John H. McCarthy

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John H. McCarthy


Tel (215) 575-4359

Fax (215) 563-2583


John H. McCarthy is a partner in the Philadelphia office of Rawle & Henderson LLP. Mr. McCarthy graduated from The Pennsylvania State University in 1979. He received his Juris Doctor, cum laude, from Villanova University in 1982 where he was an Associate Editor of the Villanova Law Review and the author of a case note, Manifest Injustice Exception Used to Deny Retroactive Application of the 1978 Amendments to the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA).

Mr. McCarthy concentrates his practice in the areas of premises liability, construction litigation and motor vehicle litigation. He has authored on the topic of the Peculiar Risk Doctrine Exception to the Rule of an Owner's Non-Liability in the context of personal injury construction related suits for the Pennsylvania Defense Institute. Mr. McCarthy serves as regional and local counsel for insured and self-insured clients including universities, colleges, general contractors, subcontractors, owners, convenience markets and hotels.

In 2016 he was elected to the National Association of Distinguished Counsel, an honor awarded to less than 1% of the defense counsel in the United States. He has been rated AV Preeminent by the Martindale-Hubbell Rating again in 2018, his 22nd consecutive year of achieving this rating, and was listed in the 2012 edition of Philadelphia's Top Rated Lawyers.  He has repeatedly been recognized as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer since the program’s inception in 2004.

Practice Areas

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania
  • District of Columbia

Court Admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, 1982
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania


Villanova University School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 1982)
  Associate Editor, Villanova Law Review, 1981-1982

The Pennsylvania State University (B.A., 1979)

Professional Associations

Philadelphia and Pennsylvania Bar Associations
Pennsylvania Defense Institute
National Association of Distinguished Counsel

Seminars, Speeches & Publications