John W. Leardi

Member of the Firm

Mr. Leardi is a 2004 cum laude graduate of the Seton Hall University School of Law, where he served as an editor of the Seton Hall Law Review and won the Eugene R. Gressman Moot Court Competition. He is admitted to practice in New York, New Jersey, and Michigan.

Mr. Leardi joined Buttaci & Associates, LLC in October 2005 as a Member, resulting in the Firm changing its name to Buttaci & Leardi, LLC, and served as the Managing Member of the Firm from January 2012 to September 2014. Today, he co-manages the Firm’s Civil Litigation practice and manages the Firm’s Health IT practice.

Mr. Leardi represents a diverse range of individual and institutional healthcare clients in both adversarial and transactional matters arising out of their business dealings and contracts. To that end, he regularly handles matters related to: corporate formation, restructuring, and dissolution; commercial contracts and leases; employer/employee relations; restrictive covenants; insurance coverage and reimbursement; business torts; administrative and regulatory compliance; health information technology; and the protection of confidential and proprietary information.

Mr. Leardi’s litigation practice includes a special emphasis on representing healthcare providers in reimbursement disputes, including: post payment audits; overpayment disputes and litigation; insurance fraud investigations and prosecutions; claims for unpaid or underpaid benefits; and facility rate-setting appeals. Because of his knowledge of private insurance reimbursement, Mr. Leardi supports the Firm’s role as co-counsel in several class action lawsuits aimed at protecting both patients and providers from the financial abuses of some managed care companies.

Mr. Leardi’s transactional practice is devoted primarily to serving as outside General Counsel to healthcare organizations, including: single-specialty “super-groups,” multi-specialty practice groups, organized delivery systems, payment clearinghouses, licensed facilities, clinical laboratories, durable medical equipment suppliers, group purchasing organizations, healthcare IT companies, management service organizations, and third-party billing services.

Because of his substantial experience in defending providers facing regulatory and payer scrutiny, Mr. Leardi has developed a substantial risk management practice, providing baseline compliance auditing to providers of all types and sizes, and assisting in implementing plans of corrective action, when needed.

Mr. Leardi has published numerous articles on healthcare compliance and healthcare reimbursement-related issues, routinely lectures to physicians, residents, and students on medical practice management, is a Fellow and regular contributor to the American Academy of Podiatric Practice Management (AAPPM), was named a “Rising Star” in Health Law by New Jersey Monthly in 2013, 2014, and 2015, and a “Super Lawyer” in Health Law in 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, and 2022.

Prior to co-founding Buttaci Leardi & Werner LLC, Mr. Leardi worked as an Associate Attorney at Porzio, Bromberg & Newman, P.C., in Morristown, NJ. While at Porzio, the principal focus of Mr. Leardi’s practice was defending Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Manufacturers in Product Liability and Consumer Fraud Litigation at the trial and appellate levels.

Outside of his law practice, Mr. Leardi serves as the Firm’s Financial Director.

Mr. Leardi lives in Freehold, NJ with his wife, Katherine, and two sons, Steven Michael and John Rocco. You will often find him on the beach, on the golf course, or on the sporting clay course. He is a self-proclaimed wine snob, and he knows his way around the kitchen. His love of the New York FOOTBALL Giants is borderline fanatical.

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