John Minardo
Head Legal, North America – Novartis Vaccines
Novartis OTC Division
John MinardoJohn Minardo is a Senior Corporate Counsel and the North America Head of Legal for Novartis Vaccines, a Division of Novartis AG based in East Hanover NJ.  John provides general business counseling, corporate governance, regulatory and advertising counseling, antitrust, litigation and compliance counseling. John is a Member of the Novartis Vaccines North America Management Team and Global Legal Leadership Team.  He has served in this role since 2012.
Previously, John served as Associate General Counsel for the Novartis Over-the-Counter Division from 2007 through 2012. In that role, John was the Global Legal lead for the Digestive Health Category, including the Prevacid 24HR, Benefiber, Maalox and Gas-X brands as well as the International Operations Region of Novartis OTC. 
Prior to joining Novartis, John worked as an Associate for Kaye Scholer, LLP, a law firm based in New York City from September 2001 to October 2007.  He specialized is complex litigation matters, including products liability, white collar criminal defense, commercial litigation, bankruptcy litigation and securities litigation.
John graduated with honors in 1997 from Boston College, with a degree in Political Science.  He attended the London School of Economics in 1995.  In 2001, John received a law degree from Brooklyn Law School, where he was an Articles Editor of the Brooklyn Law Review and a member of the Moot Court Honors Society.

John is a past Chair and current Board Member of the New York Center for Interpersonal Development, in Staten Island, New York.  He is also a Board Member of Mt Manresa Jesuit Retreat House.