John’s practice is concentrated in complex litigation, particularly on antitrust, commercial, employment, insurance coverage and product liability matters. He is also recognized as a leading national authority on nanotechnology issues. John Monica is partner-in-charge of the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. 

John’s extensive experience crosses a variety of industries, particularly agriculture, pharmaceuticals, chemicals and consumer products. He has represented agricultural producers and automobile parts manufacturers in federal multidistrict litigation cases involving distinct and unique litigation issues. He has also advised clients with Capper-Volstead Act compliance and monitors cooperative and trade association meetings and activities to ensure adherence to state and federal antitrust laws.

John provides clients with preventative liability and antitrust counseling for assigned groups, including reviewing agendas, minutes and other communications materials. His experience also includes contract drafting and negotiating, as well as dispute resolution. He has managed consortia of companies to advance their environmental advocacy positions with EPA, FDA, CPSC and state equivalents. In this context, John has coordinated with clients on matters of legal importance, and built and maintained positive and results oriented relationships with regulators, stakeholders, clients and relevant third parties. In John’s nanotechnology work, he regularly provides clients with legal and policy advice related to key regulatory, litigation and legislative issues. He is a well-known publisher, speaker and media resource on issues related to a variety of issues facing the chemical and nanotechnology industries. John also analyzes advertising, promotional and other communications to ensure compliance with health and safety guidelines and business/advocacy positions. He has developed and written regulatory comments, position papers and other detailed advocacy documents to assist clients in navigating the regulatory arena.

John regularly speaks on antitrust, nanotechnology, high-tech, and chemical issues, and can be followed on Twitter @nanolaw. He is also a contributing author to the firm's Technology Law Source blog focusing on nanotechnology issues.


  • The George Washington University Law School  (J.D., with honors, 1991)
  • Northwestern University  (B.A., 1987)

Bar Admissions

  • Virginia
  • Maryland
  • District of Columbia
  • Ohio (Inactive)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

Professional Associations

  • Virginia State Bar, Antitrust Franchise & Trade Regulation Section
  • Maryland State Bar Association, Agricultural Law Section
  • District of Columbia Bar, Antitrust and Consumer Law Section
  • American Bar Association, Section of Antitrust Law, Agriculture and Trial Litigation Committees
  • American National Standards Institute (ANSI), Technical Advisory Group to the International Standards Organization, Technical Committee 229 - Nanotechnologies
  • ASTM International, Committee E56 on Nanotechnology, Member
  • Society for Risk Analysis
  • City of Cambridge, Massachusetts, Nanotechnology Advisory Panel
  • American Agriculture Law Association


  • The Economist, The Future of Materials Summit, Advisory Board, 2017