Jonathan Dryer Partner

     

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Jonathan Dryer is the managing partner of the Philadelphia office. Throughout his career, he has tried numerous cases to verdict, including product liability, aviation, railroad, toxic tort, general liability, employment, professional indemnity and insurance coverage matters. His range as a litigator extends to cases involving recreational, industrial and pharmaceutical products; premises liability and employment practices issues; contractual disputes; and commercial bribery/insurance fraud. Jon has participated in arbitration and mediation of matters related to these practice areas.

Jon refers to himself as a “quick study,” but there’s much more to this versatile and highly effective advocate. An early background in practical mechanical trades gives him the ability not only to understand the details of a case but also to relate to the situation and empathize with the client. Jon’s enviable track record, keen skills and big-picture approach combine with an affable nature to instill confidence and trust in his clients and juries alike.

Areas of Focus

Product Liability/Warranty
Jon is well aware that each claim can have nationwide implications, and with his extensive trial experience and knowledge of business and industry, he uses a coordinated approach and taps independent consultants in the areas of engineering design, medicine, biomechanics, photography, information technology and more, as appropriate. Whether a claim arises out of a product's design, manufacture or marketing, and whether it involves a personal injury or breach of warranty, Jon gets to know his clients and their operations thoroughly and keeps abreast of the latest government and industry compliance standards that might affect them. He takes a proactive stance to help mitigate risk at an early stage and from every possible angle. 

Recreational Defense
Jon has been involved in the litigation of recreation-related issues for more than 30 years. During his career, he has represented facility owners, sports teams, leagues, officials and participants, and product/equipment suppliers. The cases he has taken to verdict include those involving death and injuries from allegedly defective all-terrain vehicles and personal watercraft, inadequate spectator security/protection and improper playing surfaces/officiating.

Aviation
Jon is a member of the firm’s Aviation practice team, and is actively engaged in the defense of matters involving commercial and private aviation accidents, ground support systems, and facilities and airport operations.

General Liability/Insurance Coverage
Jon has significant experience with the defense of private and commercial property owners, contractors and subcontractors in personal injury and construction litigation. He regularly represents insurance companies on property and liability coverage matters.

Employment
Jon’s practice has included representing employers in unfair employment practices cases ranging from sexual, racial and age harassment and discrimination to wrongful termination for political affiliation. Jon’s employment experience includes representing professional office practices, manufacturing and retail organizations, and public entities. He has represented these employers before local, state and federal human relations commissions, as well as numerous state and federal courts throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Jon also has extensive experience in matters involving ERISA claims.

Construction/Architects and Engineers
Jon’s experience covers a number of professional disciplines, including malpractice and occupational board claims and proceedings against design professionals. Among the matters Jon has tried to verdict are those involving claims for construction defects, cost overruns and on-site injuries. He also has represented design professionals in matters that are related to their main practice areas, such as employment issues and contract interpretation questions.

Representative Matters

Represented responsible party in groundwater contamination class action. 

Represented vaccine manufacturer in national litigation alleging serious adverse reactions in recipients of childhood vaccines, first as a result of defective vaccine antigens and later as a result of inappropriate preservative. 

Represented homeowner in wrongful fire death action alleged to have resulted from faulty wiring. 

Represented tractor manufacturer in strict liability action arising from amputation of plaintiff agricultural worker’s dominant arm. 

Represented airport ground support maintenance company in negligence/personal injury action arising from a wheel separation accident alleged to have resulted in permanent disability due to traumatic brain injury. 

Represented multiple personal watercraft manufacturers in actions involving, among other injuries, death and near leg amputation due to defective design and/or product warning information. 

Represented numerous manufacturers of industrial equipment, saws and power tools in cases involving amputations due to defective design, guarding and/or instruction.

Represented insurers in defense of coverage claims.