John R. Soler
Practice AreasInsurance Defense
Defense Base Act
OverviewMr. Soler has vast experience in advising and defending insurers in connection with complex, high-exposure domestic and international insurance claims under first-party property and third-party liability insurance policies. Mr. Soler’s practice also includes the defense of insurers, manufacturers, engineers and property owners in matters involving product liability. He has served as lead counsel in cases involving catastrophic loss due to product defects, fire and dust explosions. He has also served as counsel in connection with a number of catastrophic insurance losses.
Mr. Soler regularly defends government contractors and their insurers before the United States Department of Labor's judicial and administrative tribunals against claims arising under the Defense Base Act extension of the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act (DBA) and the War Hazards Compensation Act. Mr. Soler also advises domestic and foreign employers on issues related to employment contract formation to ensure compliance with the intricate nuances of the DBA and counsels insurers on complex coverage matters stemming from the DBA.
Mr. Soler also has a working knowledge of the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation (DFAR), Competition in Contracting Act (CICA), Contract Disputes Act (CDA), and Procurement Integrity Act (PIA) as these laws and regulations pertain to government contract procurement, disputes and pre- and post-award bid protests before the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), Court of Federal Claims (COFC), and government contract-issuing agencies.
Mr. Soler often speaks at legal education and professional development seminars across the country.
EducationB.A., Queens College, CUNY, 2003
J.D., St. John's University School of Law, 2007
Bar AdmissionsNew York
United States District Court, Southern District of New York
United States District Court, Central District of Illinois
United States Court of Federal Claims
Supreme Court of the United States
HonorsNew York Super Lawyers, 2013-Present
Professional AssociationsUnited States Department of Labor Joint Bar Association (DOL-JBA)
Co-Chair of the DOL-JBA Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs Committee (OWCP), 2014-2015
Co-Chair of the DOL-JBA Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs Committee (OWCP), 2013-2014
Articles & CLEAuthor, Overview of the Proposed Changes in the Rules of Practice and Procedure Before the Office of Administrative Law Judges, Publication for Annual Longshore Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana, March 2014
Panelist, Business and Client Development Skills, New York Law School, New York, New York, February 2014
Presenter, Navigating Through Ninth Circuit Anomalies, In-House Carrier Presentation, Dallas, Texas, January 2014
Presenter, Emotional and Psychological Injuries under the Longshore and Defense Base Acts, 68th Annual Workers’ Compensation Educational Conference and 25th Annual Safety & Health Conference, Orlando, Florida, August 2013
Presenter, How to Use a Labor Market Survey in Defense Base Act Cases, DBA Carrier Symposium, Dallas, Texas, May 2013
Presenter, Mitigating Costs in Defense Base Act Cases, DBA Employer Symposium, Dallas, Texas, May 2013