John P. Lavelle, Jr., represents clients in crisis management and complex litigation, including product liability, commercial, class action, and election law matters, both at trial and on appeal. John has successfully defended clients in product liability disputes involving medical devices, pharmaceuticals, vaccines, nutritional supplements, consumer products, chemicals, and industrial equipment. John’s class action practice includes the defense of consumer products, telecommunications, insurance, and financial services companies in US federal as well as state courts.
John also counsels clients on state and federal election and campaign finance laws. He served as Pennsylvania state counsel to the Obama for America and Hillary for America campaigns. He also has led statewide and regional voter protection programs for candidates and political campaigns.
John speaks frequently on product liability and litigation issues. He serves as secretary of the boards of Community Legal Services, Inc. and Philadelphia Legal Assistance. He also serves as a Judge Pro Tempore in the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas Civil Trial Division. John currently is the co-chair of the Pro Bono Task Force of the Philadelphia Bar Association. He has served as a special master appointed by the US District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and also as a member of the court’s Merit Selection Panel for Magistrate Judges.
At the beginning of his career, John served as a law clerk to Judge Thomas N. O’Neill, Jr., of the US District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
Power Player, The Legal Intelligencer (2022)
Recipient, Citizens Bank Achievement Award, Philadelphia Bar Association (2021)
Recommended, Dispute resolution: Product liability, mass tort and class action - defense: pharmaceuticals and medical devices, The Legal 500 US (2014–2022)
Ranked, Litigation: General Commercial, Pennsylvania: Philadelphia & Surrounds, Chambers USA (2006–2022)
Ranked, Litigation: Product Liability, Nationwide, Chambers USA (2006–2016)
Recognized, Product Liability Litigation – Defendants, Philadelphia, The Best Lawyers in America (2007–2020, 2022, 2023)
Member, Pennsylvania Product Liability Department of The Year, The Legal Intelligencer (2014)
Recognized, Pennsylvania Super Lawyers (2004–2022); Top 100 Pennsylvania and Philadelphia (2007–2010)
Member, Philadelphia Bar Association
Member, Pennsylvania Bar Association
Member, American Bar Association
Member, American Bar Foundation
Member, Defense Research Institute, Inc.
Member, American Law Institute
Sustaining Member, Product Liability Advisory Council