Bruce brings more than 30 years of experience and success in the handling of complex litigation matters ranging from air crashes, product failures, business disputes, and interpretations of contracts and insurance policies.
Where millions of dollars have been at stake, clients from around the country have sought out Bruce and the team of attorneys working with him to analyze the matter in dispute; oversee the pre-trial investigation to assure that all pertinent facts are ferreted out; put together the team of experts who will assist in presenting the matter to the jury; and, thereafter, conduct the orchestrated presentation of the case to the court and jury before whom the matter is to be tried.
Not only has Bruce been called upon to handle complex matters of the type set forth throughout Pennsylvania, but also in New Jersey, West Virginia, Delaware, Maryland, Kansas and Texas, in which jurisdictions he has appeared pro hac vice.
Bruce's determination, competitive skills, and will to succeed on behalf of his clients is best exemplified beginning with his high school days where he was All-State in two sports (football and lacrosse) and an Eagle Scout, to his selection as a First Team All American Lacrosse at Dartmouth College. A year after graduating from Villanova Law School, and while working as an assistant district attorney in the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office, Bruce was arguing cases in the Pennsylvania Supreme Court and assigned to the homicide unit. Over the next two-and-one-half years, Bruce tried more than a dozen jury trial first-degree murder cases with a 95 percent success rate.
After joining Duane Morris & Hecksher in 1973, and being elected as a partner in just three years, Bruce successfully built and headed-up that firm's Aviation and Product Liability Group until 1983. He then went on to form his own boutique litigation firm of McKissock & Hoffman, where he practiced until October 2007, growing this firm to more than 40 attorneys and six offices in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware.
Bruce has been elected by his colleagues as a member of the American College of Trial Lawyers and for the past six years has been selected as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer. He is a member of the International Association of Defense Counsel, the Lawyer-Pilot's Bar Association, and the Aviation Insurance Association and has served as a Judge pro tempore for the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia County.
Bruce's outside activities include: FAA licensed instrument rated pilot and aircraft owner; founder, former president and chairman emeritus of Lookaway Golf Club (which is now ranked as one of the top fifteen golf courses in Pennsylvania); co-chairman of the Central Bucks East High School Stadium Committee; former moderator of Carversville UCC Church; former general counsel of the Citizen's Crime Commission of Philadelphia; member of Pennsylvania Lacrosse Foundation Hall of Fame.
Honors & Awards
•Attorneys Listed by Best Lawyers in America Philadelphia Lawyer of the Year Personel Injury Litigation-Defendants, 2016; Commercial Litigation, Personal Injury Litigation-Defendants, 2007-Present
•AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell
•Pennsylvania Super Lawyer, 2005-2016
Year Joined Organization
J. Bruce McKissock Named 2016 Personal Injury Litigation Lawyer of the Year in Philadelphia by Best Lawyers in America
September 1, 2015
J. Bruce McKissock, Chair of the Aviation and Complex Litigation Practice Group in the Philadelphia office of Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, has been named the 2016 Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Lawyer of the Year for Philadelphia by Best Lawyers in America. Mr....
On the Pulse...Our Aviation & Complex Litigation Practice Group
Defense Digest Article • June 1, 2016
By J. Bruce McKissock, Esq.*The Aviation & Complex Litigation Practice Group at Marshall Dennehey is led by three attorneys with a combined experience of over 70 years in litigating aviation-related matters. One member of the team is a..., Defense Digest, Vol 22, No. 2, June 2016Defense Digest is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent legal developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended to provide legal...
A Game Changer for Personal Jurisdiction
Defense Digest Article • June 1, 2016
By J. Bruce McKissock, Esq. and Nicolai A. Schurko, Esq.*Key Points:The United States Supreme Court has clarified that, for a court to exercise general personal jurisdiction over a corporate defendant, the defendant must be considered..., Defense Digest, Vol 22, No. 2, June 2016Defense Digest is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent legal developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended to provide legal...
Superspeedway Not Liable for Death Due to Lightning Strike
Jul 27, 2016
Marshall Dennehey attorneys obtained a defense verdict on behalf of the largest superspeedway in Pennsylvania after a two-week trial in Philadelphia. The trial involved consolidated claims by three different sets of plaintiffs for serious...