John D.Goetz

Partner

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John Goetz has 30 years of experience defending companies in business and tort litigation. He is a recognized authority in aviation and transportation litigation and has defended multinational companies such as Doncasters, Parker Hannifin, Penske Automotive, Pilatus Aircraft, R.J. Reynolds, Textron, U. S. Steel, Yamaha, and WESCO in trial and appellate courts across the United States, Canada, and in Europe. John has litigated complex commercial disputes and has defended clients in diverse product liability and toxic tort actions. He obtained several injunctions preventing the U.S. government from enforcing a key provision of its Affordable Care Act in a landmark case decided by the United States Supreme Court.

A licensed pilot, John leads Jones Day's airlines and aviation industry initiative. He was on trial teams for Parker Hannifin in aviation litigation arising from the crash of a former Missouri governor's plane and in USAir Flight 427. He led the team representing Parker in aviation litigation involving SilkAir Flight 185, FlashAir Flight 604, EgyptAir Flight 990, and other cases. John also counsels clients in NTSB investigations and FAA proceedings.

John has taught aviation law, deposition skills, and negotiation skills at Duquesne University School of Law. He has published articles on litigation strategy, is a frequent speaker at aviation and other seminars, and has served as a hearing committee officer for the Pennsylvania Disciplinary Board. He has been board president for Catholic Charities of Pittsburgh and its Free Health Care Center. John serves on boards for Franciscan University of Steubenville, Pittsburgh Mercy Health System, and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Experience

  • Asian airlines asserts claims related to delivery of new aircraftJones Day was retained by an Asian airlines to assert claims relating to the delivery of new aircraft that the airlines had purchased.
  • Surface mining company defeats Notices of Violations and Cessation Order on appealJones Day appealed a federal Interior Board of Land Appeals' administrative decision fining Amerikohl Mining, Inc. for sedimentation runoff from timbering activity conducted by a third party on property in Western Pennsylvania.
  • U.S. university establishes joint engineering degree program with university for women in BahrainJones Day assisted a state university in establishing a joint engineering degree program with a university for women in Bahrain.
  • U.S. university establishes office in ShanghaiJones Day assisted a state university in establishing and operating a representative office in the city of Shanghai, China.
  • Aviation trade group seeks updates on defenses in aviation litigationJones Day was retained by an aviation trade group to provide updates on the defenses of field and conflict preemption in aviation litigation, along with defenses under the General Aviation Revitalization Act of 1994.
  • State university drafts policy governing use of dronesJones Day assisted a state university in drafting a university policy governing usage of drones/unmanned aerial systems on campus and other university-owned property.
  • Parker Hannifin resolves claims arising from commercial airliner crash near Sharm el-Sheik, EgyptJones Day represented Parker Hannifin Corporation to resolve over 280 claims by predominately French family members arising from the crash of Flash Air Flight 604, a commercial airliner, into the Red Sea near Sharm el-Sheik, Egypt.
  • Aircraft leasing company resolves litigation stemming from damages to aircraftOn behalf of a company that had leased an aircraft to its operator, Jones Day resolved litigation filed in Florida state court arising from substantial damages caused to the aircraft and its engines while skidding off the runway at LaGuardia Airport.
  • MPE Partners portfolio company acquires Safe Fuel SystemsJones Day represented MPE Partners in connection with the acquisition by portfolio company B&E Group of Safe Fuel Systems, LLC, a provider of testing, repair, overhaul and modification services for fuel systems, hydraulics and accessories for aircrafts.
  • Energy company drafts Flight Operations Emergency Response PlanJones Day was retained by an energy company to assist with drafting a Flight Operations Emergency Response Plan.
  • Hainan Airlines successfully resolves case arising from ground damage to aircraftJones Day represented Hainan Airlines, Co., Ltd., one of the largest air carriers in China, in federal court litigation filed against defendant Aviation Port Services.
  • International oil company seeks advice on proposed sale of Boeing 767Jones Day has represented an international oil company in connection with the proposed sale of a Boeing 767 aircraft.
  • Church uses recovered funds to build sustainable farms in NigeriaJones Day helped a small church and local business leader recover improperly wired money that the modest congregation had contributed to support sustainable farming for desperately poor people in Nigeria. 
  • GAMA files amicus brief with U.S. Supreme Court in case surrounding whether state standards of care are preempted by Federal Aviation ActOn October 14, 2016, Jones Day filed an amicus brief with the United States Supreme Court on behalf of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association in support of a petition for a writ of certiorari to the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
  • International oil company leases AgustaWestland AW139 helicopters and Boeing 737-300 airlinersJones Day represented an international oil company as the lead negotiator in the dry leases of AgustaWestland AW139 helicopters and Boeing 737-300 airliners.
  • Pilatus resolves aircraft accident cases arising out of 2009 crash of Pilatus PC-12 Legacy aircraftJones Day defended Pilatus Aircraft and Pilatus Business Aircraft Ltd. in aircraft accident cases filed in Los Angeles, California Superior Court.
  • Parker Hannifin resolves multidistrict wrongful death litigation related to commercial airliner crash near Nantucket IslandJones Day represented Parker Hannifin Corporation in multidistrict wrongful death litigation filed in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York.
  • WESCO defends claim arising out of construction of high speed military boats for the Norwegian Royal NavyJones Day was retained by WESCO Distribution, Inc. to investigate a $62 million claim for alleged project delays and extra costs related to the construction of six high speed military boats for the Royal Navy of Norway.
  • U.S. railroad responds to petition seeking NTSB reconsideration in investigation of rail yard employee fatalityJones Day was retained by a railroad client to investigate and draft a response to a petition for reconsideration filed with the National Transportation Safety Board by the national legislative office of a railroad union.
  • Doncasters wins post-trial motions vacating multi-million dollar punitive damages award in aviation accident caseJones Day was retained by Doncasters Inc. after trial to develop post-trial motions following an adverse jury verdict in Franklin County, Missouri.
  • Additional Publications

