John W. McDermott is a Partner in Harwood Lloyd’s Insurance Litigation and Commercial Departments, concentrating in commercial litigation. Mr. McDermott has engaged in all aspects of commercial and insurance litigation including but not limited to loans, mortgage foreclosures, bankruptcies, fraud and personal injury defense.

Mr. McDermott received his B.S. in Economics, magna cum laude, from St. Peter’s College in 2003.. He received his J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law in 2008. While at Seton Hall, Mr. McDermott was a member of the Appellate Advocacy Moot Court Board and aided in  drafting semester assignments which highlighted current discrepancies in federal appellate circuit court decisions. Additionally, Mr. McDermott authored, “Growth Attenuation in the Profoundly Developmentally Disabled: A therapeutic Option or a Socioeconomic Convenience” which was published in the Seton Hall Legislative Journal.

Mr. McDermott clerked for the Hon. Mark M. Russello, Judge, Superior Court of New Jersey, Law Division, Bergen County during the 2008-2009 term.

Prior to joining Harwood Lloyd, Mr. McDermott worked for New York Life Insurance Company in Manhattan. He is actively involved in the community and has participated in and arranged various pro bono projects through the New Jersey State Bar Association.

Mr. McDermott is admitted to practice before the courts of the State of New Jersey (2008), the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey (2008), and the courts of the State of New York (2009).

Mr. McDermott is a member of the American Bar Association, New Jersey State Bar Association, and Bergen County Bar Association.



  • Saint Peter’s College (B.S. 2003) magna cum laude


  • Seton Hall Law School (J.D. 2008)



  • New Jersey, 2008
  • New York, 2009


  • New Jersey, 2008
  • United States District Court,District of New Jersey, 2008
  • New York, 2009
  • Hon. Mark M. Russello, J.S.C., 2008-2009



  • American Bar Association
  • New Jersey State Bar Association
  • Bergen County Bar Association


  • Pro Bono, “Wills for Heroes Foundation” run through New Jersey Bar Association,Young Lawyers Division