During his career, Jason has handled hundreds of premises, retail and motor vehicle matters, trying several cases to verdict. He has represented many Fortune 500 companies and a considerable number of service providers in sports and entertainment, retail, corrections, healthcare, facilities, restaurant and bar industries. In one of many noteworthy cases, Jason was able to reduce a settlement demand from $2 million to $25,000 with the assistance of medical, vocational and liability experts. As a knowledgeable litigator, Jason was also involved in the MDL litigation for the distributor of latex products. He also regularly serves as court-appointed arbitrator in the Court of Common Pleas of Lehigh County, Court of Common Pleas of Northampton County and the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
Jason gives back to his community, spending time as chairman of the Lower Saucon Township Zoning Hearing Board. The five-member board meets monthly to hear and decide substantive and procedural challenges to the validity of land use ordinances. He is also the Treasurer of the Pennsylvania Defense Institute, a membership of more than 600 lawyers, insurance company executives, self-insurers, and independent adjusters from across the state dedicated to supporting a strong civil litigation defense climate, promoting defense interests, growth and retention, and fostering pro-defense public policies that advance the agenda of our member interests.
Before becoming an attorney, and while attending law school, he was a casualty claims representative with Crawford & Company where he managed premises liability and products liability matters. He also worked for the PMA Group as a client account representative, handling general negligence and professional liability cases for several government entities. Jason also served a judicial externship with Judge Richard Gebelein of the Superior Court of Delaware.
•An Overview of Pennsylvania Law and Effective Litigation Management Strategies, Marshall Dennehey Client Seminar, June 2015
•An Overview of Pennsylvania Automobile Liability, Marshall Dennehey Client Seminar, April 2015
•Issues and Defenses in Pennsylvania Premises Liability Cases, American National Red Cross' Dedicated Liability Unit, July 2011
•Pennsylvania Liability Seminar, Crawford & Company
•Pennsylvania Motor Vehicle Liability Seminar, Laidlaw Transit, Inc.
•Persuasion, Civility and How Jurors Make Decisions, Panelist and moderator, Pennsylvania Defense Institute North Region Ethics CLE Program
•Advanced General Liability Seminar, organizer and moderator, PDI East with federal and state judges
Honors & Awards
•Pennsylvania Super Lawyer Rising Star, 2007-2008
•Claims & Litigation Management Alliance , Retail, Restaurant & Hospitality Committee
Year Joined Organization
Matthew Keris and Jason Banonis Elected Leaders of the Pennsylvania Defense Institute
August 8, 2014
Matthew P. Keris, shareholder in the Scranton office of Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, was elected President of the Pennsylvania Defense Institute (PDI) at the organization's recent annual conference. Additionally, Jason Banonis, shareholder in the firm's Bethlehem office, was...
Social Media: the Discoverable Window to the Trust
Articles • September 21, 2011
LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell, September 21, 2011
Social Media: The Discoverable Window to the Truth
Defense Digest Article • September 1, 2011
Pennsylvania - Civil Practice, Key Points:A social media user's indiscreet postings are pertinent to prove the truth or falsity of the claim.Any expectation of privacy with regard to Facebook and MySpace is unrealistic.The possibilities for finding..., Defense Digest, Vol. 17, No. 3, September 2011
Associations & Memberships
•American Bar Association
•Defense Research Institute
•Northampton County Bar Association
•Lehigh County Bar Association
•Lower Saucon Township Zoning Hearing Board
•Pennsylvania Bar Association
•Pennsylvania Defense Institute, Board of Directors 2011-Present, Secretary 2015-2016, Treasurer 2016-2017, Executive Vice President 2017-Present
•Temple American Inn of Court, 2000-2001
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