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John C. McMeekin II

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    (215) 575-4324
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    (215) 563-2583
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U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit


John C. McMeekin II is a Partner of Rawle & Henderson LLP in the Philadelphia office. He is a member of the Firm’s Executive Committee. John’s practice concentrates in the areas of environmental, toxic and mass torts, class actions, products and professional liability, insurance coverage litigation and aviation related claims. He represents clients in the United States and abroad as National Coordinating Counsel and trial counsel in the defense of long-term latent injury and defect, chemical exposure and product liability cases. He is Liaison Counsel to the Court in the Philadelphia County silica litigation. He represents the Pennsylvania Underground Storage Tank Indemnification Fund and its eligible owners and operators in groundwater, property damages and monitoring claims, as well as determinations of eligibility. He has represented clients in state and federal class actions, multi-plaintiff consolidated mass torts and multi-district proceedings for drug & medical device litigation, MTBE, asbestos, silica, latex gloves, orthopedic bone screws and FRTP.

Mr. McMeekin is a graduate of Bucknell University and a magna cum laude graduate of the University Of Baltimore School Of Law. He practices in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Maryland, as well as the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, United States District Court for the Southern District of New York and the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. He has practiced pro hac vice before the state and federal courts in Montana, West Virginia, Texas, Maine, Massachusetts, New York, California, Georgia, Florida, Illinois, Delaware, Ohio and Hawaii.

He is a former firefighter and emergency medical technician. In 2001 he was elected to the Radnor Township School Board of Directors on which he served as a board member and the Board President – until 2009. He served as a board member and President of the Delaware County Intermediate Unit and Delaware County Vocational Technical Institute, which serve the educational needs of children with special needs and in career and vocational technical education until 2009. Mr. McMeekin is also a member of the board of the Delaware County Community Foundation, which, facilitates donor directed charitable giving.

He is active in the American Bar Association and its leadership in areas of practice, governance and public service. He was elected in February of 2023 to a three-year term on the ABA’s House of Delegates. John is the Chair of the ABA Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section.  Mr. McMeekin has also served the American Bar Association as a Council Member, Section Secretary, Revenue officer, Chair of the Toxic Tort & Environmental Law Committee, Chair of the International Law Committee, and Chair of the CLE Board. He co-chaired the Corporate Counsel Initiative Task Force and is an active member of the Committee on Diversity and Inclusion. John is a member of the ABA Section Officer committee. John chaired the Philadelphia Bar Association Environmental and Toxic Tort Law Committee and has been a member of the Delaware Valley Environmental Inn of Court. He serves as a Counselor (Board Member) for the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.

Mr. McMeekin has spoken and presented numerous times nationally and internationally on drug & medical devices, toxic tort and environmental issues, including on the topics of expert testimony and admissibility, diesel emissions, MTBE litigation, electronic discovery, class action litigation and bio-terrorism. Mr. McMeekin is also a frequent newspaper and television commentator concerning issues related to public education and governance. He has published numerous papers and articles on practice areas of interest.

Named Top 40 Under 40 Lawyers in Pennsylvania (2002)
ABA/TIPS Award for Innovative Excellence (2003; 2004)
American Bar Association Recognition Award (2004; 2006)
Pennsylvania “Super Lawyer”
AV Preeminent Rating by Martindale-Hubbell

Chair, American Bar Association Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section (2020-Present)
School Director, Radnor Township, PA (2001-2009)
President (2004-2006; 2007-2008)
Radnor Township Parks and Recreation Board (2001-2004)
Delaware County Community College,
Liaison to Board of Trustees (2001 – 2003)
Delaware County Intermediate Unit (2003-Present)(President 2006-2009)
Delaware County Area Vocational – Technical School Board
(President 2006-2009)
Delaware County Intermediate Unit Education Foundation (2003-2009)
Delaware County Community Foundation, Board of Directors (2007-Present)
Radnor Volunteer Fire Company, Board Member

Speaker, Yours, Mine, & Auers: Agency Deference in 2020Environmental & Energy, Mass Torts, and Products Liability Litigation Committees’ Joint Regional CLE Program, Snowmass Village, Colorado, January 2020

Speaker, American Bar Association Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section Cannabis Conference, Chicago, Illinois, September 2019