    • June 2015
      Railroad Accident Investigation, Litigation, and Regulation Update, Pennsylvania Bar Insitute
    • June 2015
      Railroad Accident Investigation, Litigation, and Regulation Update, Pennsylvania Bar Institute
    • June 2015
      Hot Topics in Aviation Law in Pennsylvania and the United States, Pennsylvania Bar Institute
    • September 2014
      Aviation Litigation Update: Cutting-Edge Topics in International Aviation Litigation, ABA Air & Space Law Forum
    • July/August 2011
      Recent Finance Regulation and Litigation Affecting Aircraft Finance and the Aviation Industry, Corporate LiveWire
    • Fall 2010
      Historic Developments, Airlines and Aviation Alert
    • Summer 2009
      On the Horizon for the Aviation Industry, Airlines and Aviation Alert
    • September 2008
      Stiff Headwinds for the Aviation Industry, Jones Day Airlines and Aviation Alert
    • April 2008
      Striking Down New York State's Passenger Bill of Rights, Jones Day Airlines and Aviation News Blast
    • March 2007
      Flying Right with Charter Firms Requires Fact Check of Operator, Pittsburgh Business Times
    • 2004
      Implementing the Montreal Accord: Practical Implications of the Aviation Liability Treaty, Airline Business Report White Paper 2004: Charting a Course to Meet Today's Market Challenges
    • August 2000
      What the Law Allows, Pharmaceutical Executive
    • May 2000
      Weishorn v. Miles-Cutter: Pennsylvania Interprets Its Blood Shield Statute To Protect Commercial Suppliers of Blood Therapies, Mealy's Emerging Drugs & Devices
    • December 1999
      Fraud-on-the-FDA Claims in Litigation, Pharmaceutical Executive
    • Spring 1998
      Traps for the Unwary: Why Counsel Should Think Twice Before Joining Additional Parties in Civil Litigation, 36 Duquesne L. Rev. 521
    • Winter 1992
      Ethics or Procedure? A Discovery-Based Approach to Ex Parte Contacts with Former Employees of a Corporate Adversary, 68 Notre Dame L. Rev. 81

