John T. Donovan

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John T. Donovan


Tel (215) 575-4254

Fax (215) 563-2583


John T. Donovan concentrates his practice on premises liability, product liability, catastrophic injury, toxic tort and construction law matters. He graduated, cum laude, in 1989 from Lafayette College and received a law degree in 1992 from the University of Pittsburgh, where he was elected class vice president. He is admitted to practice in the federal and state courts of Pennsylvania and New Jersey and the Third Circuit Court of Appeals. He has tried dozens of cases to verdict in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey. He has been designated Liability Catastrophic Injury Counsel (LCIC) for a major international insurance carrier for both Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Mr. Donovan has written about the spoliation of evidence defense for the Product Law and Liability Journal and spoken on various topics for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute. He is associated with the Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Bar Associations and a member of the Temple Inn of Court and Philadelphia’s Brehon Society. He is a member of the Pennsylvania Defense Institute and in 1998 he was appointed by then Governor Thomas Ridge to serve as an ambassador on behalf of Team Pennsylvania to encourage growth and development of business in the Commonwealth.

In 2002 he was voted by his peers as one of the top forty attorneys in the Commonwealth under the age of forty. He has been elected one of Pennsylvania’s "Super Lawyers" from 2010 through 2018. He volunteers on behalf of the Philadelphia Support Center for Child Advocates. In addition, John is the chair of Rawle & Henderson’s Child Advocacy Practice Group, which was formed in 2013 to improve the firm’s service to the Support Center. He was recognized as a Distinguished Advocate by the Support Center in April 2017. He is the Recipient of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas First Judicial District’s Roll of Honor award from the First Judicial District’s Pro Bono Committee for his pro bono service in Philadelphia’s legal community in 2017. He also received the Pro Bono Roll of Honor award in 2006, 2007, 2013 and 2014.

In the past he taught at Villanova University School of Law and Rutgers School of Law as an adjunct faculty member on trial and pretrial issues.  He initiated the program at Temple University School of Law where he continues as an adjunct faculty member.  In 2015 he was elected to the National Association of Distinguished Counsel, an honor award to less than 1% of the defense counsel in the United States. His community involvement includes leadership and coaching responsibilities for the Chestnut Hill Youth Sports Club.

Practice Areas

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania
  • New Jersey

Court Admissions

Third Circuit Court of Appeals
United States District Court for New Jersey
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania


Lafayette College (B.A., cum laude, 1989)
  Phi Alpha Theta
University of Pittsburgh School of Law (J.D., 1992)

Professional Associations

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and American Bar Associations
National Association of Distinguished Counsel

Seminars, Speeches & Publications