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John C. Farrell

Shareholder
2000 Market Street, Suite 2300
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 575-2787
(215) 575-0856 - Fax
jcfarrell@mdwcg.com

Over the past 20 years, Jack has developed considerable knowledge and experience in the fields of health care and commercial liability. As a shareholder in the firm's Health Care Department, he focuses his practice in medical, dental and nursing malpractice, with a secondary interest in general construction liability and product liability cases.

Jack's areas of practice cover medical malpractice involving the representation of hospitals, physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses and physical therapists; dental malpractice involving the representation of oral surgeons, periodontists, prosthodontists, endodontists, orthodontists and general dentists; construction liability cases involving the representation of general contractors, subcontractors, engineers, architects and surveyors; premises liability involving the representation of commercial shopping centers, corporate centers, healthcare offices, etc.; product liability with respect to the representation of manufacturers, distributors and wholesalers; and legal malpractice involving the representation of lawyers, paralegals and legal secretaries. 

Jack has handled 750 to 1,000 medical and dental malpractice cases, 250 to 500 construction and premises liability cases, and 50 to 100 product liability cases. He has taken approximately 40 cases to trial, 30 of which were tried to a jury. All but three of these trials resulted in defense verdicts. The three plaintiff verdicts were in the amounts of $2,511, $30,000, and $500,000. He has also handled class actions involving motor vehicle and consumer fraud, the Paxil litigation, and EtG testing.

Jack received his Bachelor of Arts degree cum laude from Ursinus College, and earned his juris doctor from The Dickinson School of Law.

In addition to his legal career, Jack is on the board of directors of American Missionary Fellowship and is a teacher at Great Valley Presbyterian Church. He serves as manager for Berwyn/Paoli girls' softball teams from ages 10 to 16, as well as softball tournament teams, and is the coach of the Paoli Wildcats 11-12 boys basketball team. 

Significant Representative Matters

  • Obtained partial summary judgment for a waste management company in a case involving the Federal Motor Vehicle Code and later resolved the case, which had a $10 million demand and involved four fatalities and one brain injured passenger in a multi-vehicle tractor trailer/car accident.

  • Successfully represented a commercial retail establishment in the food business arena in a products liability case involving a multi-piece wheel assembly which resulted in plaintiff unfortunately experiencing permanent disability when the multi-piece wheel assembly separated from the vehicle striking the pedestrian in the head.

  • Successfully defended a commercial business establishment in a subrogation action that resulted in a fire destroying a building and business, resulting in excess of $10 million in claimed property damage and business interruption losses. Obtained summary judgment and then resolved the case.

  • Successfully defended a product manufacturer in a case concerning a chemical explosion at a plant resulting in excess of $10 million in property damage and five fatalities.

  • In a dental malpractice case with a $600,000 pre-trial demand, $1 million trial demand and a request for punitive damages, presented experts in the fields of general dentistry, endodontics, and oral surgery. The jury verdict came back in favor of the plaintiff against the defendant in the amount of $2,511.

  • In a medical malpractice action claiming a failure to refer and perform a cardiac catheterization, through the use of medical experts, including experts in the fields of general cardiology and invasive cardiology, able to obtain a defense verdict.

  • In a nursing malpractice case, with the patient dying in a nursing home, the jury came back with a defense verdict.

  • In a physical therapy malpractice matter involving a patient who claimed to have re-torn his shoulder, the jury returned a defense verdict.

Classes/Seminars Taught

  • Lectured to Philadelphia County Dental Society

  • Lectured to Pennsylvania Psychology Association

  • Lectured to Temple University, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

  • Seminars on risk management techniques and controls

  • Seminars on discoverability of witness statements

  • Seminar on litigation management plans

  • Lectured to study group of Joseph Gian-Grasso, D.D.S. on dental malpractice trends

Published Works

  • "A Good Samaritan Is Hard To Find," Defense Digest, Vol. 9, No. 2, June 2003

  • "Pennsylvania Superior Court Holds That Root Canal Requires Informed Consent," Defense Digest, Dec. Vol. 5, No. 6, 1999

  • "Taking the Bite Out of Strict Liability For Dentists," Defense Digest, February 1996

  • "Intervening and Superseding Causes Still Alive and Well" (co-author with A. Berman), Counterpoint, October 1993

Education

  • The Dickinson School of Law, Carlisle, PA (J.D., 1988)

  • Ursinus College, Collegeville, PA (B.A., 1985)

    Honors: cum laude

Education

  • The Dickinson School of Law (J.D., 1988)
  • Ursinus College (B.A., cum laude, 1985)

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania, 1988
  • District of Columbia, 1989
  • Colorado, 1990
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Associations & Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • Philadelphia Bar Association

Honors & Awards

Year Joined Organization: 1995

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