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John J. Higson

Primary Office
1500 Market St., Suite 3500E
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Direct(215) 575-7152
Fax(215) 575-7200


Kelly Malenki
Direct(215) 575-7028

John Higson focuses his practice in complex commercial litigation and business counseling. He has a broad background defending and prosecuting complex contract, government procurement, employment contract, and business practices disputes. John also handles securities litigation, RICO, bankruptcy law, and trade secrets matters.

Representative Experience

  • Represented state agency in various class actions challenging Medicaid and related programs.
  • Represented four separate Special Litigation Committees as lead counsel in litigation arising out of the sale of publicly-traded companies in transactions ranging from $1-4 billion.
  • Represented a technology company in multi-patent litigation against major cell phone manufacturers involving network connectivity and Local Area Networks.
  • Represented a national bank in a trust matter regarding the retention of a closely-held business in a family trust. Damages were in excess of $2 billion. Defense verdict obtained in Orphans’ Court and affirmed on appeal after a 15-day bench trial.
  • Represented an investment advisor in defamation action brought by publicly-traded company. Defense verdict obtained.
  • Represented regional rail authority in dispute involving claims for design defects arising out of the reconstruction of an elevated rail structure.
  • Defending a public agency in a challenge to the award of a multi-million dollar construction contract.
  • Defending major production company and studio in injunction and defamation action arising out of the broadcast of new television program.
  • Representing managed care provider in litigation and settlement of class action related to coverage of Medicare claims.
  • Defending corporate officers and directors of a public company against numerous class and individual securities fraud actions.
  • Defending health insurer against contract and tort claims related to the administration of state-wide psychiatric services.
  • Representing beverage importer and distributor in exclusive distribution contract claim against Italian manufacturer of product.

Professional & Community Activities

  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Villanova Law Review

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Alternate Biographies





  • J.D., cum laude, Villanova University School of Law, 1997
  • B.A., LaSalle University, 1994

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey, 1997
  • Pennsylvania, 1997
  • United States District Court District of New Jersey
  • United States District Court District of Colorado, 2012