John H. Williams, Jr.

Member

Overview

John Williams focuses his practice on insurance coverage, product liability and contracts, as well as appellate practice in many areas of law. His insurance law practice includes litigation of insurance coverage claims, providing coverage opinions and analysis of various coverages under commercial property, commercial general liability (CGI), business property and surplus lines policies.

In addition, John appears regularly before state and federal appellate courts. Areas of appellate practice have included tort law, contract law, insurance and bad faith law, Locomotive Inspection Act (LIA), Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) and medical preemption, immigration law, governmental immunity, and Estates and Trusts, among others.

Representative Matters

Insurance Coverage:

  • Led a case against one of the world’s largest insurers and secured what remains as the largest punitive damage verdict ever rendered in Pennsylvania against an insurer;
  • Obtained a ruling under Pennsylvania law that compensable insurer bad faith can exist even in the absence of insurance coverage;
  • Obtained a ruling that Kvaerner U.S., Inc. v. Commercial Union Ins. Co., 908 A.2d 888 (Pa. 2006), does not apply to preclude coverage where property other than the insured’s work has been damaged;
  • Represents insureds seeking coverage and/or defense under GL, BOP, HO, Commercial Auto, D&O, Personal Auto and Umbrella Policies
  • Represents insurers seeking determinations of coverage obligations and obligations of defense, in intercompany coverage disputes, and in subrogation matters
  • Regularly lectures on issues of insurer Bad Faith, Insurance Coverage and Insurance Litigation Tactics.

Product Liability:

  • Represents product manufacturers, component part manufacturers, distributors, and retailers of products in litigation

Litigation:

  • Represents manufacturers, law firms, judges, local governments, insurance companies, and individuals in a wide variety of contexts

Appellate Practice:

  • Lead appellate counsel in more than 90 appeals
  • Addressed such issues as insurance coverage and insurer bad faith, product liability, civil rights and prosecutorial misconduct, ERISA preemption, LIA preemption, federal jurisdiction, appellate jurisdiction, legal malpractice, immigration, state and federal civil procedure, federal criminal procedure, competence and admissibility of expert testimony and many other topics before the appellate courts
  • Regularly provides CLE presentations on matters of state and federal procedural practice and strategies

Community Involvement

  • Reading is FUNdamental Pittsburgh, elementary school reading mentor

News and Insights

Publications

  • “Pennsylvania ‘s Insurance Bad Faith Statute: What a Business Owner Should Know,” June 2012.
  • “Pennsylvania ‘s Insurance Bad Faith Statute: What a Business Owner Should Know,” June 2010.
  • “Defense Strategies in Foodborne Illness Litigation,” The Legal Intelligencer, February 2009.
  • “Pennsylvania ‘s Insurance Bad Faith Statute: What a Business Owner Should Know,” June 2008.
  • “A Primer on Proposed Tort Reform Legislation in Pennsylvania” Dynamic Business, January/February 2008.
  • “In Bad Faith Case, Damages Stand Alone From Attorney Fees Award,” Pennsylvania Law Weekly, June 2006.

Speaking Engagements

  • “Appellate Pitfalls: Record and Issue Preservation,” Continuing Legal Education (CLE), July 2012.
  • “Appellate Pitfalls: Motions Practice Before The Appellate Courts,” CLE, July 2012.
  • “Pennsylvania ‘s Insurance Bad Faith Statute: What a Business Owner Should Know,” Pennsylvania Bar Institute CLE, June 2012.
  • “Pennsylvania’s Insurance Bad Faith Statute: What a Business Owner Should Know,” January 2010.
  • “Pennsylvania’s Insurance Bad Faith Statute: What a Business Owner Should Know,” July 2008.
  • “Why Appellate Counsel? The Benefits of the Seasoned Appellate Practitioner,” Perspectives into Legal Developments, Eckert Seamans’ CLE, August 2007.
  • “The Ten Most Important Pennsylvania Insurance Decisions in the Last Year,” CLE, August 2006.
  • “Innovative Ways to Get More Out of a Company’s Insurance Policy,” CLE, August 2005.