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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 actions: pharmaceuticals and medical devices - defense

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

At Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, Washington DC-based Paul Zevnik leads the product liability, tort and insurance practice, while John Lavelle in Philadelphia heads the product liability litigation team. The group is experienced in pharmaceuticals and medical devices-related class actions and personal injury lawsuits, which has recently included representing Teva Pharmaceuticals and affiliated companies as coordinating and national counsel in opioid-related litigation. Other highlights include defending Zimmer Biomet against product liability claims relating to an artificial hip manufactured by the client. Ethel Johnson in Houston and Los Angeles-based Yardena Zwang-Weissman are other names to note. In October 2018, Kelci Atkins in Houston and Lisa Veasman in Los Angeles were promoted to partner. David Luttinger left to join Covington & Burling LLP in March 2018.

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