Legal Experience

In 1999, John J. Conway founded his law practice on the belief that the Law should be used strategically to bring about meaningful change within our society.
Below is a listing of some of JJ’s legal experience:

  • Recovered more than $70 million in benefits to plan participants, claimants, and retirees throughout the firm’s 20-year history.
  • Crains Detroit listed one of JJ’s cases as the top settlement of 2013 in which he served with a team of attorneys to secure $52 million in funding for Medicaid families to receive essential treatments for their autistic children.
  • Serving as co-lead counsel, JJ secured major structural and governance reforms to the Detroit General Retirement and Police and Fire Pension Systems overcoming the defense of governmental immunity to force the Trustees to responsibly invest the retirement funds of nearly 30,000 retirees and secured a $7.999 million penalty for the Trustees’ malfeasance.
  • JJ litigated the first federal autism benefits healthcare action against an employee benefit plan where the Court held that denying medical treatment for autism was “arbitrary and capricious.”
  • Named co-lead class action counsel for the first autism class action settlement that provided a specific course of healthcare treatments for children with autism. Presently, co-lead counsel for several nationwide class actions against insurers for their denial of healthcare benefits for autistic children.
  • Named co-lead class action counsel for a nationwide class action of 22,000 military families seeking healthcare treatment for children with autism.

  • Served as co-lead counsel in a landmark ruling that struck down the discriminatory healthcare policy of a nationwide insurer who had been arbitrarily denying healthcare benefits to disabled children. The case has garnered nationwide attention and is used by other claimants to challenge the way health insurers treat their children.
  • Has represented hundreds of employees, including physicians, attorneys, investment professionals, who have been deemed occupationally disabled in securing their monthly disability benefits from their insurance companies and plans.
  • Successfully litigated a seven-year action against a disability insurance company before two different federal judges and the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals and defended against all further appellate challenges to secure monthly disability insurance payments for a 42-year old accounting senior executive who suffered a brain injury in a car accident and could no longer work.
  • Secured the pension of a 30-year employee of a publicly traded corporation who was fired 77 days shy of a vesting date for an alleged violation of a company policy when it was established that no other person had ever been fired for this offense.
  • Successfully tried a federal age discrimination case to verdict on behalf of a manager of a publicly traded corporation and defended all appellate challenges where the case hinged on the meaning of a single word – “input.”

Professional Recognition

JJ has been recognized by his peers in the following ways:


  • In 2013, Michigan Lawyers Weekly featured two of JJ’s cases as its Top Verdicts and Settlements
  • In 2011, JJ was awarded the Thomas P. Moore Leadership in Philanthropy Award.
  • In 2010, JJ was awarded the State Bar of Michigan Champion of Justice Award.