A lifelong Nashvillian, John Spragens represents plaintiffs in class action and whistleblower litigation against corporations that manufacture dangerous and defective products, conspire to fix prices, and misuse taxpayer funds. A member of the Lieff Cabraser’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.
John is currently actively involved in the vast multidistrict litigation against the pharmaceutical industry for its part in creating the nationwide opioid epidemic. In recent years, John has also represented robocall victims in cases under the federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), with one such case leading to a $10.5 million settlement in 2017. In 2014, John participated in a tobacco industry trial in which a jury awarded his gravely injured client $27 million in compensatory and punitive damages.
Chosen by the American Bar Association as a “Top 40 Young Lawyer” for 2018, he was named to the National Trial Lawyers “Top 100” Tennessee Lawyers and as a Super Lawyers “Rising Star” for the Mid-South in 2016, 2017, and 2018. In 2018, John was appointed to the adjunct faculty at Vanderbilt Law School to teach “The Practice of Aggregate Litigation” as part of the school’s 2018-2019 academic year.
John previously served as communications director to U.S. Congressman Jim Cooper; law clerk to the Hon. Kevin H. Sharp, Former Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee; and a healthcare fraud attorney at Bass, Berry & Sims PLC. He is active in the Nashville community, where he serves on the Nashville Bar Foundation Leadership Forum Steering Committee.