Forty years ago, Jack Dema chose a different path. While most young lawyers took jobs defending big corporations, Jack founded his own law firm with a singular mission: to help victims of corporate misconduct.
A skilled trial lawyer, Jack has tirelessly advocated for workers exposed to toxic chemicals, stood up for consumers harmed by defective products, fought for the rights of minorities in the workplace, and helped clients recover hundreds of millions of dollars from companies that have polluted public natural resources. Throughout his career, he has forced companies to compensate the people, small businesses, and communities they have harmed.
Today, Jack primarily concentrates on environmental, products liability, and toxic torts litigation. He is a pioneer in natural resource damage (“NRD”) litigation on behalf of state and territorial governments that hold natural resources in trust for the benefit of the public. His representation of the Government of the U.S. Virgin Islands in the Tutu Wells litigation, in which he was able to recover millions of dollars from companies that had contaminated the largest aquifer in St. Thomas, has been cited as the first known instance of a state or territory retaining private counsel on a contingent fee basis to litigate NRD claims.
The firm has secured more than $300 million for state and territorial governments, including New Jersey, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, making Jack the go-to attorney for natural resource trustees seeking compensation or clean-up funds after a spill, leak, or years of industrial contamination. Jack’s firm currently assists the Attorneys General of New Jersey and Puerto Rico as special counsel with regard to natural resource damage and MTBE litigation. The firm was also recently retained by Maryland to evaluate potential claims in response to MTBE groundwater contamination.
Due to his expertise, Jack is also a sought-after speaker and educator in the field of environmental law.
A New York City native, Jack visited St. Croix as a young man and never left. Decades later, he is still enchanted by the natural beauty of the island, and devotes his free time to scuba diving, fishing, and backpacking.
- Environmental Litigation
- Natural Resource Damages
- Toxic Torts
- Products Liability
- Consumer Fraud & Unfair Business Practices
- Civil Rights
- Employment Discrimination
- J.D., Columbia University
- M.B.A., Columbia University
- B.A., Columbia University
- U.S. Virgin Islands
- California (Inactive)
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit
- U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
- U.S. District Court for the District of the United States Virgin Islands
- U.S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico