John A. Livingood, Jr.

John A. Livingood, Jr.

Office:Philadelphia, PA
Phone:(215) 931-5868
Cell:(215) 738-0879

John A. Livingood, Jr. defends insured and self-insured entities in casualty litigation. John represents automobile dealerships, repair facilities and vehicle parts manufacturers in all aspects of motor vehicle litigation, including products liability actions, consumer protection issues and trade secret disputes.

John is primary counsel for a Philadelphia-based crane rental company and a major East Coast construction and facilities management company, serving as counsel on casualty claims, contract negotiations, litigation, bid disputes, liens and collections.

Mr. Livingood has extensive experience in management and coordination of large scale legal projects, ranging from the oversight of multiple lawyer litigation teams to successful and efficient implementation of comprehensive claims review programs. He leverages the firm’s industry leading technology to provide clients with innovative data driven litigation solutions.


  • Widener University School of Law (J.D.)
  • Bucknell University (B.A.)


  • AV Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rated
  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyers
  • Delaware Journal of Corporate Law, articles editor
  • Past President -- Philadelphia Association of Defense Counsel

Bar Admissions:

  • Pennsylvania
  • New Jersey

Court Admissions:

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, New Jesey

Professional Affiliations:

  • Defense Research Institute
  • Pennsylvania Defense Institute
  • Philadelphia Association of Defense Counsel

Speaking Engagements and Presentations:

  • PBI - Distracted Driving
  • PBI - Fair Share Act

Articles and Publications:

Representative Matters:

  • In re: Market Street Building Collapse -- Primary insurance defense counsel for collapsed building owner in the longest jury trial in Philadelphia history.
  • Turner v. Bowman — Defense verdict in Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas for driver of a disabled vehicle struck by a school bus on a major highway.
  • Smith v. Marchetti — Defense verdict in motor vehicle liability case where the matter was transferred to Mr. Livingood just 72 hours before jury selection.
  • Seidel v. White’s Harley Davidson — Summary judgment for a motorcycle dealership in a products liability action based on plaintiff’s spoliation of evidence.
  • Elliott Lewis Corporation v. 101 Walnut — Obtained a near full recovery of all amounts owed to a subcontractor from an owner and lender on a distressed condominium project through use of mechanic’s liens and litigation.
  • Deon v. Bergeys — Summary judgment for a retread tire manufacturer in a personal injury action, arguing that the plaintiff could not prove a defect in the product.
  • Depew v. Sautter Crane — Defense verdict for a crane owner and operator in a significant personal injury action brought by an injured worker.
  • Quinn v. Carroll Valley Resort — Defended a local resort against a significant dram shop action, with no recovery by plaintiff.
  • Smith v. Elliott Lewis Corp. — Defense verdict in Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas in favor of jet bridge maintenance company in fall down claim by an airline employee.
  • Chizkov v. Moore — Defense verdict in Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas for motor vehicle operator who struck plaintiff, an adult bicyclist, resulting in multiple cervical fractures and surgery.
  • Thomas v. Elliott Lewis — Obtained complete recovery of all defense and settlement costs in a bench trial on enforcement of a contractual indemnity clause.