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John D. Balaguer Partner

Managing Partner, Wilmington, DE Office
Wilmington, DE | Direct 302.467.4501 | Fax 302.467.4551
 | balaguerj@whiteandwilliams.com
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John Balaguer has over 25 years of experience defending complex tort cases and is one of the premiere trial lawyers in the State of Delaware.  John is frequently sought out by insurers as well as self insured institutions and individuals to handle matters involving intricate liability issues, catastrophic damages and cutting edge legal theories.  He focuses his practice on healthcare litigation, particularly claims of medical negligence, as well as claims against non-medical professionals, product liability and premises liability matters.  John also represents insurers in coverage disputes, including those alleging bad faith.

John’s depth of experience allows him to provide his clients with early and accurate damage assessments, access to leading experts in the field and a proven track record of success before juries, trial judges and administrative tribunals.  John’s courtroom reputation also serves to facilitate successful alternative dispute resolution, when trial is not the best option.

In addition to his extensive trial practice, John frequently appears in appellate matters before the Delaware Supreme Court.

As a result of his thorough knowledge of the Delaware state and federal courts, John also is often asked to serve as local counsel in high stakes insurance coverage and commercial litigation in Delaware. 

John has managed the firm’s Delaware office since its opening in 1989.  He has served on the firm’s Operations Committee and is currently a member of the Executive Committee. 

Representative Matters

  • Lead trial counsel in four week trial of nine figure multi-excess carrier insurance coverage dispute involving exhaustion, trigger, and defense issues arising from thousands of underlying asbestos personal injury claims
  • Defense of Medical Society of Delaware in first of its kind class action arising out of the alleged sexual molestation of hundreds of children by  pediatrician Earl Bradley
  • Defense of physicians and hospitals in cases filed on behalf of brain damaged infants, children and adults
  • Favorable trial results in medical cases involving general, orthopedic, neurological, obstetrical and cardiac surgery, interventional cardiology/ radiology and emergency room care
  • Defense verdicts in cases alleging delayed diagnosis of cancer, cardiac and neurologic disorders
  • Defense of nursing homes and long term care facilities in suits involving death or serious injury of residents and in-state administrative investigations
  • Product liability defense of auto, furniture and medical device manufacturers
  • Defense of insurance agents, real estate agents and engineers accused of professional negligence
  • Defense of School Districts, Universities and Churches in matters involving alleged assault and sexual abuse
  • Defense of drivers, trucking companies and road construction contractors in multi-fatality auto accidents
  • Defense of premises liability matters involving sports and playground equipment and security issues
  • Defense of liability and workers compensation insurers in bad faith litigation 

Recognition & Involvement

John has been recognized as a Delaware "Super Lawyer" in a survey of his peers by Law & Politics magazine and as a "Top Lawyer in the State" by Delaware Today Magazine.  He is also a Fellow in the elite American College of Trial Lawyers, widely considered to be the premier professional trial organization in America.

John served for 12 years in the Delaware National Guard, achieving the rank of Major.  He has been a volunteer coach and judge for high school mock trial competitions in Delaware and Pennsylvania as well as a judge for the National High School Mock Trial competition.  He serves on the Board of Trustees of the New Castle Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church (USA) and has served on the Board of Trustees of Trinity Presbyterian Church and as a member of the New Castle Presbytery’s Permanent Judicial Commission.  For a week each summer, John does volunteer emergency home repair with the Appalachia Service Project.

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Bar and Court Admissions

Delaware

New Jersey

Pennsylvania

Education

Widener University School of Law, JD, with honors, 1985

University of Delaware, BA, 1981

Memberships

American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow

American Board of Trial Advocates, Associate

Defense Counsel of Delaware

Defense Research Institute

Delaware State Bar Association

Pennsylvania Bar Association