John D. Goetz

John D. Goetz
Firm: Jones Day
Address: 500 Grant Street
Suite 4500
Pittsburgh, PA 15219-2514
Phone: (412) 394-7911
Fax: (412) 394-7959
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Lawyer Profile:

John Goetz is a first-chair trial lawyer with 25 years of experience defending companies in business and tort litigation. He has represented multinational companies such as Doncasters, Parker Hannifin, Penske Automotive, Pilatus Aircraft, R.J. Reynolds, Textron, U. S. Steel, and Yamaha in trial and appellate courts across the U.S. and in Canada. John's recent representation of Yamaha at trial resulted in a defense verdict that was recognized by The Los Angeles/San Francisco Daily Journal as a "top defense verdict" of 2011. He has litigated numerous complex commercial disputes and has represented various manufacturers in product liability actions pending in multiple forums.

John is a recognized authority in aviation and transportation litigation. A licensed pilot, he leads Jones Day's airlines and aviation industry practice. John was central to trial teams for Parker Hannifin in aviation litigation involving the crash of a former Missouri governor's plane and in USAir Flight 427. He also led the team representing Parker in post-trial proceedings and MDL litigation arising out of Silk Air Flight 185. John represents clients in NTSB investigations and in FAA matters. He teaches aviation law at Duquesne University School of Law.

John has published articles on litigation strategy, is a frequent speaker at aviation and other seminars, and has served as a hearing committee officer for the Pennsylvania Supreme Court Disciplinary Board. He has been president of the boards of Catholic Charities for the Pittsburgh Diocese and its Free Health Care Center. John serves on boards for the Pittsburgh Mercy Health System and the Boy Scouts.

Current Employment Position(s):

Areas of Practice:
Product Liability & Tort Litigation
Trial Practice
Class Action Litigation
Consumer Fraud & Warranty Litigation
Airlines & Aviation
Business and Tort Litigation (USA)
Consumer Fraud & Economic Loss Litigation
Class Action & Multidistrict Litigation
Bar Admissions:
U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
University of Notre Dame London Law Center, London, England, 1986
Honors: cum laude
Law Review: Law Review, Editor-in-Chief

University of Notre Dame, 1983
Honors: magna cum laude

Published Works:
On the Horizon for the Aviation Industry, Airlines and Aviation Alert, 2009

Stiff Headwinds for the Aviation Industry Jones Day Airlines and Aviation News Blast, 2008

NTSB Investigations: The Ins and Outs, Practice Perspectives: Product Liability & Tort Litigation, 2008

Striking Down New York State's Passenger Bill of Rights, Jones Day Airlines and Aviation News Blast, 2008

The Realities of Today--and Probably Tomorrow, Jones Day Airlines and Aviation News Blast, 2008

The Americanization of Aviation Claims, Practice Perspectives: Product Liability & Tort Litigation, 2007

Flying Right with Charter Firms Requires Fact Check of Operator, Pittsburgh Business Times, 2007

Runway Safety and Airport Operations: Are You Responsible, The Public Record, 2006

Learning "Plane" English Can Help Lawyers in Aviation Litigation, Pittsburgh Business Times, 2006

Implementing the Montreal Accord: Practical Implications of the Aviation Liability Treaty, Airline Business Report White Paper 2004: Charting a Course to Meet Today's Market Challenges, 2004

The Significance of Other Accidents in Aviation Trials, Aviation Litigation Quarterly, 2004

Excluding NTSB Final Aircraft Accident Reports and FAA Airworthiness Directives at Trial, Air and Space Lawyer, 2003

What the Law Allows, Pharmaceutical Executive, 2000

Weishorn v. Miles-Cutter: Pennsylvania Interprets Its Blood Shield Statute To Protect Commercial Suppliers of Blood Therapies, Mealy's Emerging Drugs & Devices, 2000

Fraud-on-the-FDA Claims in Litigation, Pharmaceutical Executive, 1999

Traps for the Unwary: Why Counsel Should Think Twice Before Joining Additional Parties in Civil Litigation, 36 Duquesne L. Rev. 521, 1998

