John is an experienced appellate attorney who serves as chair of the firm's Appellate Advocacy and Post-Trial Practice Group. He has litigated more than 300 appeals in state and federal appellate courts. His diverse practice includes cases involving professional malpractice, civil rights claims, product liability, toxic torts, construction accidents, employment claims and premises liability. In addition to litigating cases in the appellate courts, he is actively engaged in developing and implementing trial and appellate strategy, prosecuting and defending pre-trial, trial and post-trial motions, and acting as appellate counsel on trial teams in high-exposure cases.
In addition to his practice, John is actively involved in bar association activities. He regularly speaks on appellate topics, serves as co-chair of the amicus curiae committee of the Pennsylvania Defense Institute, and submits amicus briefs to appellate courts on behalf of various organizations. He also formerly served on the Board of Governors of the Bar Association of the Third Federal Circuit.
John has an AV Preeminent (5.0/5.0) rating by Lexis Nexis Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating for professional competence. Every year since 2008, John has been recognized by Law & Politics/Philadelphia Magazine as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer in the area of appellate practice, a distinction applied to five percent of Pennsylvania attorneys based on a peer selection and evaluation process.
Along with former Pennsylvania Superior Court Judge Patrick Tamilia, John was commissioned by the Superior Court in 1995 to draft a comprehensive history of the Court to commemorate its Centennial Anniversary. The book, entitled Keystone of Justice: The Pennsylvania Superior Court, 1895-1995, was published by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in 2000 and is one of the nation's leading studies of a state appellate court.
John is regularly called upon by the media to provide insight and commentary on cases in which he is involved, as well as other significant matters in both the state and federal appeals courts. Over the course of the past year, he's been quoted or provided comment in the following articles:
•Police Owe No Duty to Unknown Passengers in Fleeing Car, The Legal Intelligencer, January 5, 2014
•Pennsylvania Cases To Watch In 2015, Law360, January 2, 2015
•En Banc Superior Court Tosses $14.5M Asbestos Verdict, The Legal Intelligencer, December 29, 2014
•Pa. En Banc Panel Boots $14.5M Asbestos Verdict, Law360, December 24, 2014
•Collateral Order Appeals on the Rise in Pennsylvania, The Legal Intelligencer, (Dec. 12, 2014)
•Pa. Supreme Court Won't Take up Appeal of 18 Asbestos Cases, The Legal Intelligencer (Dec. 8, 2014)
•With Vacancies Looming, High Court Increases Productivity, The Legal Intelligencer (Dec. 2, 2014)
•Justices to Eye Philadelphia Asbestos Consolidation Procedure, Pennsylvania Law Weekly, (Nov. 18, 2014)
•Ford Appeal Could Aid Defendants In Philly Asbestos Cases, Law360, (Nov. 13, 2014)
•Wolf's Win Sets Stage For Pa. Supreme Court Shakeup, Law360, (Nov. 5, 2014)
•“Pa. Porn Scandal Ups Pressure For Judicial Merit Selection,” Law360 (October 21, 2014)
•“$20M Knee Injury Dispute Could Rejigger Pa. Tort Law,” Law360 (October 6, 2014)
•“Parties Spar Over Tossed $14.5 Mil. Asbestos Verdict,” The Legal Intelligencer (August 12, 2014)
•“After Quiet First Half, 4 PA High Court Cases To Watch,” Law360, July 16, 2014
•“Pa. Ruling Limits Asbestos Claims In Construction Suits,” Law360, July 2, 2014
•“Attorneys Shocked by Senate Proposal to Slash Judiciary,” The Legal Intelligencer, June 5, 2014
•“PA. Supreme Court Reaffirms Statutory Employer Doctrine,” The Legal Intelligencer, March 31, 2014
•“Pa. Appeals Court Won't Reconsider Asbestos Suits' Transfer,” Law360, March 31, 2014
•“Pa. High Court Keeps Tort Immunity For General Contractors,” Law360, March 27, 2014
•“Tardy Statement of Errors Causes Waiver of Appeal,” The Legal Intelligencer, March 17, 2014
•“Pa. Court Says Amusement Park Death Suit Belongs in NJ,” Law360, March 12, 2014
•“Are Appeals Courts Showing More Mercy for Procedural Errors,” The Legal Intelligencer, February 10, 2014
•“Lawyers Frustrated by Unreported Superior Court Cases,” Pennsylvania Law Weekly, February 4, 2014
•“Pa. Pharma Ruling Opens New Front in Mass Tort Battles,” Law360, January 28, 2014
•“Eighteen Asbestos Cases Set to Move Out of Philadelphia,” The Legal Intelligencer, January 24, 2014
•“Gantman Aims to Make Superior Court More Accessible as PJ,” Pennsylvania Law Weekly, January 14, 2014
•“Potential Statutory Employer Jury Question Argued in High Court,” The Legal Intelligencer, November 26, 2013
•“Contractor Asks Pa. High Court to Save Injury-Suit Immunity,” Law360, November 19, 2013
•“Failure to Report 'Phantom' Vehicle Threatens Coverage,” The Legal Intelligencer, November 4, 2013
•“Pa. Superior Court Throws Out $14.5 Million Asbestos Verdict,” The Legal Intelligencer, September 9, 2013
•“Pa. Court Reverses $14.5 Million Asbestos Verdict; Rejects 'Each and Every' Exposure Causation Theory,” Harris Martin, September 6, 2013
•“Bender Has 'Institutional Sense' for Superior Ct. Role,” The Legal Intelligencer, August 20, 2013
•“Boat Co. Escapes Liability for Acquired Assets in CO Suit,” Law360, July 9, 2013
•“Lawyers Say Stevens Brings Work Ethic to Pa. High Court,” The Legal Intelligencer, July 2, 2013
•“School Has No Constitutional Duty to Protect, Panel Rules,” The Legal Intelligencer, June 6, 2013
•“House Takes Up Asbestos Trust Legislation,” The Legal Intelligencer, April 9, 2013
•“Date Shows Orie Melvin's Absence Leads to More 3-3 Splits,” The Legal Intelligencer, January 29, 2013
•“No Physician Duty to Third Parties in Prison Guard Case,” The Legal Intelligencer, January 22, 2013
