John J. Haggerty, Commercial Litigator, Joins Fox Rothschild

May 5, 2009

Fox Rothschild has announced that John J. Haggerty has joined the firm as a partner in the Litigation Department. Haggerty will divide his time between the firm’s Warrington and Philadelphia offices.

“John’s reputation as a leading commercial litigator has traveled far and wide,” said Susan J. Smith, managing partner of the Bucks County office. “His extensive knowledge of both the Pennsylvania and Ohio legal system, as well as his business acumen garnered from years as a successful in-house counsel for a large international corporation will serve our office well as we continue to expand our capabilities for clients.”

Haggerty focuses his practice on complex commercial, class action, insurance, product liability and mass tort litigation matters for major corporations in state and federal courts throughout the country. He has successfully tried numerous jury trials in a variety of jurisdictions. Haggerty has served as national counsel in tobacco, welding fumes and lead paint litigation. He blends his trial skills and in-house experience to strategically and cost-effectively defend all types of complex litigation.

Haggerty has been ranked by Chambers USA as one of Ohio’s leading General Commercial Litigation lawyers and was one of only 113 attorneys nationally to be named to the 2007 BTI Client Service All-Star Team for law firms.

Prior to joining Fox, Haggerty was chair of the Business Litigation Group of a large Cleveland law firm. He previously served as Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary for ICI Paints – one of the world’s largest producers of paints, coatings and specialty products. Prior to that, Haggerty was global litigation counsel for ICI Americas, Inc. in New Jersey, and an associate at Dechert LLP in Philadelphia.

Active in the legal community, Haggerty is a member of the American Bar Association, the Defense Research Institute, the International Association of Defense Counsel, and the Ohio and Pennsylvania Bar Associations.

Haggerty received his J.D., cum laude, from Temple University Law School in 1992 and his B.A., cum laude, from Franklin and Marshall College in 1989. He is admitted to practice in Ohio, New Jersey and Pennsylvania and before a variety of federal and state courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court.

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