Jonathon E. Cross: Lawyer with Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, P.C.

Jonathon E. Cross

Jonathon E. Cross is an associate with Marshall, Dennehey, Warner, Coleman & Goggin. His practice is devoted largely to professionals including attorneys, accountants, insurance brokers, real estate brokers and financial advisors. He defends a wide range of professional litigation matters including legal malpractice, accounting malpractice, wrongful use of civil process, abuse of process, negligence and breach of contract. Jon also defends matters involving premises liability, automobile liability, product liability, insurance bad faith and trade secrets.
Phone(215) 575-2750

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Practice Areas

  • Professional Liability
  • Amusements
  • Sports and Recreation Liability
  • School Leaders Liability
  • Premises Liability - Defense
  • Product Liability
  • Automobile Liability
 
University Lafayette College, B.A., 1993
 
Law SchoolVillanova University School of Law, Villanova, Pennsylvania, J.D., 1996
 
Admitted1996, Pennsylvania; 1996, New Jersey
 
Memberships 

Associations & Memberships

•Germantown Academy, Fort Washington, PA, Board of Trustees (1999-2007)
•Germantown Academy, Fort Washington, PA, Sports Committee Chair (1999-2007)
•Pennsylvania Bar Association
•Philadelphia Bar Association
•Richie Ashburn-Harry Kalas Foundation, Executive Board Member (1998 - present)

 
Biography

Jon provides legal counsel to professionals including attorneys, accountants, insurance brokers, real estate brokers and financial advisors, in a wide range of matters including legal malpractice, accounting malpractice, wrongful use of civil process, abuse of process, negligence and breach of contract claims. As a former athlete and coach, Jon brings his unique experience to sports and recreation liability claims, where he represents and defends sports and recreation owners, coaches and instructors, youth athletic organizations, golf clubs, professional athletes as well as athletic departments in school districts, colleges and universities. Jon is also experienced in defending clients in matters involving premises liability, automobile liability, product liability, insurance bad faith and trade secrets.

In 1993, Jon graduated from Lafayette College and subsequently attended Villanova School of Law where he achieved his juris doctor in 1996. During his law school years, he spent the summers as a law clerk for the Honorable Samuel Salus II from the Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas and for the Chief Magistrate Judge Powers in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Following graduation from Villanova School of Law, Jon worked as a law clerk to the Honorable Albert W. Sheppard, Jr. of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas.

Outside of his law practice, Jon serves on the Executive Board of the Richie Ashburn Foundation, which raises funds to provide over 19 free baseball camps and clinics yearly to children throughout the Philadelphia and suburban area. Furthermore, Jon works with the Foundation to raise funds to support blind and visually impaired children to play beep baseball.

Formerly, Jon was the head baseball coach at the William Penn Charter School in Philadelphia, PA. Further, he coached for four seasons Division-I level at the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to coaching at Penn, he coached for nine years at Germantown Academy. As a coach, he has organized and instructed at local and national baseball camps and clinics and he owned his own winter and summer baseball camps.

In addition, for eight years Jon was a member of the Board of Trustees at Germantown Academy and served as the chair of the sports/athletic committee. Also, he assisted in the political campaign for a former four term state representative in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.

For the years 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 Jon was selected Super Lawyer Pennsylvania Rising Star.

Classes/Seminars Taught

Youth Sports Risk Management, New Jersey Recreation & Park Association's 2015 Annual Conference, Atlantic City, NJ, March 2015

Tackling Concussion Litigation, New Jersey Recreation & Park Association's 2015 Annual Conference, Atlantic City, NJ, March 2015

Youth Sports Risk Management, University of Delaware, Sports & Facility Management Department, March 2015

Tackling Concussion Litigation, University of Delaware, Sports & Facility Management Department, March 2015

Emerging Claims -- Youth Sports Concussion Litigation, Casualty Actuarial Society's Centennial Conference, New York, NY, December 2014

Published Works

•“ Fair Game? Legal Exposures Alter the Playing Field for Youth Sports, ” Defense Digest, Vol. 21, No. 1, March 2015

• Cover All The Bases, Avoiding Youth Sports Injury Lawsuits, Camp Business Magazine, August 2014

• Fair Game? Legal Exposures Alter the Playing Field for Youth Sports, PropertyCasualty360.com, May 2014

• Court Recognizes Misconduct When Jurors Seek Out Their Own Expert Opinion, Defense Digest, Vol. 11, No. 2, June, 2005

• The Witness Immunity Doctrine Does Not Preclude Experts From Being Sued for Professional Malpractice, Professional Liability Underwriting Society, PLUS Journal, May 2000

• Obtaining Records With Fewer Headaches, (Co-Author), Defense Digest, Vol. 4, No. 6, 1998

• New Procedures Complicate Production of Documents By A Non-Party, Defense Digest, Vol. 3, No. 6, 1997

• Pennsylvania Superior Court Rules On Statute of Limitations For Defendants Who Leave The Commonwealth, Defense Digest, Vol. 3, No. 5, 1997

•Procedural Difficulties with New Discovery Rule

•Effect of Fiorantino on Legal Malpractice Claims for Breach of Contract

•Legal Malpractice Defense that a Claim is Premature

Honors & Awards

•Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2006-2011

Year Joined Organization

1997

Publication

Fair Game? Legal Exposures Alter the Playing Field for Youth Sports**
Defense Digest Article • March 1, 2015

Key Points:Sports camps and athletic organizations are often targets of personal injury lawsuits.The no-duty rule and assumption of the risk are viable defenses.Several factors exist to assist in reducing the risk of liability..., Defense Digest, Vol. 21, No. 1, March 2015Defense 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...

Cover All The Bases: Avoiding Youth Sports Injury Lawsuits
Articles • September 30, 2014

 
Reported CasesSignificant Representative Matters: Success in handling multi-million dollar claims and obtaining favorable outcomes.; Success in favorably resolving cases through the mediation process.; Success in obtaining a dismissal of a legal malpractice case pursuant to plaintiff's failure to comply with the Pennsylvania Rules of Civil Procedure.; Success in obtaining an defense verdict for major league baseball team and a former professional player.; Success in defending a golf club at trial for premises liability.; Successfully litigated numerous cases involving school districts and universities alleging negligence, discrimination and athletic field liability.; Success in obtaining a jury verdict in favor of a major check cashing company.; Obtained a defense verdict in a wrongful use of civil proceedings claim.
 
ISLN912186526
 


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Jonathon E. Cross

2000 Market Street, Suite 2300
PhiladelphiaPA 19103




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