Lieff Cabraser attorney John Spragens has been selected to participate in the Nashville Bar Foundation Leadership Forum 2016-2017 class. The professional development program offers emerging leaders in the legal profession opportunities to learn, collaborate, network, and serve the local community and the profession.
Among other goals, the Nashville Bar Foundation (NBF) is designed to support knowledge, understanding, connection, and respect for the law among students, the general public, and the legal community. The NBF Leadership Forum encourages diversity in the practice of law and relationship building among attorneys with diverse backgrounds and practices.
About John Spragens
John is an associate in Lieff Cabraser’s Nashville office who represents plaintiffs in class action injury, consumer, and whistleblower litigation against corporations that manufacture dangerous and defective products, conspire to fix prices, and misuse taxpayer funds.
A member of the firm’s defective products and personal injury practice groups, he has represented families of deceased smokers in trials in Florida federal court against the tobacco companies for their 50-year conspiracy of misrepresenting the dangers of smoking cigarettes and for intentionally engineering the design of cigarettes to make them more addictive. In 2014, he participated in a tobacco industry trial in which a jury awarded his gravely injured client $27 million in compensatory and punitive damages.
John is a 2012 graduate of Vanderbilt University Law School, where he served as Executive Editor of the Environmental Law and Policy Annual Review. After graduating from law school, John served as a law clerk for United States District Judge Kevin H. Sharp. Prior to attending law school, John served as communications director for United States Congressman Jim Cooper and as a reporter for the Nashville Scene.