Over the past 20 years, Jack has developed considerable knowledge and experience in the fields of health care and commercial liability. As a shareholder in the firm's Health Care Department, he focuses his practice in medical, dental and nursing malpractice, with a secondary interest in general construction liability and product liability cases.
Jack's areas of practice cover medical malpractice involving the representation of hospitals, physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses and physical therapists; dental malpractice involving the representation of oral surgeons, periodontists, prosthodontists, endodontists, orthodontists and general dentists; construction liability cases involving the representation of general contractors, subcontractors, engineers, architects and surveyors; premises liability involving the representation of commercial shopping centers, corporate centers, healthcare offices, etc.; product liability with respect to the representation of manufacturers, distributors and wholesalers; and legal malpractice involving the representation of lawyers, paralegals and legal secretaries.
Jack has handled 750 to 1, 000 medical and dental malpractice cases, 250 to 500 construction and premises liability cases, and 50 to 100 product liability cases. He has taken approximately 40 cases to trial, 30 of which were tried to a jury. All but three of these trials resulted in defense verdicts. The three plaintiff verdicts were in the amounts of $2, 511, $30, 000, and $500, 000. He has also handled class actions involving motor vehicle and consumer fraud, the Paxil litigation, and EtG testing.
Jack received his Bachelor of Arts degree cum laude from Ursinus College, and earned his juris doctor from The Dickinson School of Law.
In addition to his legal career, Jack is on the board of directors of American Missionary Fellowship and is a teacher at Great Valley Presbyterian Church. He serves as manager for Berwyn/Paoli girls' softball teams from ages 10 to 16, as well as softball tournament teams, and is the coach of the Paoli Wildcats 11-12 boys basketball team.
•Lectured to Philadelphia County Dental Society
•Lectured to Pennsylvania Psychology Association
•Lectured to Temple University, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
•Seminars on risk management techniques and controls
•Seminars on discoverability of witness statements
•Seminar on litigation management plans
•Lectured to study group of Joseph Gian-Grasso, D.D.S. on dental malpractice trends
• Pennsylvania Supreme Court Upholds Wrongful Birth Statute, Defense Digest, Vol. 22, No. 1, March 2016
• A Good Samaritan Is Hard to Find, Defense Digest, Vol. 9, No. 2, June 2003
• Pennsylvania Superior Court Holds that Root Canal Requires Informed Consent, Defense Digest, Dec. Vol. 5, No. 6, 1999
• Taking the Bite Out of Strict Liability for Dentists, Defense Digest, February 1996
• Intervening and Superseding Causes Still Alive and Well (co-author with A. Berman), Counterpoint, October 1993
Honors & Awards
•AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell
•Pennsylvania Super Lawyer, 2009-2010
Year Joined Organization
Pennsylvania Supreme Court Upholds Wrongful Birth Statute
Defense Digest Article • March 1, 2016
By John C. Farrell, Esq. & Laura J. Persun, Esq.*Key Points:Pennsylvania Supreme Court will not punish past or prospective parties who rely on longstanding legislation by invalidating it retroactively.In Pennsylvania, plaintiffs..., Defense Digest, Vol 22, No. 1, March 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...