John P. McShea III

John McShea is an experienced trial and appellate lawyer who handles a variety of civil litigation, including cases in the areas of contract law, products liability, patents, trade secrets, trademarks, restrictive covenants, class actions, business torts and construction litigation. He focuses his practice in federal and state courts in Pennsylvania, but he has appeared in courts in Illinois, Texas, Delaware, Mississippi, Washington, D.C. and Hawaii in representation of clients.

Mr. McShea's trial work in recent years includes: obtaining a defense verdict on behalf of a public corporation sued for more than $275 million in a nationwide class action involving claims of false advertising and breach of warranties tried before a Philadelphia County jury; defense of a medical device manufacturer accused of patent infringement; defense of a chemical manufacturer sued in federal court by one of the nation's largest railroad companies for breach of a freight transportation contract; prosecution of a breach of contract claim in federal court in Chicago; defense of a spine implant device manufacturer in a federal jury trial involving theft of trade secrets and unfair competition claims; and obtaining a substantial monetary judgment and a permanent injunction in federal court against two individuals for violations of trademark law and breach of contract.

Among other notable courtroom accomplishments, Mr. McShea has twice won verdicts of more than $3 million on behalf of plaintiffs in personal injury cases and obtained a defense verdict from a jury for a public corporation sued for $43 million for alleged conversion of stock.

He represents two of the country's largest companies in asbestos litigation in Eastern Pennsylvania, and serves on the Federal court-appointed Defendants' Steering Committee for MDL 875.

Before co-founding the firm in 1998, Mr. McShea was a partner with Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott and Hoyle, Morris & Kerr; he began his career with the Obermayer Rebmann firm.

He received his undergraduate degree from Georgetown University in 1977, and received his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center in 1981.

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Products Liability
  • Construction Litigation

  • Georgetown University Law Center, 1981 J.D.
  • Georgetown University, 1977 A.B.

  • Pennsylvania, 1981
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit