John is the co-chair of the firm's ten-attorney Appellate Advocacy and Post-Trial Practice Group. He has litigated more than 350 appeals in state and federal appellate courts. As litigation counsel, John has represented individuals, insurers, and corporations in some of the most high-profile litigation in recent Pennsylvania history, including dozens of cases with verdicts and settlements in excess of $10 million. As amicus curiae counsel, John has represented a diverse clientele, including the United States Chamber of Commerce, the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry, the Pennsylvania Defense Institute, the Pennsylvania Medical Society, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, and academics interested in the outcome of appellate litigation.
Pennsylvania Super Lawyers magazine has recognized John as a Top 100 lawyer in both Philadelphia and Pennsylvania based on a peer selection and evaluation process. He has also been selected as a Super Lawyer in the area of appellate practice every year since 2008. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, a member of the International Association of Defense Counsel, and he has an AV Preeminent (5.0/5.0) rating by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating for professional competence.
John is actively involved in bar association and related activities. He regularly speaks on appellate topics, is an appointed member of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s Civil Procedural Rules Committee, and formerly served on the Board of Governors of the Bar Association of the Third Federal Circuit and as co-chair of the amicus curiae committee of the Pennsylvania Defense Institute.
John has edited and co-authored two books on Pennsylvania appellate courts. The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania; Life and Law in the Commonwealth, 1684-2017, was published by the Pennsylvania State University Press in 2018. Keystone of Justice: The Pennsylvania Superior Court, 1895-1995, was published by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in 2000.
John is regularly called upon by the media to provide insight and commentary on significant legal issues. To view recent articles in which John is quoted, scroll down to the Media Commentary section below.
•The Pennsylvania Constitution: An Independent Source of Rights and Judicial Power, Pennsylvania State Trial Judges Conference, February 21, 2019
•What Can We Learn from Nancy Raynor?, Philadelphia Association of Defense Counsel, June 2015
•Winning Your Case on Appeal, Pennsylvania Defense Institute, 45th Annual Conference, July 17-19, 2013
•Winning (or Not Losing) Your Case on Appeal, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, May 2010
•Appellate Mediation in Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, December 2009
Past Employment Positions
•Superior Court of Pennsylvania, Hon. Patrick R. Tamilia, Law Clerk, 1994 -1997
•U.S. Marines, 1986 - 1990
Honors & Awards
•The Philadelphia Inquirer, Influencers of Law Award, 2019
•Philadelphia Business Journal, Best of the Bar Award, 2018
•AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell
•Pennsylvania Super Lawyers, 2008-2019; Top 100 in Pennsylvania, 2018-2019; Top 100 in Philadelphia, 2018-2019
• At Last, Unpublished Superior Court Opinions Can Be Cited. Now What?, The Legal Intelligencer, March 29, 2019
• This Pennsylvania Committee Is Proposing Changes That Benefit Five Of Its Members' Law Firms, Forbes and Pennsylvania Record, February 19, 2019
• Tough Sell On Cancer Link Awaits At 1st Philly Talc Trial, Law360, February 5, 2019
• CBS Tells Justices No Liability For Asbestos Added By Others, Law360, September 20, 2018
• The Biggest Pa. Appellate Rulings Of 2018: Midyear Report, Law360, July 12, 2018
• Judge Says Pa.'s Corporate Registration Law Doesn't Create Jurisdiction, The Legal Intelligencer, June 11, 2018
• Superior Court Throws Out $32M Wrongful Death Award, The Legal Intelligencer, May 3, 2018
• Pa. Tort Ruling Highlights Discrepancies in Jury Instructions, Law360, February 23, 2018
• Commonwealth Court: Philly Beverage Tax is Legal, WHYY's Keystone Crossroads, June 14, 2017. John's interview about the soda tax also aired on WHYY's Morning Edition program on June 16, 2017.
• Changes to PA Tort Law Not Coming Fast Enough, Attorneys Say, Law360, April 20, 2017
• Justices' 'Abnormal' Requests Pose Legislative Challenges, The Legal Intelligencer, October 7, 2017
• Attorneys Agree Ban on Citing Nonprecedential Opinions is a Hurdle, The Legal Intelligencer, September 1, 2016
• The Biggest PA Appeals Court Decisions So Far in 2016, Law360, August 4, 2016
• Appellate Courts Prepare to Transition Interim Appointees, The Legal Intelligencer, July 11, 2016
• Zimmer Win May Force Harder Look at Runaway Verdicts, Law360, June 10, 2016
• 'When in Doubt, Appeal' in Consolidated Cases, The Legal Intelligencer, May 31, 2016
• Superior Court's 2016 Output Low on Civil Rulings, The Legal Intelligencer, May 27, 2016
• Revamped PA High Court Looks To Make Mark on Tort Law, Law360, February 4, 2016
• Supreme Court Orders Reargument in 26 Cases From 2015, The Legal Intelligencer, January 22, 2016.
