John Darda is a member of Maslon's Litigation Group and Construction Law Group and focuses his practice primarily on construction law, product liability, insurance law, and complex litigation. John is a cum laude graduate of the University of St. Thomas School of Law in Minneapolis, Minnesota and earned his bachelor's degrees in journalism and communication studies with distinction from the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa.

Before entering the legal profession, John was a reporter and editor for community newspapers in Iowa. His work there earned him Best News Story and Runner-up Best News Story awards in 2001 from the Iowa Newspaper Association.

Selected Experience

  • In re: Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis (Bankr. D. Minn. 2015). Assisted with the representation of the Committee of Parish Creditors, comprised of over 100 parishes facing hundreds of clergy abuse claims, in the Archdiocese Chapter 11 reorganization. Obtained tens of millions of dollars in insurance coverage settlements under missing insurance policies, which settlements were part of the $210 million settlement of Archdiocese and Parish clergy abuse claims, and represented the largest settlement by a diocese in bankruptcy to date in the United States.
  • Lead associate on team representing design engineers for three-year, multimillion-dollar litigation following collapse of I-35W Bridge in Minneapolis.
    • In re Individual 35W Bridge Litig., 786 N.W.2d 890 (Minn. Ct. App. 2010)
    • In re Individual 35W Bridge Litig., 806 N.W.2d 820 (Minn. 2011)
  • Co-counsel for two-week arbitration hearing in construction contract dispute.
  • Represented project owners against insurers through appraisal following catastrophic fire loss.
  • Co-counsel for ten-day arbitration hearing in corporate breach of contract dispute.
  • Represented medical device manufacturer in multidistrict product liability litigation.
  • Represented corporate client defending claims of breach of fiduciary duty in multiple states.
Pro Bono:
  • Ex parte Armstrong (Tex. Crim. App. 2017). Member of team of Maslon lawyers serving as pro bono counsel for Douglas Tyrone Armstrong, a Texas death row inmate convicted of capital murder in 2006. The team successfully secured the vacation of Armstrong's death sentence by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals.

Professional Activities

American Bar Association
Federal Bar Association – Minnesota Chapter
Minnesota State Bar Association
Hennepin County Bar Association

Pro Bono Activities

ABA Pro Bono Death Penalty Representation: Ex parte Armstrong (Tex. Crim. App. 2017)


Attorney of the Year, Minnesota Lawyer, 2018

Light of Justice Award, Texas Defender Service, 2018


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Minneapolis, MN 55402
Bar Admissions
Minnesota, 2007
U.S. District Court
  • Minnesota, 2008
University of St. Thomas School of Law
J.D., cum laude, 2007
University of Iowa
B.A., with distinction, 1999
Majors: Journalism, Communication Studies


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