A lifelong Nashvillian, John advocates for people who have been hurt or killed by medical malpractice, as well as whistleblowers, victims of discrimination and abuse, and others who were defrauded, injured, or killed by corporate misconduct or individual wrongdoing.
John is a veteran of national class action and whistleblower litigation against corporations that manufacture dangerous and defective products, conspire to fix prices, and misuse taxpayer funds. He took on Big Tobacco, fighting for families of former smokers in federal jury trials against cigarette companies that engaged in a 50-year conspiracy to misrepresent the dangers of smoking cigarettes and intentionally engineer the design of cigarettes to make them more addictive. In one trial, a jury awarded his client — who had begun smoking at age 14 — $27,010,000.14. More recently, John represented the city of Nashville and other Tennessee counties in litigation against the pharmaceutical industry for its part in creating the nationwide opioid epidemic.
John has also represented robocall victims in cases under the federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), with one such case leading to a $10.5 million settlement in 2017. He has represented consumers in national class actions against corporations that sell defective products and whistleblowers alleging fraud in government contracting. And he secured a significant settlement for a former Nashville television news anchor in a gender and age discrimination lawsuit against her former employer.
Chosen by the American Bar Association as a “Top 40 Young Lawyer” for 2018, John was named to the National Trial Lawyers “Top 100” Tennessee Lawyers and has been repeatedly named a Super Lawyers “Rising Star.” He serves as an adjunct faculty member at Vanderbilt Law School, where he teaches “The Practice of Aggregate Litigation.”
Before founding Spragens Law PLC, John worked at a national class-action plaintiffs’ law firm and a large corporate defense firm in Nashville. He previously worked as communications director to U.S. Congressman Jim Cooper; law clerk to the Hon. Kevin H. Sharp, Former Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee; and a reporter and columnist at the Nashville Scene. He is active in the Nashville community, where he currently serves on Nashville Bar Foundation Leadership Forum Steering Committee and the board of Planned Parenthood of Tennessee and North Mississippi. In 2018, he served as campaign treasurer for Nashville Public Defender Martesha Johnson’s historic election.
Areas of Practice
Consumer Protection Personal Injury & Mass Torts Whistleblower Law
Vanderbilt University Law School, Nashville, Tennessee J.D. - 2012 Law Review: Environmental Law and Policy Annual Review, Executive Editor Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio B.A. (magna cum laude) - 2004
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas, 2016 U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 2015 U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio, 2015 U.S. District Court, Middle District of Tennessee, 2014 Tennessee, 2012
Professional Associations & Memberships American Association for Justice American Bar Association Nashville Bar Association Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association Tennessee Bar Association
Honors & Awards
"Top 40 Young Lawyer," American Bar Association, 2018 "Rising Star for Mid-South," Super Lawyers, 2016-2018 "Top 100 Lawyers in Tennessee," National Trial Lawyers
Past Employment Positions
Bass, Berry & Sims, Litigation Associate, 2013-2014 United States District Judge Kevin H. Sharp, Law Clerk, 2012-2013 Metropolitan Nashville Public Defender's Office, Legal Intern, 2011 Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, Summer Associate, 2011 New Orleans Workers' Center for Racial Justice, Legal Clerk, 2010 Center for Charter School Excellence, Strategic Advisor, 2010 Communications Director and Legislative Assistant to U.S. Congressman Jim Cooper, 2006-2009 Nashville Scene, Staff Writer, 2004-2006
In The News
July 9, 2018 Mark Chalos, Kenny Byrd, and John Spragens to Teach at Vanderbilt Law June 21, 2018 American Bar Association Names John Spragens a "Top 40 Young Lawyer" for 2018 September 7, 2017 Lieff Cabraser Nashville Attorneys Speak at Southeast Complex Litigation Forum August 1, 2017 John Spragens Writes on "Lawyering Through Listening" in August 2017 Trial Magazine June 14, 2017 Lieff Cabraser Nashville Attorneys Speak at TTLA 2017 Annual Convention