification for $20 million claim under workers compensation surety.

  • Obtained summary judgment in favor of reinsurer dismissing $40 million fraudulent conveyance claim asserted by New York State Department of Financial Services as liquidator of insolvent New York cedent.

  • Obtained multi-million dollar summary judgment award on behalf of co-generation power facility on claim for property damage and business interruption loss resulting from catastrophic failure of steam-turbine generator.