John A. Livingood, Jr.

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  • Partner at Margolis Edelstein (99 Attorneys)
  • The Curtis Center, 170 S. Independence Mall W., Suite 400E, Philadelphia, PA 19106
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John A. Livingood, Jr. defends insured and self-insured entities in casualty litigation. John represents automobile dealerships, repair facilities and vehicle parts manufacturers in all aspects of motor vehicle litigation, including products liability actions, consumer protection issues and trade secret disputes.

John is primary counsel for a Philadelphia-based crane rental company and a major East Coast construction and facilities management company, serving as counsel on casualty claims, contract negotiations, litigation, bid disputes, liens and collections.

John gives lectures to clients and other attorneys on such topics as the Pennsylvania Motor Vehicle Financial Responsibility Law, contractual indemnity, and the status of joint and several liability in Pennsylvania.


•AV Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rated
•Pennsylvania Super Lawyers
•Delaware Journal of Corporate Law, articles editor
•Immediate Past President -- Philadelphia Association of Defense Counsel

Articles and Publications:

•PA Supreme Court Clarifies Availability of Economic Damages For Uninsured Vehicle Owners
•PA Superior Court: No 2nd Chance To Get Your Mechanic's Lien Right
•Mechanic's Liens and Strong Contracts Are Still The Best Protection For Subcontractors On Distressed Projects
•Another New PaMVFRL Opinion! Tortfeasor's Excess Coverage May Be Set Off Against UIM Recovery
•Superior Court Reiterates - No Prejudgment Interest on Mechanic's Liens in Pennsylvania
•No Double Recovery of Health and Disability Benefits in UM/UIM
•Superior Court: No Bad Faith in UIM Value Dispute

Speaking Engagements and Presentations:

•PBI - Distracted Driving
•PBI - Fair Share Act

Areas of Practice (3)

  • Automobile and Trucking Litigation
  • Aviation
  • Construction Law and Litigation

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
(215) 931-5868  Phone
University Attended:
Bucknell University, B.A., 1990
Law School Attended:
Widener University School of Law, J.D., 1993
Year of First Admission:
U.S. District Court, New Jesey; U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit; U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania; U.S. District Court, Middle District of Pennsylvania; Pennsylvania; New Jersey

Professional Affiliations:

•Defense Research Institute
•Pennsylvania Defense Institute
•Philadelphia Association of Defense Counsel

Birth Information:
Abington, Pennsylvania, November 28, 1967
Reported Cases:
Representative Matters: In re: Market Street Building Collapse -- Primary insurance defense counsel for collapsed building owner in the longest jury trial in Philadelphia history.; Turner v. Bowman - Defense verdict in Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas for driver of a disabled vehicle struck by a school bus on a major highway.; Smith v. Marchetti - Defense verdict in motor vehicle liability case where the matter was transferred to Mr. Livingood just 72 hours before jury selection.; Seidel v. White's Harley Davidson - Summary judgment for a motorcycle dealership in a products liability action based on plaintiff's spoliation of evidence.; Elliott Lewis Corporation v. 101 Walnut - Obtained a near full recovery of all amounts owed to a subcontractor from an owner and lender on a distressed condominium project through use of mechanic's liens and litigation.; Deon v. Bergeys - Summary judgment for a retread tire manufacturer in a personal injury action, arguing that the plaintiff could not prove a defect in the product.; Depew v. Sautter Crane - Defense verdict for a crane owner and operator in a significant personal injury action brought by an injured worker.; Quinn v. Carroll Valley Resort - Defended a local resort against a significant dram shop action, with no recovery by plaintiff.; Smith v. Elliott Lewis Corp. - Defense verdict in Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas in favor of jet bridge maintenance company in fall down claim by an airline employee.; Chizkov v. Moore - Defense verdict in Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas for motor vehicle operator who struck plaintiff, an adult bicyclist, resulting in multiple cervical fractures and surgery.; Thomas v. Elliott Lewis - Obtained complete recovery of all defense and settlement costs in a bench trial on enforcement of a contractual indemnity clause.

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  • 5.0/5.0
  • A Martindale-Hubbell Peer Rating reflects a combination of achieving a Very High General Ethical Standards rating and a Legal Ability numerical rating.

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