John Goetz is a first-chair lawyer with more than 25 years of experience defending companies in business and tort litigation. He has defended multinational companies such as Doncasters, Parker Hannifin, Penske Automotive, Pilatus Aircraft, R.J. Reynolds, Textron, U. S. Steel, Yamaha, and WESCO in trial and appellate courts across the U.S. and in Canada. He has litigated complex commercial disputes and has defended product liability actions in multiple forums. He obtained several injunctions preventing the federal government from enforcing a key provision of the Affordable Care Act in a landmark case decided by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2016.
John is a recognized authority in aviation and transportation litigation. A licensed pilot, he leads Jones Day's airlines and aviation industry practice. John was central to trial teams for Parker Hannifin in aviation litigation involving the crash of a former Missouri governor's plane and in USAir Flight 427. He also led the team representing Parker in post-trial proceedings and MDL litigation arising out of Silk Air Flight 185. John represents clients in NTSB investigations and in FAA proceedings. He teaches aviation law at Duquesne University School of Law.
John has published articles on litigation strategy, is a frequent speaker at aviation and other seminars, and has served as a hearing committee officer for the Pennsylvania Disciplinary Board. He has been board president for Catholic Charities of Pittsburgh and its Free Health Care Center. John serves on boards for the Pittsburgh Mercy Health System and the Boy Scouts.
Pilatus resolves aircraft accident cases arising out of 2009 crash of Pilatus PC-12 Legacy aircraft
WESCO defends claim arising out of construction of high speed military boats for the Norwegian Royal Navy
CSX seeks advice regarding claims and NTSB investigation arising from derailment following grade crossing accident
Honors & Distinctions
The Best Lawyers in America and Pittsburgh's Best Lawyers (2016)
Chambers USA: leader in the field (transportation: aviation litigation) (2014, 2013)
The Legal 500: leading practitioner (aerospace/aviation litigation, automotive/transport litigation) (2015, annually)
International Who's Who of Aviation Lawyers (2014, annually)
Law Clerk to the Honorable Ruggero J. Aldisert, former chief judge of the United States Court of Appeals, Third Circuit (1986 and 1987 terms)