Ethics or Procedure? A Discovery-Based Approach to Ex Parte Contacts with Former Employees of a Corporate Adversary, 68 Notre Dame L. Rev. 81, 1992

Representative Cases:
Air Evac EMS participates in NTSB special hearings focusing on safety issues (2009)
Allegheny Health, nation's largest nonprofit healthcare company, files chapter 11 cases (2009)
Bayer Corporation's Miles division wins summary judgment in case of first impression involving limited immunity for commercial supplier of blood products
CBS settles breach of fiduciary duty claim before trial against former employee
City of Erie School District obtains dismissal of RICO claims due to property assessments (2009)
Community team works to transform vacant properties to productive parcels to benefit flood-damaged municipalities in Pittsburgh (2008)
Corry Hiebert Corp. wins partial summary judgment in age discrimination action
Defond Manufacturing defends against claims in commercial arbitration following deaths in house fire allegedly caused by consumer product
Diocese of Erie obtains dismissal in defamation action on First Amendment grounds
Harris Corporation defends against private mediation in dispute involving failed delivery of energy management computer system
Official Creditors Committee of AHERF seeks judicial declaration that D&O insurance polices not subject to rescission by carriers
Parker Hannifin defends aviation action involving crash of USAir Flight 427 near Pittsburgh (2009)
Parker Hannifin jury finds no liability for punitive damages in aviation case involving plane carrying former Missouri Governor Mel Carnahan (2009)
Parker Hannifin obtains non-suit with prejudice in wrongful death action stemming from single-engine Cessna crash (2009)
Parker Hannifin obtains Rule 12(b)(6) dismissal of RICO claims (2009)
Parker Hannifin settles during appeal claims filed in wake of SilkAir crash (2009)
Parker Hannifin wins Ninth Circuit dismissal of wrongful death claims involving single-engine plane crash (2009)
Parker Hannifin wins summary judgment on all claims in an Argentina plane crash claiming the lives of senior business executives (2009)
R.J. Reynolds obtains voluntary dismissal of ERISA and tort claims by labor union plan
R.J. Reynolds obtains voluntary dismissal of wrongful death claims in Philadelphia County Court
R.J. Reynolds obtains voluntary dismissal of wrongful death claims in Western District of Pennsylvania
Ryder System defends against commercial litigation involving failed sale and closing of manufacturing subsidiary
Swissair defends action relating to crash of airliner off coast of Nova Scotia (2009)
Temple Inland defends against six wrongful death and personal injury actions arising out of explosion at particleboard manufacturing plant
Textron defends against Philadelphia County mass tort actions involving alleged silicosis
Textron obtains dismissals in silica exposure cases
The Williams Companies defend against dispute over allocation ofaccess to capacity in natural gas pipeline
Third Circuit reverses district court, affirms right to seek DNA evidence post-conviction under 1983
U.S. Silica's judgment n.o.v. following jury trial is upheld by Pennsylvania Supreme Court
U.S. Steel successfully resolves toxic tort suit involving alleged exposure to benzene and light oil from coke batteries (2009)
UAG defends against Tennessee and Mississippi class action involving "dealer reserve" revenues relating to automobile financing
UAG wins dismissal of putative consumer protection class action in New Jersey state court involving "dealer reserve" revenues
United Auto Group defends against consumer protection class action relating to dealer-assisted financing
Westinghouse Electric obtains defense verdict in race discrimination jury trial
Yamaha defends nationwide litigation of product liability cases and claims involving the Rhino side-by-side ("SxS") vehicle (2009)
Zurn Industries wins dismissal of negligence subrogation case involving one of largest fires in Erie, PA
Past Employment Positions:
Honorable Ruggero J. Aldisert, former chief judge of the United States Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, Law Clerk, 1986 - 1987

West Practice Categories:
Asbestos Mesothelioma, Business & Commercial, Consumer Protection, Drugs & Medical Devices, Litigation & Appeals, Motor Vehicle Defects, Products Liability

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