• Intermediate Courts Must Weather Vacancies, The Legal Intelligencer, January 9, 2016
• Supreme Court Justice J. Michael Eakin Tearfully Apologizes, Defends Reputation in Porn Email Hearing, Allentown Morning Call, December 21, 2015
• Eakin, 'Bruno' and the State of Judicial Discipline in PA, The Legal Intelligencer, December 18, 2015
• JCB Faces Challenges in Proving Violations by Eakin, The Legal Intelligencer, December 11, 2015
• Litigants May Test High Court After Turnover, Pennsylvania Law Weekly, November 17, 2015
• Dems' PA High Court Sweep Could Shake Up Enviro, Tort Law, Law360, November 4, 2015
• Report: Supreme Court Should Defer to JCB on Eakin Emails, The Legal Intelligencer, November 3, 2015
• Zimmer Ruling Continues Pa. Justices’ Pro-Plaintiff Trend, Law360, October 28, 2015
• Lawyers Say Discipline, Not Removal, Likely for Eakin, Pennsylvania Law Weekly, October 20, 2015
• Rekindled Email Scandal Tests State Supreme Court, Again, The Legal Intelligencer, October 6, 2015
• Saylor's Comments Raise More Questions Over AG Kane's Fate, The Legal Intelligencer, September 30, 2015
• Fee Sanctions Must Be Filed Soon After Final Order, Pennsylvania Law Weekly, September 28, 2015
• Rule Changes Clear Up Legal Gray Area in Post-Trial Motions, Legal Intelligencer, July 14, 2015
• Raising Pa. Supreme Court Output Easier Said Than Done?, Pennsylvania Law Weekly, March 31, 2015
• Police Owe No Duty to Unknown Passengers in Fleeing Car, The Legal Intelligencer, January 5, 2015
• Pennsylvania Cases To Watch In 2015, Law360, January 2, 2015
• En Banc Superior Court Tosses $14.5M Asbestos Verdict, The Legal Intelligencer, December 29, 2014
• Pa. En Banc Panel Boots $14.5M Asbestos Verdict, Law360, December 24, 2014
• Collateral Order Appeals on the Rise in Pennsylvania, The Legal Intelligencer, (Dec. 12, 2014)
• Pa. Supreme Court Won't Take up Appeal of 18 Asbestos Cases, The Legal Intelligencer (Dec. 8, 2014)
• With Vacancies Looming, High Court Increases Productivity, The Legal Intelligencer (Dec. 2, 2014)
• Justices to Eye Philadelphia Asbestos Consolidation Procedure, Pennsylvania Law Weekly, (Nov. 18, 2014)
• Ford Appeal Could Aid Defendants In Philly Asbestos Cases, Law360, (Nov. 13, 2014)
• Wolf's Win Sets Stage For Pa. Supreme Court Shakeup, Law360, (Nov. 5, 2014)
•“Pa. Porn Scandal Ups Pressure For Judicial Merit Selection,” Law360 (October 21, 2014)
•“$20M Knee Injury Dispute Could Rejigger Pa. Tort Law,” Law360 (October 6, 2014)
•“Parties Spar Over Tossed $14.5 Mil. Asbestos Verdict,” The Legal Intelligencer (August 12, 2014)
•“After Quiet First Half, 4 PA High Court Cases To Watch,” Law360, July 16, 2014
•“Pa. Ruling Limits Asbestos Claims In Construction Suits,” Law360, July 2, 2014
•“Attorneys Shocked by Senate Proposal to Slash Judiciary,” The Legal Intelligencer, June 5, 2014
• Dive into PSU Sanctions Shows Breadth of Judicial Discretion, Pennsylvania Law Weekly, April 28, 2014
•“PA. Supreme Court Reaffirms Statutory Employer Doctrine,” The Legal Intelligencer, March 31, 2014
•“Pa. Appeals Court Won't Reconsider Asbestos Suits' Transfer,” Law360, March 31, 2014
•“Pa. High Court Keeps Tort Immunity For General Contractors,” Law360, March 27, 2014
•“Tardy Statement of Errors Causes Waiver of Appeal,” The Legal Intelligencer, March 17, 2014
•“Pa. Court Says Amusement Park Death Suit Belongs in NJ,” Law360, March 12, 2014
•“Are Appeals Courts Showing More Mercy for Procedural Errors,” The Legal Intelligencer, February 10, 2014
Marshall Dennehey Announces 2019 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Super Lawyer Rising Stars
May 8, 2019
Sixty-seven attorneys from the Pennsylvania offices of Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin have been selected to the 2019 edition of Pennsylvania Super Lawyers magazine. A Thomson Reuters business, Super Lawyers is a rating service of lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have...
