John is a seasoned litigator and trial attorney, experienced in handling catastrophic and high-profile cases. He has tried more than thirty jury trials to verdict in both federal and state court including matters receiving local and national media coverage. At McEldrew Young Purtell Merritt, John represents clients in issues arising from civil rights violations, disability discrimination, medical malpractice, nursing home neglect, FELA, and serious personal injury matters.
Prior to joining the firm, John spent the last seven years in service to his fellow Philadelphians, as Assistant General Counsel for the School District of Philadelphia and Deputy City Solicitor in the Civil Rights Unit at the Philadelphia Law Department. In those roles, John handled some of the City’s most high-stakes litigation with a focus on civil rights violations, ADA, and Title VI and IX claims. John previously worked for two federal judges – the Honorable Mitchell S. Goldberg and the Honorable R. Barclay Surrick – in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, as well as the Honorable George A. Pagano in the Delaware County Court of Common Pleas. In addition to his active practice, John serves as adjunct faculty at his alma mater, Temple University’s Beasley School of Law, where he teaches a class entitled “Strategic Considerations in Civil Rights Litigation.”
John has been honored by his peers and the public alike. In 2016, he was awarded the F. Sean Peretta Service Award presented by the Philadelphia Bar Association. In June 2017, he was named “Who’s Next: Law,” a recognition given annually by Billy Penn and presented by The Knight Foundation.
A former varsity baseball player at Temple, John lives in the Art Museum area of Philadelphia. In his free time, John enjoys surfing, golfing, and competing in triathlons.