John Owens Jr. serves as legal counsel to a Justice of the New York State Supreme Court. In this role, John advises justice on a wide range of commercial disputes related to real property, construction projects, insurance coverage, business torts, shareholder, and investor questions. Prior to this appointment, John served as Agency Counsel at the New York City Board of Elections, where he provided legal advice to the Commissioners of Elections and senior agency officials on a wide range of matters relating to ballot access and the administration of elections. John began his legal career as an Assistant District Attorney in the Bronx County District Attorney’s Office.
John currently serves as chair of the New York City Bar Association’s New York City Affairs Committee. He served as chair of the New York State Bar Association’s General Practice Section and is a member of the section’s Election Law and Government Affairs Committee. John is a member of the Board of Directors for the Fordham Law Alumni Association.
John received his J.D. from Fordham University School of Law and earned a B.S. in criminal justice (cum laude) and an M.A. in sociology from St. John’s University. John was admitted to practice in New York [Appellate Division, First Department] in 2005. He is admitted to practice in the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.