John G. Harkins, Jr.

Harkins Cunningham LLP – Philadelphia, PA

John G. Harkins, Jr.

John G. Harkins, Jr.

(215) 851-6701

4000 Two Commerce Square
2001 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103-7044

Throughout his career, John G. Harkins, Jr. has been engaged in complex litigation involving issues of corporate, securities and antitrust law, contracts, intellectual property, professional liability and ERISA, frequently arguing such cases in appellate courts. Mr. Harkins has also served as an advisor on a wide variety of corporate issues and transactions. He has advised directors on their fiduciary and other duties, corporate clients on disclosure issues, special committees in the investigation of alleged corporate wrongdoing, and corporations on the defenses available to them under Pennsylvania law against hostile takeover bids. He has also appeared on behalf of defendants in many derivative actions.


  • University of Pennsylvania, 1958, L.L.B., summa cum laude, Order of the Coif, Editor-in-Chief, University of Pennsylvania Law Review
  • University of Pennsylvania, 1953, B.A., cum laude

Honors and Professional Affiliations

  • Listed in Woodward/White Inc.’s The Best Lawyers in America (2016) for the past 30 years (most recently recognized for mediation and litigation in the areas of antitrust, ERISA, intellectual property, securities and Bet-the-Company, and being named the Best Lawyers’ 2014 Philadelphia Litigation – Securities “Lawyer of the Year”)
  • Listed in Chambers USA Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers in Business
  • Listed in The Legal Media Group Guide to the World’s Leading Litigation Lawyers
  • Listed as one of Pennsylvania’s Super Lawyers in Law & Politics’; Pennsylvania Super Lawyers publication
  • Recommended as a local litigation star for Pennsylvania for Antitrust, Commercial Litigation, and Intellectual Property in Benchmark Litigation 2013
  • Fellow of The American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Member of The American Law Institute
  • Emeritus Trustee, University of Pennsylvania
  • Former Vice Chairman and Trustee of the University of Pennsylvania Health System, former Chairman of the Board of Overseers of its School of Medicine, and former member of the Board of Overseers of the University’s Law School
  • Member and former Chairman of the Board of Advisors of the Institute for Law and Economics

Bar and Court Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third, Fourth, Fifth, Seventh, Ninth, Tenth and Eleventh Circuits
  • U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Middle Districts of Pennsylvania
  • Supreme Court of Pennsylvania



  John G.
Harkins, Jr
Harkins Cunningham is ranked in Chambers USA – Leading Individual