John J. Hare and Heather Russell Fine Selected to Join the International Association of Defense Counsel
April 10, 2019
John J. Hare, co-chair of the Appellate Advocacy and Post-Trial Practice Group at Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, and Heather Russell Fine, shareholder in the firm’s Casualty Department, have been selected to join the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC). The IADC is...
John J. Hare and Teresa Ficken Sachs Selected Influencers of Law by The Philadelphia Inquirer
March 4, 2019
John J. Hare and Teresa Ficken Sachs, Co-Chairs of the Appellate Advocacy and Post-Trial Practice Group at Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, have been selected 2019 Influencers of Law in the area of business litigation by The Philadelphia Inquirer. The awards program recognizes...
Marshall Dennehey Named a 2019 Best Law Firm in Multiple Practice Areas by U.S. News - Best Lawyers -- Firm's Appellate Practice is ranked both nationally and regionally for the first time
November 1, 2018
Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin has been named a 2019 Best Law Firm in multiple practice areas, both nationally and across numerous regions of the country, by U.S. News - Best Lawyers . Additionally, the firm's Appellate Advocacy and Post-Trial Practice Group was ranked both...
Marshall Dennehey Announces 2018 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers & Rising Stars - Daniel Sherry, John Hare and Teresa Ficken Sachs Receive Special Recognition
May 21, 2018
Sixty-nine attorneys from the Pennsylvania offices of Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin have been selected to the 2018 edition of Pennsylvania Super Lawyers magazine. A Thomson Reuters business, Super Lawyers is a rating service of lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have...
John J. Hare Inducted Into The American Academy of Appellate Lawyers
April 10, 2017
John J. Hare, Esq., Chair of the Appellate Advocacy and Post-Trial Practice Group at Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, was inducted as a fellow into the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers (AAAL) at the Academy's 2017 Spring Meeting, held April 6 - 8 in Boston. The AAAL was founded...
John Hare Appointed to Civil Procedural Rules Committee of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court
October 23, 2015
John J. Hare, Chair of the Appellate Advocacy and Post-Trial Practice Group at Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, has been appointed to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court's Civil Procedural Rules Committee. He was appointed by Chief Justice Thomas G. Saylor and will serve a three-year term...
Teresa Ficken Sachs Joins Marshall Dennehey to Assume Leadership Role in Appellate Advocacy Practice Group
January 14, 2015
Well-known appellate attorney Teresa (Terry) Ficken Sachs has joined Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin as a Shareholder and Vice-Chair of the firm's Appellate Advocacy and Post-Trial Practice Group. In this capacity, she will work closely with practice group chair, John J. Hare, in...
Marshall Dennehey's Appellate Advocacy and Post-Trial Practice Group Achieves Unanimous PA Supreme Court Decision in Patton v. Worthington
March 28, 2014
Oral arguments presented before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court by John J. Hare, shareholder and chair of Marshall Dennehey's Appellate Advocacy and Post-Trial Practice Group, have led to a unanimous decision by the Court to reinstate a long-standing statutory employer defense for general...
John J. Hare Presents Oral Arguments Before PA Supreme Court in UIM Case
May 17, 2013
John J. Hare, Shareholder and Chair of the Appellate Advocacy and Post Trial Practice Group, presented oral arguments earlier this month in Vanderhoff v. Harleysville Insurance in the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. This is the second time that Vanderhoff has been considered by the Supreme Court. R....
Pennsylvania Defense Institute Annual Conference
Conference • Jul 18, 2013
The Pennsylvania Defense Institute is hosting its 45th annual conference on July 17-19 at the Omni Bedford Springs Resort. The annual conference is an excellent opportunity to mix business with pleasure while obtaining continuing education credits....
Special Law Alert: Tincher II - The Pennsylvania Superior Court Orders a New Trial and Reaffirms that the Supreme Court in Tincher I Made Sweeping Changes to Pennsylvania Products Liability Law
Law Alerts • February 20, 2018
In its landmark 2014 decision in Tincher v. Omega Flex, Inc., 104 A.3d 328, 335-36 (Pa. 2014)(Tincher I), the Pennsylvania Supreme Court reshaped Pennsylvania product liability law. Among the most sweeping of Tincher I’s proclamations..., This Special Law Alert has been prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent legal developments of interest to our readers. It is not intended to provide legal advice for a specific situation or to...
