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John Lavelle

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Litigation/Product Liability and Mass Torts Litigation Practice


John P. Lavelle, Jr. is a partner in Morgan Lewis's Litigation Practice and co-chair of the firm's Product Liability and Mass Torts Litigation Practice. Mr. Lavelle's practice includes product liability, complex commercial, class action, and election law litigation. Mr. Lavelle has more than 20 years of trial and appellate litigation experience, focusing on the defense of medical device and pharmaceutical product liability claims. His product liability experience includes successful defense of cases concerning pacemakers, cardiodefibrillators, drug pumps, neurostimulators, insulin pumps, stents, knee and hip replacements, vaccines, pharmaceuticals, industrial equipment, consumer products, nutritional supplements, and chemicals. For more information, please view Mr. Lavelle's biography at


Mr. Lavelle served as Pennsylvania State Counsel to Obama for America. He regularly advises campaigns and candidates on election law issues. After graduating from law school, he served as a law clerk to Judge Thomas N. O'Neill, Jr. of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.


Member, Philadelphia Bar Association; Member, Pennsylvania Bar Association; Member, American Bar Association; Member, American Bar Foundation; Member, Defense Research Institute, Inc.; Member, American Law Institute; Member, International Association of Defense Counsel; Sustaining Member, Product Liability Advisory Council


Harvard Law School, 1988, J.D., Cum Laude; Princeton University, 1985, A.B., Magna Cum Laude

United States: Dispute resolution

Product liability, mass tort and class action: pharmaceuticals and medical devices - defense

Within: Product liability, mass tort and class action: pharmaceuticals and medical devices - defense

Headed by Paul Zevnik in Washington DC, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP’s group has strong experience handling product liability matters, as well as related insurance recovery work. In Philadelphia, Gordon Cooney has been leading the team in defending Cephalon and parent company Teva Pharmaceuticals against a high-profile wrongful death claim regarding allegations of opiate addictions brought before the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia County. Also in Philadelphia, John Lavelle continues to represent Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Synthes in product liability litigation concerning a tibial implant medical device. David Cox and Leah Houghton were promoted to partner in the Los Angeles and Boston offices respectively. The team includes Yardena Zwang-Weissman in Los Angeles and David Luttinger in New York.

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