From early in his practice, John has represented leading industry sector companies in the earliest stages of emerging legal claims and evolving scientific knowledge. He has broad experience in the development of strategies, witness selection and preparation, scientific evidence, corporate knowledge and conduct, and trials. Where trials have not been the best course he has negotiated wise settlements, sometimes with novel settlement procedures for efficient and economical tort damages evaluation and business-based, non-monetary dispute resolution.
He was one of the earliest choices as joint defense lead counsel for major oil and chemical companies seeking cost effective trial-capable representation in toxic tort cases where the basic defenses and industry wide conduct dominated over individual company positions.
Based on his breadth and success in litigation, he has been tapped as lead and additional counsel pro hac in many jurisdictions across the country, in addition to providing assistance as local counsel with responsibilities from witness preparation to jury selection to full lead trial roles. His substantive local counsel roles have included major anti-trust, electric power take-or-pay, insurance coverage, and catastrophic personal injury and death cases.
Most recently, he was co-counsel in a 30 day trial of certain issues remanded on appeal to a successor federal judge in an OPA case in Philadelphia.