Jon provides legal counsel to professionals, including sports and recreation owners, coaches and instructors, as well as attorneys, accountants, insurance brokers, real estate brokers and financial advisors. He defends a wide range of professional litigation matters, including sports and recreation liability, legal malpractice, accounting malpractice, wrongful use of civil process, abuse of process, negligence and breach of contract claims. Jon also defends matters involving premises liability, automobile liability, product liability, insurance bad faith and trade secrets. As a former athlete and coach, Jon brings unique experience to cases he has handled involving the representation of professional and youth athletic organizations, golf clubs and professional athletes.
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.
Significant 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.
•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.
•Fair Game? Legal Exposures Alter the Playing Field for Youth Sports, PropertyCasualty360.com, May 2014
•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
•Pennsylvania Superior Court Rules On Statute of Limitations For Defendants Who Leave The Commonwealth, Defense Digest, Vol. 3, No. 5, 1997
•New Procedures Complicate Production of Documents By A Non-Party, Defense Digest, Vol. 3, No. 6, 1997
•Obtaining Records With Fewer Headaches, (Co-Author), Defense Digest, Vol. 4, No. 6, 1998
•The Witness Immunity Doctrine Does Not Preclude Experts From Being Sued for Professional Malpractice, Professional Liability Underwriting Society, PLUS Journal, May 2000
•Court Recognizes Misconduct When Jurors Seek Out Their Own Expert Opinion, Defense Digest, Vol. 11, No. 2, June, 2005
Past Employment Positions
•Albert W. Sheppard, Jr. of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, Law Clerk, 1996
Honors & Awards
•Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2006-2011
•Executive Board Member, Richie Ashburn-Harry Kalas Foundation (1998 - present)
•Board of Trustees - Germantown Academy, Fort Washington, PA (1999-2007)
•Sports Committee Chair, Germantown Academy, Fort Washington, PA (1999-2007)
Year Joined Organization: 1997