•Winning Your Case on Appeal, Pennsylvania Defense Institute, 45th Annual Conference, July 17-19, 2013
•Winning (or Not Losing) Your Case on Appeal, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, May 2010
•Appellate Mediation in Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, December 2009
Past Employment Positions
•Superior Court of Pennsylvania, Hon. Patrick R. Tamilia, Law Clerk, 1994 -1997
•U.S. Marines, 1986 - 1990
•Dive into PSU Sanctions Shows Breadth of Judicial Discretion, Pennsylvania Law Weekly, April 28, 2014
•Pa. Court Says Amusement Park Death Suit Belongs in NJ, Law360, March 12, 2014
•Protecting Their Own; The Power Of Administrative Agencies To Enforce Regulations Through Litigation, Defense Digest, May 2003
•The Legal Doctrines Of Waiver And Estoppel May Not Be Used To Expand The Scope Of An Insurance Policy To Cover Excluded Risks, Defense Digest, September 2002
•Defining 'Beneficiary' In A Wrongful Death Action Under The Pennsylvania Property and Casualty Insurance Guaranty Association Act, Defense Digest, August 2001
•Pennsylvania Appellate News, Defense Digest, 2001-2008
•Keystone of Justice: A History of the Pennsylvania Superior Court; 1895-1995, co-author with Hon. P. Tamilia, Superior Court of Pa., Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, January 2000
•Note, Freedom of the Press and the Right to a Fair Trial in Pennsylvania, 30 Duq.L.Rev. 760, 1992
Honors & Awards
• AV Preeminent by LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell
•Pennsylvania Super Lawyer, 2008-2014
In a case handled by Marshall Denneheys appellate attorneys, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court voted 6 -0 to affirm a judgment as a matter of law for our clients, a Pennsylvania police department and its officers, and held that police owe neither...
Pennsylvania Supreme Court Decides to Hear Appeal in Patton v. Worthington Construction
Law Alerts • May 23, 2013
In an appeal handled by John J. Hare and Kimberly Boyer-Cohen of Marshall Dennehey's appellate practice group, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has agreed to hear a general contractor's appeal in the case of Patton v. Worthington Construction...
Asbestos Litigation Alert: Bill Aimed at Preventing Claimants' Double-Dipping Takes Step Forward
Law Alerts • May 6, 2013
John Hare, Chairman of the Post-Trial and Appellate Advocacy Practice Group at Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, recently testified before the Pennsylvania Legislature in support of a bill he co-drafted that seeks transparency in the...
Amendments to Medicare Lien Legislation
Law Alerts • January 16, 2013
Anyone who has settled liability or workers' compensation claims in the past couple of years knows how difficult it can be to understand and comply with the Medicare secondary payer rules regarding the reimbursement of liens, as set forth in...
New Third Circuit Decision Limiting Taxable Costs for E-Discovery in Federal Court
Law Alerts • May 27, 2012
The Third Circuit Court of Appeals has handed down an important decision clarifying-and sharply limiting-the costs for electronic discovery that may be taxed against a losing party. In Race Tires America, Inc. et al., v. Hoosier Racing..., Special Case Law Alert - May 27, 2012
Communications between counsel and trial expert are not discoverable and are shielded from disclosure by the work-product privilege.
Law Alerts • January 1, 2012
This matter involves the discoverability of communications between counsel and a trial expert regarding the manner in which the expert should frame his or her opinions or report. In September 2010, the Superior Court issued a precedential decision..., Case Law Alert - 1st Qtr 2012
Teresa Ficken Sachs Joins Marshall Dennehey to Assume Leadership Role in Appellate Advocacy Practice Group
January 14, 2015
Well-known appellate attorney Teresa (Terry) Ficken Sachs has joined Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin as a Shareholder and Vice-Chair of the firm's Appellate Advocacy and Post-Trial Practice Group. In this capacity, she will work closely with practice group chair, John J. Hare, in...
Marshall Dennehey's Appellate Advocacy and Post-Trial Practice Group Achieves Unanimous PA Supreme Court Decision in Patton v. Worthington
March 28, 2014
Oral arguments presented before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court by John J. Hare, shareholder and chair of Marshall Dennehey's Appellate Advocacy and Post-Trial Practice Group, have led to a unanimous decision by the Court to reinstate a long-standing statutory employer defense for general...
John J. Hare Presents Oral Arguments Before PA Supreme Court in UIM Case
May 17, 2013
John J. Hare, Shareholder and Chair of the Appellate Advocacy and Post Trial Practice Group, presented oral arguments earlier this month in Vanderhoff v. Harleysville Insurance in the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. This is the second time that Vanderhoff has been considered by the Supreme Court. R....
John J. Hare Testifies Before Pennsylvania Legislature in Support of Asbestos Litigation Bill He Co-Drafted
May 16, 2013
John Hare, Chairman of the Post-Trial and Appellate Advocacy Practice Group at Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, testified in April before the Pennsylvania Legislature in support of a bill he co-drafted that seeks transparency in the process by which claimants seek compensation from...
Pennsylvania Defense Institute Annual Conference
Conference • Jul 18, 2013 The Pennsylvania Defense Institute is hosting its 45th annual conference on July 17-19 at the Omni Bedford Springs Resort. The annual conference is an excellent opportunity to mix business with pleasure while obtaining continuing education credits....