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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

Washington DC-based Paul Zevnik heads the product liability, tort and insurance practice at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP and Philadelphia-based John Lavelle leads the pharmaceutical and medical device practice group. Led by Lavelle and Bernard Garbutt in New York, the team successfully defended Medtronic in the personal injury and product liability lawsuit Babayev v Medtronic, in which the plaintiff alleged that he sustained electric shock injuries after the implantation of a neuro-stimulator. In another highlight, Lavelle obtained dismissal of the high-profile lawsuit Caltagirone v Cephalon brought against clients Teva and Cephalon, involving off-label marketing claims related to opiate painkiller Actiq. The firm’s client base also includes Janssen Pharmaceuticals and Baxter. Ethel Johnson in Houston, Los Angeles-based Yardena Zwang-Weissman and David Luttinger in New York are other key figures. In July 2017, Wendy Feinstein joined the Pittsburgh office from Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC.

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