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• John A. Kaniewski







John A. KaniewskiJohn A. Kaniewski is a Senior Trial Counsel in WFBM’s Southern California Environmental Department.  His practice focuses on environmental litigation with an emphasis on asbestos, toxic torts, and products liability.  John is a highly experienced and successful litigator with 30 Superior Court trials.  Many of these trials have involved multi-million dollar exposure against some of the top plaintiffs’ attorneys in the country.  The subject matter of these trials has been quite varied and includes products liability, premises liability, general negligence, invasion of privacy, and slander.

Prior to coming to WFBM, John spent more than 20 years in private practice and several more years as staff counsel for 2 major commercial liability insurance carriers.  He obtained his bachelor’s degree in political science (magna cum laude) from Loyola Marymount University in 1979 and graduated from Loyola Law School in 1983.

John is a native Southern Californian.  After graduating from St. Anthony High School where he was student body president, John put himself through college by working as the assistant manager of a racquetball club.  John and his wife, Cheryl, have been married for 32 years.  Shortly after getting married and while John was in law school, they worked together as Directors of Youth and Young Adult Ministries at a Catholic parish in Orange County.  They are both still heavily involved in their church in many roles including the choir. In 2007, John (a bass), Cheryl (an alto), and their daughter, Katie (a second soprano), toured with the choir through Italy where they performed in the Vatican and several cathedrals as well as in concert with the Vatican Orchestra.  John was also a coach on Katie’s travel softball team which finished second in the state.  John and Cheryl are particularly proud of Katie who recently graduated summa cum laude from John’s alma mater, LMU.  In their spare time, John and his family enjoy the “homework” from Cheryl’s classes in culinary arts and spend as much time as possible in the Sierras.