John M. Brophy is a Senior Managing Director at Ankura in Washington, DC, and is an expert in the management and analysis of mass tort litigation, complex settlements, and product liability cases. He also specializes in the development of business intelligence analytics in support of large disputes and settlements, and has more than 25 years of experience in these areas. He has advised on some of the largest cases in US history in several industries, including environmental, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, finance, telecommunications, and manufacturing.
Since joining the firm in 1997, John has developed extensive experience in the creation of trust organizations that have arisen from bankruptcies and settlements resulting from large-scale mass tort litigation. He has led the analysis and modeling of liability and claims for class action suits, as well as the construction and implementation of databases and systems for trusts and large settlement funds. He currently leads the development of a business analytics system and serves as settlement administrator for multiple large settlement funds in the building products, automotive, and telecommunications industries.
John has led the establishment of trusts for multibillion-dollar tort settlements in the manufacturing, pharmaceutical, medical device, and telecommunication industries, and he conducted the cash flow and valuation analysis on both the asset and liability sides of the balance sheet for these trusts. He has designed systems for the claims processes in these settlements, and structured database systems for analysis, reporting, and monitoring of the trusts. He serves in the role of executive director or settlement administrator in more than a dozen of these trusts and funds, where he provides advice to the boards regarding their financial and operational concerns, and manages these entities on a day-to-day basis.
From 1994 to 1997, as a senior consultant at KPMG, John performed litigation analyses for several solvent and bankrupt entities, providing advice on the costs and liability related to a variety of products.
From 1992 to 1994, as a senior consultant for Resource Planning Corporation, John performed cost analyses in Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act and Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act disputes, including cost recovery efforts in the Love Canal Superfund case and a variety of chemical and pesticide disputes.
From 1987 to 1989, John was a research analyst for Strategic Planning Associates, a management consulting firm focused on restructuring. John’s efforts were focused on cost and restructuring analyses in the insurance, commercial trucking, and aircraft engine industries.