John Pillette

Of Counsel

Direct: (619) 374-0215

John has practiced exclusively in the class action arena for over 20 years. During his career, he has been exposed to and has devised solutions for every conceivable class action problem, operating his own class action consultancy since 2006.

John began his career with two successive public interest fellowships working on an array of high-exposure civil rights matters, including the landmark case of Thompson v. HUD. After law school, he went to work in Washington, D.C. as a researcher, writer, editor, and consulting attorney at Class Action Reports (then the leading publication of its type). He also worked as a litigation associate at the class action boutique firm of Moore & Brown. John has directly litigated a number of high-impact class action matters, including Snow v. Lenscrafters, the largest medical privacy case in California history, with 1.6 million class members.

In law, good writing is essential, and this is especially true in complex litigation, where cases are inevitably decided “on the papers.” Apart from class action defense, John’s function at Ames Karanjia is to ensure that every paper we file is maximally effective.

John is admitted to practice before all California and Maryland state courts, the United States District Courts for California and Nevada, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.


University of Maryland School of Law, J.D. (1998)

St. John’s College, B.A. (1989)


All California and Maryland state courts

All United States District Courts in California

The United States District Court for the District of Nevada

The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit


Ames Karanjia LLPOf Counsel: July 2020 – present

Pillette Law Office, PCPrincipal: May 2006 – July 2020

Green & Jigarjian LLPAssociate: January 2002 – May 2006

Moore & Brown PCAssociate: November 1998 – January 2002

Class Actions Reports, Inc.Editor: November 1998 – January 2002

Professional Activities

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Pro Bono ProgramVolunteer Attorney

Northern California Innocence ProjectVolunteer Attorney


The “Plain Meaning Rule” – Constructive or Reductive? (The Split Over 28 U.S.C. 1367) 23 Class Action Reports 1 (2002)

Aggregation of Class Action Claims to Meet 28 U.S.C. 1332’s Amount – in – Controversy Requirement, 22 Class Action Reports 408 (2001)