John Weston

Head of the Complex Litigation Department


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Mr. Weston prides himself on handling the firm’s unusual cases. His career has led him through fields as diverse as real estate law and corporate practice, personal injury and civil rights litigation, labor and municipal law, and employment litigation.

He received a B.A. with distinction and the honors program in history from The Pennsylvania State University in 1974, and his J.D. from the Ohio State University College of Law in 1977.

For three years he was chief counsel to the Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police. Now at Sacks Weston Diamond LLC, he supervises the Philadelphia firm’s litigation, handling the complex litigation, including environmental litigation, commercial law, and appellate practice.

He is admitted to the U.S. Supreme Court and the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, and the U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeal for the First, Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Circuits. To date, four of his cases have gone up to the Supreme Court. These include Grefer v. Alpha Tech., 901 So. 2d 1117 (La.App. 4 Cir. 2005), writ den. 925 So.2d 1248 (La. 2006), vacated and remanded 549 U.S. 1249 (2007), aff’d on remand 965 So.2d 511 (La.App.4 Cir. 2007), writ den. 967 So.2d 523 (La. 2007), cert. den. 553 U.S. 1014 (2008).

He is a member of the bar of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and has been admitted pro hac vice in eight U.S. District Courts in Texas, Mississippi, Kansas, Ohio and New York.

John has advised the North Penn High School mock trial team since 2006. During that time the team has twice won its district championship. He is also licensed to fly single-engine land-based general aviation aircraft, and holds an instrument rating and a high performance endorsement

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