John W. McCandless

John W. McCandless

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Location:
Erie, Pennsylvania
Phone:
814-833-2222
866-641-8996 (Toll free)
Fax:
814-833-6753
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For most of his professional life, John W. McCandless has represented injured victims of automobile, truck, boating and motorcycle accidents, dangerous products, dangerous roads and highways, work place accidents, dangerous premises and professional negligence. Due to his background with a national property and casualty insurance company, he also has a special interest in representing people who are the victims of insurance “bad faith.” His practice also includes commercial, contract and subrogation litigation, medical malpractice defense, and other, general civil litigation matters.

Areas of Practice

  • 50% Personal Injury - Plaintiff
  • 20% Commercial Litigation
  • 10% Dangerous Products - Plaintiff
  • 5% Insurance Bad Faith- Plaintiff
  • 10% Other Civil Litigation
  • 5% Medical Malpractice Defense

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania, 1978
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Pennsylvania, 1978
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit, 1994

Education

  • University of Pittsburgh School of Law, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    • J.D. - 1978
  • Beloit College, Beloit, Wisconsin
    • B.A. magna cum laude - 1974
    • Honors: Phi Beta Kappa
    • Major: Theatre Arts

Representative Cases

  • Schauer v. Fid. Sec. Life Ins. Co., 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 31394, 1 (W.D. Pa. Mar. 13, 2015)
  • Adames v. Top Line Rests., Inc., 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 143652, 1 (W.D.N.Y. Oct. 6, 2014)
  • Weilacher v. State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co., 65 A.3d 976, 978, 2013 Pa. Super. LEXIS 289, 1, 2013 PA Super 97, 2013 WL 1775649 (Pa. Super. Ct. 2013)
  • Port Erie Plastics, Inc. v. Uptown Nails, LLC, 350 F. Supp. 2d 659, 660, 2004 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 26084, 1 (W.D. Pa. 2004)
  • Anderson v. Nationwide Ins. Enter., 187 F. Supp. 2d 447, 449, 2002 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 3369, 1 (W.D. Pa. 2002)

Classes/Seminars

  • Navigating Head Injury, Erie Co. Bar Association, 2000

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, Member, 1978 - Present
  • Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association, Member, 1987 - Present
  • Erie County Bar Association, 1987 - Present
  • Erie County Bar Association, Civil Rules Committee, 2000 - 2007
  • Erie County Bar Association, Civil Litigation Section, Civil Rules Subcommittee, 2007 - 2008
  • Allegheny County Bar Association, 1978 - 2014
  • American Inns of Court, Master, 2001 - Present
  • Northwestern Pennsylvania Inn of Court, 2001 - Present
  • Northwestern Pennsylvania Inn of Court, President, 2011 - 2013

Past Employment Positions

  • Swensen, Perer & McCandless, Partner, 1987 - 2002
  • Nationwide Insurance Company, Claims Attorney, 1984 - 1987
  • Stokes, Lurie & Tracy, Associate, 1978 - 1984

Languages

  • French