Special Law Alert - New United States Supreme Court Decision Limits the Exercise of Specific Jurisdiction Over Out-Of-State Corporate Defendants
Law Alerts • June 21, 2017
by John J. Hare In an important jurisdiction decision issued on June 19, 2017, the US Supreme Court has again limited the right of plaintiffs to sue corporate defendants in foreign states. By a vote of 8-1, the Court ruled in Bristol-Myers Squibb..., This Special Law Alert is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended to provide legal advice for a specific situation or...
What’s New In 2017? Filing Trends And Developments In Asbestos Litigation
Articles • April 16, 2017
Ohio Appellate Court Upholds the Use of the Affordable Care Act to Substantially Reduce a Jury’s Award of Future Damages
Law Alerts • July 11, 2016
Lawyers handling catastrophic injury cases have closely followed the emerging body of case law regarding the impact, if any, of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on claims for future damages. Before the ACA, it was uncertain whether injured individuals..., This Law Alert has been prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent legal developments of interest to our readers. It is not intended to provide legal advice for a specific situation or to...
Solutions to the Concealment of Asbestos Trust Filings in Tort Litigation
Articles • April 1, 2016
Uncloaking Bankruptcy Trust Filings in Absestos Litigation: Refuting the Myths About Transparency
Articles • April 1, 2016
Legal Updates for Toxic Torts Litigation
Law Alerts • September 3, 2015
Edited by Timothy D. Rau, Esquire Double recoveries in asbestos litigation, from both bankruptcy trusts and tort litigation, are under increased scrutiny by the judicial system. In this special report from Mealey's Asbestos Bankruptcy Report,..., 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...
Uncloaking Bankruptcy Trust Filings in Asbestos Litigation: A Survey of the Solutions to the Types of Conduct Exposed in Garlock's Bankruptcy
Articles • August 28, 2015
Special Law Alert - Back to the Drawing Board: The Use of Ethnicity-Based Statistics to Determine Economic Loss in Tort Cases Held Unconstitutional
Law Alerts • August 12, 2015
by John J. Hare, Esquire In a significant ruling issued on July 30, 2015, U.S. Judge Jack B. Weinstein of the Eastern District of New York held that it is unconstitutional to use ethnicity-based statistics to calculate future economic loss in tort..., 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...
Pennsylvania Supreme Court Holds That an Insurer Defending Under a Reservation of Rights Must Reimburse an Insured for an Unconsented-To Settlement So Long as the Settled Claim Is Covered and the Settlement Is Fair and Reasonable
Law Alerts • July 23, 2015
By R. Bruce Morrison and John J. Hare The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has ruled in a 3-2 decision that an insurer defending under a reservation of rights must reimburse an insured for a tort settlement paid by the insured, despite the insurer’..., This newsletter 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 advice for a specific situation or to...
Marshall Dennehey's Appellate Attorneys Convince Superior Court to Vacate $39 Million Judgment Against Client.
Aug 24, 2018
Our appellate attorneys were retained shortly before trial. While driving our client’s truck, an employee struck a car from behind that had stopped in the middle of the road after its hood flew open. The collision injured three members of a...
Jury Agrees Plaintiff Does Not Have Asbestosis
Aug 30, 2017
Obtained a defense verdict after a two-week jury trial. ?The 64-year-old plaintiff contended that he developed asbestosis, which required him to use oxygen 24 hours a day, as a result of working with welding rods while working as a welder throughout...
Amicus Curiae Brief Supports Reversal of Multimillion Dollar Verdict
Jan 22, 2016
Marshall Dennehey's appellate attorneys filed an amicus curiae brief for the Pennsylvania Defense Institute in a case in which the Pennsylvania Supreme Court unanimously upheld the reversal of a multimillion dollar verdict against an electric...
Defense Prevails on Every Level in Product Liability Action
Sep 21, 2015
Obtained summary judgment on behalf of a large Japanese equipment manufacturer in a catastrophic brain injury case in a product liability action in Pennsylvania. A front-end loader was being operated on a public highway and proceeded to make a...
Unanimous Defense Verdict in Bucks County Property Litigation Case
Jun 8, 2015
Obtained a unanimous jury verdict after a four-week trial in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. The plaintiffs' demand never moved from $9 million throughout the trial. The plaintiff family (mother, father and adult daughter) claimed that their house...
PA Supreme Court Affirms Police Do Not Owe Duty to Unknown Passengers in Fleeing Vehicles
Dec 30, 2014
In a case handled by Marshall Dennehey's appellate attorneys, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court voted 6 -0 to affirm a judgment as a matter of law for our clients, a Pennsylvania police department and its officers, and held that police owe neither...