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John J. McAvoy

John J. (“Jack’) McAvoy is currently of counsel to the firm of Lukas, LaFuria, Gutierrez & Sachs, LLP, where, among other things, he counsels attorneys on professional and legal ethics issues, and litigation matters.  He was a partner for 23 years at the law firm of White & Case, where in addition to handling major commercial litigation, he represented law firms and individual attorneys in legal malpractice cases, and counseled lawyers regarding alleged legal conflicts and other legal practice issues.

Born in Idaho in 1933, he graduated from the University of Idaho Law School, and then obtained an LL.M from Yale, majoring in legal philosophy and civil procedure.  He thereafter taught at the George Washington University Law School, before entering the private practice of law with White & Case, first in New York and then in the District of Columbia.

Since 2001 he has been a Commissioner for the District on the Uniform Law Commission, an important drafting source of state and D.C. law.  He has served two three-year terms on the Bar’s DC Ethics Committee, including two years as its chairman. He served as a member of the Committee on Grievances for the federal District Court.  As a volunteer mediator for the Superior and federal District Courts, he  has mediated hundreds of cases in those courts, and also mentors younger mediators. He served as a Master in a professional ethics dispute in the federal District Court.

He has lectured on professional ethics to lawyers recently admitted to the Bar. He has also taught legal ethics at the Washington College of Law at American University; and served on the faculty of Harvard Law School’s Trial Advocacy Clinics.   

His pro bono litigation has included cases at the appellate level in the constitutional areas of the First, Fourth and Fifth Amendments, effectiveness of counsel, speedy trial and death penalty.  He is admitted to the bars of the U. S. Supreme Court, five U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeal, and several trial courts.

Among his other civic activities, he has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Frederick B. Abramson Foundation, which provides college scholarships to needy and deserving DC high school graduates.

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Contact Phone: (202) 966-8544