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John Donovan honored April 19 for work with Philadelphia Support Center for Child Advocates

John T. Donovan was honored as a Distinguished Advocate for the Philadelphia Support Center for Child Advocates on April 19, 2017, at the Support Center’s Annual Benefit Reception & Auction. The event was held at the Crystal Tea Room in the Wanamaker Building in Philadelphia.

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.  Rawle & Henderson has assisted the Support Center since the program’s inception in 1977 as an advocate for victims of child abuse and neglect in the city. John also captains Rawle & Henderson’s team in the annual Philadelphia Bar Association 5K to benefit the Support Center.

John T. Donovan is a partner in the firm’s Philadelphia office. He 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 elected one of Pennsylvania’s “Super Lawyers” from 2010 through 2016. 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 • jdonovan@rawle.com