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John A. Orlando Partner

Philadelphia, PA | Direct 215.864.7176Fax 215.789.7676
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John Orlando is an experienced trial attorney and has tried more than 60 cases over his 30-year law career. John has tried many product liability cases. He has also tried cases arising from construction accidents, automobile, motorcycle, trucking and bicycle accidents, dram shop claims, civil rights claims, sports related injury claims and premises liability claims. Because of his trial experience and his preference for trial work, John has had the opportunity to work within several of the firm’s practice groups. He has represented clients in various alternate dispute resolution forums and has also served as a mediator, an arbitrator and a judge pro tem. 

John has tried cases in state and federal courts involving products such as power and punch presses, riveting machines, industrial mixers, overhead and gantry cranes, boom cranes, high lift devices and scaffolding equipment, lift trucks and other material handling equipment and conveyor systems, beverage delivery trailers, dump truck bodies, brake systems, bottle labeling machines, coating and caulking materials, racing bicycles, helmets, wire rope and cables, industrial foot switches, exercise equipment, household goods and children’s toys. 

John has also tried cases in State and Federal Courts arising from automobile, motorcycle, truck, tractor trailer and bicycle accidents. Many of these cases required accident reconstructions and demonstrative exhibits and animations.

Presenting cases in Mock Trials has given John the opportunity to observe jurors deliberate and decide cases as well as a chance to discuss these jurors and the entire deliberation process with jury consultants and psychologists.

John’s trial work has also given him the opportunity to work with experts from many disciplines. For example, when trying construction accident cases, John has both presented and cross-examined civil and structural engineers, architects and others with OSHA and building code expertise. 

During law school, John was a published author and an editor of the Temple Law Review

John has written the trial preparation chapter for the Trial Tactics Continuing Legal Education course and has presented courses for Continuing Legal Education on such topics as products liability updates, use of demonstrative evidence including videotaped demonstrations in product liability cases and the use of expert witnesses in product liability cases. He also speaks to claims professionals on a number of topics, including trial preparation, trial techniques, opening statements, product liability claims, civil rights litigation, police misconduct litigation and premises liability claims.

Representative Matters

  • A complicated negligence and civil rights claim arising from the shooting death of a father with eleven children.
  • The defense of a particular model standup lift truck in 3 cases in which the plaintiffs alleged various specific and repetitive type injuries
  • A multi-million dollar demand case involving a plant worker injured on an allegedly defective paper winding machine   
  • The defense of a foster care agency which allegedly exposed a foster child to abuse through a negligent placement decision
  • The mediation of a complicated multi-party construction accident case resulting in a favorable settlement for the firm’s client

Recognition & Involvement

Since 2013, John has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America in the practice area of Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants. John has also been selected in a survey of his peers as a Pennsylvania "Super Lawyer" by Super Lawyers since 2009, and is AV® Preeminent™ rated by the Martindale-Hubbell peer review rating system.

After graduating from college, John worked as an auditor for the public accounting firm Arthur Anderson while pursuing a possible career in Federal Law Enforcement. An eye injury sustained during an ice hockey game left him ineligible for many Federal Law Enforcement positions so John decided to serve as a police officer for the Bensalem Township Police from 1976 through 1980. During his tenure, he received four commendations from the department. He was also elected President of the Police Benevolent Association, which provided labor representation for the officers. John’s assignments included the uniform patrol division and the plain clothes tactical unit. His work as a police officer often meant testifying in court in jury and non-jury trials and various preliminary and evidentiary hearings. From his appearances and testimony in court, John developed a passion for the courtroom and decided to become a lawyer. 

John has remained very active in youth ice hockey organizations. He is a certified ice hockey coach and has coached various youth ice hockey teams for many years. Also an avid cyclist, John volunteers to raise money and participates in several charity bike-a-thons each year which support the American Cancer Society, the Philadelphia Police Charitable Foundation and the MS Society.  



Bar and Court Admissions


U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania


Temple University School of Law, JD, cum laude, 1983

St. Joseph's University, BS, 1975 


American Bar Association

Pennsylvania Bar Association

Philadelphia Bar Association

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