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John B. Consevage

Partner; Harrisburg Office Managing Partner
Primary Office
Penn National Insurance Plaza
2 North 2nd Street
Suite 1101
Harrisburg, PA 17101
Direct(717) 213-4105
Fax(717) 236-7811


Karen Reinhart
Direct(717) 213-4103

John Consevage is a partner in the Firm's litigation group and focuses his practice on vehicle dealer franchise law. He has broad and diverse experience in representing dealers in franchise matters, including terminations and brand discontinuance, ownership sales, transfers and relocations, dealer facility requirements, warranty and sales incentive program audits, and various types of protest, licensure, and enforcement matters before the Pennsylvania Board of Vehicles. 

John has focused on automobile and truck dealer issues for over 20 years, and has worked with these clients to address and solve complex issues under the Pennsylvania state dealer franchise laws. The geographic footprint of his practice encompasses dealers throughout the Commonwealth and mid-Atlantic states including Maryland, New Jersey, and Delaware. In association with the Firm's automotive industry group, John has extensive experience representing clients in transactional, corporate, and other business-related matters that are unique to the vehicle dealer industry.

Representative Experience

  • Successfully represented Pittsburgh area automobile dealership in challenging manufacturer’s denial of relocation request in hearing before the Pennsylvania Board of Vehicles.
  • Successfully represented Philadelphia area dealer in challenging manufacturer’s denial of request for change of ownership in hearing before the Pennsylvania Board of Vehicles.
  • Successfully represented Harrisburg area truck dealer in challenging manufacturer’s denial of request for retail warranty service and parts rate reimbursement requests under Section 9 of the Pennsylvania Board of Vehicles Act.
  • Successfully represented Pittsburgh area dealer in federal court with respect to manufacturer untimely exercise of right of first refusal.
  • Successfully represented various automobile and truck dealers in acquisition and sale of dealership franchises, including sale dealership of real estate.

Professional & Community Activities

  • Associate Member, Pennsylvania Automotive Association (PAA) 
  • Associate Member, Automobile Dealers Association of Greater Philadelphia
  • National Automobile Dealers Association, Allied Industry
  • Secretary, Cumberland Valley Midget Football Association, 2001 – 2008
  • Board of Directors, Hampden Township Baseball Association, 2000 – 2005
  • Board of Advisors, St. Katherine Drexel Church, 2001 – 2004

Speeches & Presentations

  • Presented “Present State of Affairs in Automobile and Truck Dealer Industry” on June 24, 2009 for the Philadelphia Bar Association, Franchise Section.

Professional Recognition

  • United States Department of Justice, Tax Division, Outstanding Trial Attorney, 1988.

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Alternate Biographies





  • MLT, Georgetown University Law Center, 1986
  • J.D., University of Pittsburgh School of Law, 1982
  • B.A., cum laude, University of Pittsburgh, 1979

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania, 1982
  • United States District Court Middle District of Pennsylvania, 1989
  • United States District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 1994
  • United States District Court Western District of Pennsylvania, 2006
  • United States Court of Appeals Third Circuit, 1992
  • United States Tax Court, 1991