    Speaking Engagements

    • October 25, 2018
      Aviation Hot Topics: Litigation, Regulatory, and Legislative Developments Facing the Aviation Industry, West LegalEdcenter
    • April 4, 2017
      Zubik v. Burwell: The Role of Amicus Briefs in the Supreme Court, West Virginia School of Law
    • March 12-13, 2017
      NTSB Investigations, FAA Enforcement Proceedings, and Aviation Litigation in the United States
    • December 7, 2016
      Legal Issues and Litigation: Unmanned Aircraft Systems / Drones, American Bar Association Webinar
    • June 29, 2016
      American Bar Association Webinar: "Legal Issues and Litigation Relating to the Use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems/Drones"
    • May 10, 2016
      Drones: New Uses and Unique Legal Issues for Unmanned Aircraft Systems
    • April 6, 2016
      April 25, 2016
      Pennsylvania Bar Institute Event – Transportation Law Update
    • April 11, 2016
      Zubik v. Burwell: A landmark Supreme Court case involving the religious liberty rights of religious organizations under the Affordable Care Act, University of Pittsburgh School of Law
    • February 26, 2016
      Drones: New Uses and Unique Legal Issues for Unmanned Aircraft Systems
    • October 9, 2015
      International Aviation and The Trans-Pacific Partnership: Trans-Pacific Aviation Law & Policy Conference
    • September 19, 2014
      Cutting Edge Topics in International Aviation Litigation, ABA Air & Space Law Forum
    • July 15, 2014
      2014 Speaker Series: Affordable Care Act Update: The Employer Mandate
    • May 16, 2014
      Mock Class Certification Hearing, In re Electronic Books Antitrust Litigation; ABA Young Lawyers Division Annual Meeting
    • October 31, 2013
      Legal Malpractice Risks in Aviation Accident Litigation, International Air & Transportation Safety Bar Association
    • December 7, 2012
      Admissibility of NTSB Factual Reports and Board Reports of Investigation, 2012 International Air & Transportation Safety Bar Association Conference
    • October 25, 2012
      ABA Air and Space Law Forum: Key Issues Relating to Admissibility of NTSB Accident Reports in Civil Litigation
    • September 20, 2012
      2012 Speaker Series
      Making the Most of the Relationship Between In-House and Outside Counsel
    • June 7, 2012
      Jones Day Chicago 2012 MCLE University
    • June 7, 2012
      Product Recalls: Lessons Learned, Jones Day University
    • February 5-7, 2012
      Jones Day sponsors IATA Legal Symposium with partner John Goetz speaking on implications of social media for airlines
    • January 13-16, 2012
      Effective Strategies to Defend U.S. Business and Tort Litigation
    • September 30, 2011
      Risk Management for ATC Service Providers in the New Environment
    • October 26, 2010
      Air Crash Litigation: Key Issues in the Years Ahead, ABA Air & Space Law Forum
    • June 3, 2010
      Key Legal Considerations for the Next Generation Air Transport System
    • February 28-March 2, 2010
      Aircraft Accident Issues, Plenary Session, IATA Legal Symposium 2010
    • June 24, 2009
      Liability Apportionment Between Pilot Error, Maintenance, and Mechanical Defects, ACI Aviation Litigation Conference
    • February 10, 2009
      Aircraft Accident Issues: Is Criminalization Threatening Safety?, IATA 2009 Legal Symposium
    • February 12, 2008
      From Warsaw to Montreal: Creative Litigation of Airline Accidents, IATA 2008 Legal Symposium
    • May 23-24, 2007
      The Changing Legal Climate Surrounding Ownership Structuring, Use, and Operation of Corporate Jets
    • May 18, 2007
      Aviation and the Environment: The New Frontier, BABC Transatlantic Business Conference
    • February 14, 2007
      The Americanization of Aviation Claims, IATA Legal Symposium 2007
    • February 13, 2007
      Global Environmental Initiatives - Where We Are Today, Where We Are Going Tomorrow, IATA Legal Symposium 2007
    • June 6, 2006
      The Changing Legal Climate Surrounding Ownership Structuring, Use And Operation Of Corporate Jets
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