Speaker, Talc Litigation: Defending an Emerging Mass Tort from Mine to ConsumerAnnual National Forum for Environmental & Toxic Tort Issues (FETTI) Conference, Chicago, Illinois, September 2019

Speaker, Trial Masters—Knowledge We Wish We Had Years AgoAmerican Bar Association Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section Conference, May 2019

Speaker, Is There Jurisdiction? The Evolution of Personal Jurisdiction under Daimler and Its Progeny2019 Claims & Litigation Management Annual Conference, March 2019

Speaker, Aftermath of BMS: Successor Jurisdiction With a Look at Cases That Can Be Filed and Cases That CannotNew Jersey Asbestos Litigation Conference, September 2018

Co-Presenter, Personal Jurisdiction: A New Look at Mass Tort Litigation – Where Do We Go from Here?24th Annual National Forum for Environmental & Toxic Tort Issues (FETTI) Conference, October 2017

Speaker, “Let’s Get Personal: The Renewed Resurgence in Personal Jurisdiction Decisions,” 26th Annual Spring ABA Toxic Torts & Environmental Law Conference, April 2017

Co-Speaker, “Challenging the Exercise of Personal Jurisdiction and the Rise of Specific Jurisdiction Post-Daimler,” Annual National Forum for Environmental & Toxic Tort Issues (FETTI) Conference, Chicago, Illinois, September 2016

Co-Author, Recent Developments in International Law, Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Law Journal, Winter 2015 (50:2)

Co-Author, Pennsylvania: Appellate—First Amendment DecisionRawle’s Reports, Vol. 19, No. 1, January 2015

Co-Author, Pennsylvania: Trademark InfringementRawle’s Reports, Vol. 16, No. 11, November 2012

Co-Author, Stigma Damages and Diminution of Property Claims in Environmental Class ActionsEnvironmental Claims Journal, Volume 24, Issue 3, 2012

Co-Author, The Impact of MDL 875 on Asbestos Litigation, Litigation Management, Spring 2012

Speaker, Class Actions and Multi District Litigation in the United States, ABA TIPS International Law Committee and the American Board of Trial Advocates, Nihon University College of Law, Tokyo, Japan, November 2010

Speaker, The Litigation Risks of the US and EU Markets, Insuring Market Access to the US and EU: Meeting Safety Standards and Managing Risks China Association for the Medical Devices Industry (CAMDI), Shenzhen, China April 2010

Speaker, Name Brand & Generic Pharmaceuticals- Preparing for the Risks of Litigation in the United States Marketplace, Seoul, Korea April 2010

Not In My Backyard – Litigating Stigma Damages And Diminution Of Property Claims In Environmental Class ActionsDRI Toxic Tort & Environmental Law Newsletter, Volume 1, Issue 4

Speaker, Introduction of General and Specific Causation Evidence in Toxic Tort Cases: Lead, Benzene and Asbestos, HB Litigation Conference February 2009

The Age of E-Discovery: Practice Pointers for Preserving and Producing Electronic Documents, The Brief Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section Summer 2008
Vol. 37.

Change In The Aftermath: Will Louisiana Courts Expand The Interpretation Of The Pollution Exclusion To Address Hurricane Katrina-Related Claims?ABA Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Law Journal, Spring 2006

A Cause of Cancer? Exposure to Diesel Fume Emissions, November 2003, For The Defense

Frye: The Admissibility of Expert Testimony in Pennsylvania, Fall 2003, ABA-TIPS

Defending Underground Storage Tank Litigation, August 2002 , For the Defense


University of Baltimore School of Law (J.D., magna cum laude, 1997)
Heuisler Honor Society (1997)

National Trial Academy (2002)
Bucknell University (B.A., 1990)

Professional Associations

Member, American Bar Association – House of Delegates
American Bar Association – Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section (TIPS)
Chair of the Toxic Tort and Environmental Law Committee of Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section, Vice Chair 2002-Present (Chair 2005-2006)
Co-Chair of the International Law Committee
Chair CLE Board
Maryland Bar Association
Pennsylvania Bar Association
Philadelphia Bar Association
Co-Chair Environmental & Toxic Tort Law Committee (2008-2010)
Claims & Litigation Management Alliance (CLM)
Defense Research Institute
Pennsylvania School Board Association
Environmental Inn of Court – Barrister
American Association for Justice (formerly ATLA)
Delaware Valley Environmental American Inn of Court – Barrister

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