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John C. McMeekin II elected Chair Elect of ABA TIPS

John C. McMeekin II, a member of Rawle & Henderson LLP’s Executive Committee, was elected Chair Elect of the American Bar Association Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section (TIPS) at the ABA Annual Meeting in San Francisco, California, on August 12, 2019.  He currently serves as Vice Chair of ABA TIPS.  He will assume the role of the Section Chair in August 2020. The TIPS Section of the American Bar Association is a diverse Section which represents private, in house, governmental, military and public interest lawyers and affiliate members in all 50 states, territories and internationally. The TIPS Section offers a home to lawyers to gain knowledge and experience in their given practices from Aviation to Workers Compensation and all practice areas in between.  The TIPS section encourages members and attendees at conferences and CLE events to network and develop their individual brands with the backing and support of the Section and its leaders. TIPS has been a leader in promoting the practice of law with its flagship Leadership Academy and National Trial Academy as well as promoting true and sustained diversity in the practice combined with civic and public service engagement.

Mr. McMeekin follows a long line of Rawle & Henderson partners who have dedicated themselves to the profession and to service with the ABA.  In 1878, Francis Rawle, a leader of the Rawle law offices, became one of the founders of the American Bar Association, and its first secretary and treasurer. In 1902, Francis Rawle became the American Bar Association’s president. John follows Peter J. Neeson, who served as Chair of ABA TIPS in 2006-2007 and in 2012 received its most prestigious honor, the James K. Carroll Award for outstanding leadership qualities and service.

The American Bar Association is committed to supporting the legal profession with practical resources for legal professionals while improving the administration of justice, accrediting law schools and establishing model ethical codes. The ABA has nearly 400,000 members today.  The ABA TIPS section was established in 1932 and is composed of over 17,000 lawyers, judges, law students and non-lawyers who are committed to providing a source of knowledge and leadership on trial practice and critical issues of justice in the areas of tort and insurance law. In addition, ABA TIPS has 36 general committees and task forces focused on substantive areas of law and practice.

Mr. McMeekin has also served the American Bar Association as a Council Member, Section Secretary, the Section Revenue Officer, Chair of the Toxic Tort & Environmental Law Committee, Chair of the International Law Committee, and Chair of the CLE Board. He is currently co-chairing the Corporate Counsel Initiative Task Force.  In addition to his service with the ABA, Mr. McMeekin chaired the Philadelphia Bar Association Environmental and Toxic Tort Law Committee and has been a member of the Delaware Valley Environmental Inn of Court. Mr. McMeekin has also been involved in local public service as President of the Radnor Township School Board and President of the Delaware County Intermediate Unit.  He served as a Board member and member of the Radnor Volunteer Fire Company and member of the Delaware County Community Foundation, which provides grants to the most vulnerable citizens in our community.

Mr. McMeekin is a partner in Rawle & Henderson LLP’s Philadelphia office. He represents clients as local, national and trial counsel in environmental, toxic and mass torts product and related class actions, products liability, insurance coverage and aviation litigation. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of Baltimore School of Law. John is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Maryland and related U.S. District Courts as well as the Supreme Court of the United States. He has been published in professional and law review journals on a variety of topics related to toxic tort and environmental litigation throughout the United States and at law schools in Japan, China and Korea. His significant cases can be found in the BNA Law Reports and Law360. He has volunteered as an emergency medical technician and is a volunteer firefighter with HazMat certification. He has been rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell, was selected as a “Top 40 under 40 lawyer” and has been repeatedly selected as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer.

John can be reached directly at: (215) 575-4324 • jmcmeekin@rawle.com