John M.  McConnell

John M. McConnell

Partner

Office

Practice Groups

John M. McConnell, a partner in the firm's General Liability Practice Group, focuses his practice on representing publicly traded and Fortune 500 companies in matters involving commercial litigation, products liability, premises liability, construction, and premises security. John handles a variety of commercial matters, including breach of contract claims, as well as complex contractual and insurance issues. Highly regarded within his practice area, John has been selected as a Thomson Reuters' New Jersey Super Lawyers Rising Star every year since 2015, and achieved a Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating in 2018.

While earning his juris doctor from Villanova University School of Law, John was a member of the Trial Competition Team and participated in student government. He received his bachelor's in business administration from Loyola University, where he graduated summa cum laude and received both a Loyola Medal of Merit and Loyola Senior Athlete Scholars Award. John was captain of the school’s Division I men’s tennis team from 2001 to 2003, and graduated in 2003 as Loyola’s all-time leader in singles and doubles victories. He received the team’s Most Valuable Player and Most Dedicated Player awards each season.  

Representative Matters
  • Obtaining a dismissal based on the Tort Claims Act and statute of limitations on behalf of a government planning and zoning authority in a wrongful death action. 
  • Successfully defending a Fortune 500 company and employee in a false arrest matter. The plaintiff brought suit claiming that the employee filed a false police report against him. The defense demonstrated that the conduct of the employee was protected by the shopkeeper’s privilege.
  • Successfully defending a Fortune 500 retailer in a premises liability matter. The plaintiff brought suit for property damage and lost earnings claiming the defendant’s employees were negligent. At a bench trial, the defense proved that the defendant’s employees did follow store protocol and were not negligent.  
  • Successfully defending an individual driver and business owner following a motor vehicle accident. The plaintiff brought suit claiming the defendant-employee driver was negligent. At a bench trial, the defense proved that the employee did not negligently operate his motor vehicle.
Honors
  • Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating: AV Preeminent
  • New Jersey Super Lawyers, Rising Stars, 2015–18 (Thomson Reuters)
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Training/Certifications 
  • Department of Labor OSHA-10 Construction Training
Admitted to Practice
  • Pennsylvania
  • New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey
Community Involvement
  • Loyola University Board of Directors, Philadelphia Alumni Chapter: Member, 2011–present
  • Beta Gamma Sigma (National Academic Honor Society), Philadelphia Chapter: Member
Education
  • Villanova University School of Law, J.D., 2006
  • Loyola University, B.B.A., summa cum laude, 2003
Publications/Presentations
  • Presenter, "Strategies for Defending General Liability Claims," Carlsbad, CA, March 1, 2017
  • Co-Presenter, "Defending Construction Accident Cases," Handling a Construction Accident Case, New Jersey Association for Justice, Edison, NJ, February 25, 2017
  • Presenter, "Overview of General Liability and Contractual Liability Principles in New Jersey and New York," Dallas, TX, March 4, 2016
  • Co-Author, “Discussion of Removal Issues Arising From Arbitration Cases,” The Legal Intelligencer, Vol. 274, No. 71, April 12, 2013
  • Author, “Court Chews Tenant Up; Spits Landlord Out,” Defense Digest, December 2008