John Donovan elected to American Board of Trial Advocates

John T. Donovan, a partner in Rawle & Henderson LLP’s Philadelphia office, was elected to the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) in February 2018. Membership in ABOTA is by invitation only and is limited to experienced trial lawyers and judges dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the civil jury trial right provided by the Seventh Amendment. Since 1958, ABOTA has worked to uphold the jury system and to elevate the standards of integrity, civility and professionalism in the legal profession.

John 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.

John 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 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 selected as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer from 2010 through 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.

John can be reached directly at: (215) 575-4254 •