John is a shareholder in the Philadelphia office of Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin. He practices in the areas of civil rights, municipal liability, school claims and employment law.
John has represented police officers and public officials in state and federal court in all aspects of civil rights litigation including claims involving use of force, wrongful arrest and land use. In addition, John has represented public and private employers in wrongful discharge, employment discrimination and defamation claims from administrative proceedings through trial. John has tried dozens of cases in state and federal courts and argued cases before the Third Circuit Court of Appeals.
In addition to his trial work, John has presented numerous seminars to police departments, law firms and government agencies in the areas of police practices, civil rights issues and municipal liability. He has consulted with police departments concerning the development of policies and procedures and provided advice and guidance to employers concerning employment-related matters.
John received his juris doctor from Temple University School of Law, where he was a member of the Moot Court Honor Society, and graduated from the University of Scranton with a Bachelor of Arts in history and philosophy and a Master of Arts in history. He is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Middle Districts of Pennsylvania and the Third Circuit Court of Appeals.
Honors & Awards
•AV Preeminent by LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell
Year Joined Organization
•Legal Updates for Law Enforcement, Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association's Centennial Training Education Conference, July 14, 2014
•Managing a Maturing Workforce: The Legal Perspective, Delaware Valley Trust, June 2014
•Social Media & Cyber Breaches: the Internet's Impact on Your Business, The Graham Company, co-presenter, May 2014
•Navigating The Bermuda Triangle: The Intersection of Workers' Compensation, FMLA and ADA, Roadmap to Success - Understanding Workers' Compensation, Marshall Dennehey seminar, October 24, 2013
•Hot Topics in Employment, Marshall Dennehey / AIG Seminar, Philadelphia, PA, October 10, 2013
•Land Use Litigation and Liability Issues for Local Government, Delaware Founders Insurance Trust, September 2011
•Land Use Civil Rights and Avoiding Liability video and webinar, Delaware Valley Insurance Trust, 2009
•Police Liability Seminar, Delaware Valley Insurance Trust, November 2007
•Law Enforcement Seminar - Use of Force Issues, Dauphin County, 2006
•Train the Trainers Program, Municipal Police Officer Education and Training Commission, November 2005
•Use of Force in Pennsylvania, Lorman Education Services, CLE, February 4, 2005
•Use of Force in Pennsylvania, Lorman Education Services, CLE, February 6, 2004
•Tort Claims Act, Delaware Valley Insurance Trust, March 2004
•Civil Rights Liability, Delaware Valley Insurance Trust, March 2004
Plaintiffs Hits the Road in Inverse Condemnation Proceeding Feb 16, 2015
The defense prevailed in an inverse condemnation proceeding in the Luzerne County, PA, Court of Common Pleas. The plaintiffs owned a large tract of land in a borough in the county and, several years ago, the borough placed an asphalt over a dirt...
Jury Sides with Defense in Excessive Force Case Feb 16, 2015
Obtained a defense verdict after a four-day jury trial in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania. The plaintiff alleged that law enforcement officers used excessive force, in violation of the Fourth Amendment, when removing...
John Gonzales (Philadelphia, PA) and Art Aranilla (Wilmington, DE) recently presented a seminar on land use issues
October 1, 2011
John Gonzales (Philadelphia, PA) and Art Aranilla (Wilmington, DE) recently presented a seminar on land use issues to representatives of municipalities from all three Delaware counties, organized by the Delaware Founds Insurance Trust. (10/11)
Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association Centennial Education & Training Conference
Conference • Jul 13, 2014
Christopher P. Boyle and John P. Gonzales will be featured speakers at the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Centennial Conference. On July 14, Chris will present Civil Litigation Boot Camp for New Police Chiefs, and John will present,...
Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association Annual Education & Training Conference
Conference • Jul 12, 2015
Christopher P. Boyle and John P. Gonzales will be featured speakers at the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Annual Education and Training Conference. On July 15, Chris will present, Legal Updates for Law Enforcement, and John will...
Legal Updates for Employment Law
Law Alerts • April 8, 2015
The U.S. Supreme Court determines that the Pregnancy Discrimination Act requires a new standard.by Candace D. Embry, Esq.*The U.S. Supreme Court issued its opinion in Young v. United Parcel Service, Inc., on March 25, 2015, in which the Court..., The material in this law alert has been prepared for our readers by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin. It is solely intended to provide information on recent legal developments, and is not intended to provide legal advice for a specific...