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 2017. 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 was 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 during 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.
- New Jersey
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)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and American Bar Associations
National Association of Distinguished Counsel
- John Donovan honored April 19 for work with Philadelphia Support Center for Child Advocates
- Attorneys participate in 2016 Phila. Bar Association Run to benefit Support Ctr. for Child Advocates
- Rawle’s Reports, May 2016: Super Lawyers Issue
- Rawle’s Reports, June 2015: Attorneys selected as Pennsylvania Super Lawyers
- Attorneys participate in Phila. Bar Association 5K to benefit Support Center for Child Advocates
- Rawle’s Reports, Volume 18, Number 11
- Rawle’s Reports, Volume 18, Number 6
- Team of Rawle & Henderson attorneys participates in Philadelphia Bar Association 5K
- Rawle’s Reports, Volume 17, Number 8
- Rawle & Henderson LLP forms Child Advocacy Practice Group
- Rawle’s Reports, Volume 17, Number 7
- Rawle’s Reports, Volume 16, Number 7
- Rawle’s Reports, Volume 15, Number 6