John Goetz defends manufacturers in product liability and complex commercial litigation, including a focus on aviation law. He has represented component part manufacturers and others in aviation litigation, NTSB investigations, and FAA actions. John is part of the Firm's team addressing key legal considerations for the Next Generation Air Transportation System. His practice includes defense of state consumer class actions, D&O actions, and toxic tort suits involving chemicals and other products.
John has represented clients such as Parker Hannifin Corporation, Penske Automotive, R.J. Reynolds, Textron, and U. S. Steel in trial and appellate courts nationwide. He has represented Yamaha in off-road vehicle litigation and multijurisdictional proceedings pending across the U.S. and in Canada. He was part of the trial teams for Parker Hannifin in litigation involving the crash of a former Missouri governor's plane and USAir Flight 427. John led the team representing Parker in post-trial motions and MDL litigation arising out of the crash of Silk Air Flight 185. He also has represented dioceses in various matters.
John co-chairs Jones Day's airlines and aviation industry practice, and he is a licensed pilot. 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 Supreme Court Disciplinary Board. He has been president of the boards of Catholic Charities for the Diocese of Pittsburgh and its Free Health Care Center. John also serves on boards for the Pittsburgh Mercy Health System and the Boy Scouts.