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John D. Goetz


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  • University of Notre Dame (J.D. cum laude 1986; Editor-in-Chief, Law Review; B.B.A. magna cum laude 1983)

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania and U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Third and Ninth Circuits


  • Law Clerk to the Honorable Ruggero J. Aldisert, former chief judge of the United States Court of Appeals, Third Circuit (1986 and 1987 terms)

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.

Honors & Distinctions

  • Chambers USA: noted practitioner (transportation: aviation litigation) (2018)

    The Legal 500: leading lawyer (transport: aviation and air travel) (2018, annually)

    The Best Lawyers in America (2019, annually)

    International Who's Who of Aviation Lawyers (2019, annually)

    ABA Forum on Air & Space Law, Governing Committee
John Goetz