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John P. Gonzales

Shareholder
2000 Market Street, Suite 2300
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 575-2871
(215) 575-0856 - Fax
jpgonzales@mdwcg.com

John is a shareholder in the Philadelphia office of Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin. He practices in the areas of civil rights, municipal liability, school claims and employment law.

John has represented police officers and public officials in state and federal court in all aspects of civil rights litigation including claims involving use of force, wrongful arrest and land use. In addition, John has represented public and private employers in wrongful discharge, employment discrimination and defamation claims from administrative proceedings through trial. John has tried dozens of cases in state and federal courts and argued cases before the Third Circuit Court of Appeals.

In addition to his trial work, John has presented numerous seminars to police departments, law firms and government agencies in the areas of police practices, civil rights issues and municipal liability. He has consulted with police departments concerning the development of policies and procedures and provided advice and guidance to employers concerning employment-related matters.

John received his juris doctor from Temple University School of Law, where he was a member of the Moot Court Honor Society, and graduated from the University of Scranton with a Bachelor of Arts in history and philosophy and a Master of Arts in history. He is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Middle Districts of Pennsylvania and the Third Circuit Court of Appeals.

Significant Representative Matters

  • Defense verdict for local police department in case involving false arrest and malicious prosecution arising out of the misidentification of a suspect in a police lineup.

  • Defense verdict for county employer in case involving Title VII Sex Discrimination in the termination of a county court reporter.

  • Defense verdict for county employer in case involving allegations of sexual harassment and hostile work environment at a county prison.

  • Defense verdict for local police department in case involving allegations of false arrest and excessive force arising out of the arrest of a suspect who allegedly assaulted a police officer during a traffic incident.

  • Successful defense of a local police department in the district court and then on appeal to the Third Circuit in case involving allegations of excessive force in the death of a suspect who was alleged to have died while in custody from compression asphyxia.

  • Successful defense of a local municipality in the district court and then on appeal to the Third Circuit in case involving a land use civil rights claim that a developer's substantive due process rights were violated in the context of zoning and land use decisions by a Board of Supervisors.

  • Defense verdict for county employer in case involving claims of first amendment retaliation by a former deputy chief probation officer.

  • Defense verdict for local police officers accused of wrongfully arresting a husband in a domestic dispute.

  • Defense verdict for township detective accused of racial discrimination and conspiracy by an African American police officer in a failure to hire case.

Classes/Seminars Taught

  • Legal Updates for Law Enforcement, Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association's Centennial Training Education Conference, July 14, 2014

  • Managing a Maturing Workforce: The Legal Perspective, Delaware Valley Trust, June 2014

  • Social Media & Cyber Breaches: the Internet's Impact on Your Business, The Graham Company, co-presenter, May 2014

  • Navigating The Bermuda Triangle: The Intersection of Workers' Compensation, FMLA and ADA, Roadmap to Success - Understanding Workers' Compensation, Marshall Dennehey seminar, October 24, 2013

  • Hot Topics in Employment, Marshall Dennehey / AIG Seminar, Philadelphia, PA, October 10, 2013

  • Land Use Litigation and Liability Issues for Local Government, Delaware Founders Insurance Trust, September 2011

  • Land Use Civil Rights and Avoiding Liability video and webinar, Delaware Valley Insurance Trust, 2009

  • Police Liability Seminar, Delaware Valley Insurance Trust, November 2007

  • Law Enforcement Seminar - Use of Force Issues, Dauphin County, 2006

  • Train the Trainers Program, Municipal Police Officer Education and Training Commission, November 2005

  • Use of Force in Pennsylvania, Lorman Education Services, CLE, February 4, 2005

  • Use of Force in Pennsylvania, Lorman Education Services, CLE, February 6, 2004

  • Tort Claims Act, Delaware Valley Insurance Trust, March 2004

  • Civil Rights Liability, Delaware Valley Insurance Trust, March 2004

Published Works

  • "Pennsylvania's Emergence Code: An Additional Level of Protection for Municipalities and Their Employees Performing Emergency Services," Defense Digest, Vol. 6, No. 2, April 2000

  • Co-author, "Sex-Based Shift Assignments: Employers May Use Common Sense," Defense Digest, Vol. 2, No. 7, 1996

  • Co-author, "Employment Discrimination Claims: Arbitration Under Collective Bargaining Clauses," Defense Digest, Vol. 2, No. 6, 1996

  • Co-author, "Third Circuit Takes Pennsylvania Beyond 402(A)," Defense Digest, Winter, 1994

Education

  • Temple University School of Law, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (J.D., 1993)

    Honors: Temple Moot Court Honor Society
    Honors: First Place, Best Brief, Polsky Moot Court Competition, 1991

  • University of Scranton (M.A., 1989)

    Major: History

  • University of Scranton (B.A., 1989)

    Major: History / Philosophy

Law Alerts April 8, 2015
The U.S. Supreme Court determines that the Pregnancy Discrimination Act requires a new standard. by Candace D. Embry, Esq.* The U.S. Supreme Court issued its opinion in Young v. United Parcel Service, Inc., on March 25, 2015, in which the Court..., The material in this law alert has been prepared for our readers by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin. It is solely intended to provide information on recent legal developments, and is not intended to provide legal advice for a specific...
Dec 6, 2016
Obtained a defense verdict in a Section 1983 Excessive Force case in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania. ​The plaintiff alleged that a Sergeant from the York City Police Department physically attacked him after he had...
Apr 21, 2016
Obtained summary judgment in a civil rights lawsuit filed under Section 1983 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. The plaintiff sued several police officers for wrongful arrest and malicious prosecution, claiming...
Feb 16, 2015
The defense prevailed in an inverse condemnation proceeding in the Luzerne County, PA, Court of Common Pleas. The plaintiffs owned a large tract of land in a borough in the county and, several years ago, the borough placed an asphalt over a dirt...
Feb 16, 2015
Obtained a defense verdict after a four-day jury trial in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania. The plaintiff alleged that law enforcement officers used excessive force, in violation of the Fourth Amendment, when removing...
October 1, 2011
John Gonzales (Philadelphia, PA) and Art Aranilla (Wilmington, DE) recently presented a seminar on land use issues to representatives of municipalities from all three Delaware counties, organized by the Delaware Founds Insurance Trust.  (10/11)
Conference Jul 13, 2014
Christopher P. Boyle and John P. Gonzales will be featured speakers at the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Centennial Conference. On July 14, Chris will present "Civil Litigation Boot Camp for New Police Chiefs," and John will present,...
Conference Jul 12, 2015
Christopher P. Boyle and John P. Gonzales will be featured speakers at the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Annual Education and Training Conference. On July 15, Chris will present, "Legal Updates for Law Enforcement," and John will...

Education

  • Temple University School of Law (J.D., 1993)
  • University of Scranton (B.A., 1989; M.A. 1989)

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania, 1994
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 1994
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Pennsylvania, 2000
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit, 2006

Associations & Memberships

  • Montgomery County Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association

Honors & Awards

Year Joined Organization: 1994

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