John M. Wutz

Partner

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(215) 972-5414
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(215) 972-7008
Philadelphia, PA
130 North 18th Street
26th Floor
Philadelphia
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PA
19103
Moorestown, NJ
302 Harper Drive
Suite 205
Moorestown
,
NJ
08057

PRACTICE AREAS

General Liability and Casualty Defense

Commercial Litigation

Subrogation

First-Party Property Claims Defense

Bad Faith Defense

Products Liability

Admissions

Pennsylvania

New Jersey

New York

United States Second Circuit Court of Appeals

United States Third Circuit Court of Appeals

United States District Court for the Eastern, Middle, Western Districts of Pennsylvania

United States District Court for the District of New Jersey

United States District Court for the Northern, Southern, Eastern, Western Districts of New York

Education

Syracuse University College of Law

J.D., 2006

Colgate University

B.A., 2002

John M. Wutz represents large national self-insured companies, insurance carriers and businesses in defense of general liability claims and commercial matters. Serving as trial and appellate counsel, John has tried more than 50 cases to verdict in bench and jury trials. He has had success in federal and state courts as well as arguing successfully before the Third Circuit Court of Appeals.

John M. Wutz represents large national self-insured companies, insurance carriers and businesses in defense of general liability claims and commercial matters. Serving as trial and appellate counsel, John has tried more than 50 cases to verdict in bench and jury trials. He has had success in federal and state courts as well as arguing successfully before the Third Circuit Court of Appeals.

John has a comprehensive practice in general liability where he focuses on matters involving premises liability, insurance fraud, automobile liability and product liability. He also serves as regional coordinating counsel for major national retailers overseeing litigation in all states located throughout the northeastern United States, and Florida and Tennessee.

In the area of commercial disputes, John’s breadth of litigation experience allows him to advise clients on a variety of legal fronts, including contract disputes, breach of contract, defamation and fraud and deceptive practices. He represents a diverse roster of clients hailing from industries such as retail, entertainment, sports and recreation, finance, professional services, hospitality and insurance.

Throughout his career, John has saved his clients millions of dollars off the amounts sought in litigation by plaintiffs and their counsels. He prides himself on getting the best resolution possible for his clients. If a case merits early settlement, he will work to resolve it cost-effectively; if the case is defensible, he will prepare a creative litigation strategy devised to obtain the best possible result for his client. A sampling of John’s recent achievements include:

  • Prevailing after a six-day jury trial with a unanimous verdict in favor of a national retailer in a slip and fall case. During trial, John was also successful in having the plaintiff’s liability expert precluded from testifying pursuant to the Supreme Court’s decision in Daubert v. Merrell Dow Pharmaceuticals, 509 U.S. 579 (1993). The case was appealed to the United States Circuit Court for the Third Circuit. An opinion was issued affirming the judgment of the District Court.
  • Defending a national retailer in a dog bite case in which the plaintiff contended the retailer negligently failed to adequately screen dogs for violent propensities before permitting them into the store where other patrons were walking with their pets. The jury unanimously determined the retailer was not negligent.
  • Obtaining a defense verdict on behalf of a national retailer in defense of a slip and fall accident on wet asphalt in the retailer’s parking lot during a rainstorm, in which the plaintiff’s retained expert engineer opined that the retailer was negligent by installing parking medians in the parking lot that changed the natural drainage and created a slipping hazard. John, through cross-examination, was successful in debunking each of the expert’s theories of liability during trial.
  • Successfully positioning and amicably resolving a toxic tort case in which the plaintiff claimed a substance with which her deceased husband worked caused him to develop buccal cancer, which metastasized and ultimately lead to his death.
  • Successfully defending a national retailer against claims that a snowblower was defectively designed, resulting in the loss of the plaintiff’s fingers when the manufacturer of the snowblower was liquidated in bankruptcy.  
  • Obtaining a defense verdict on behalf of an insured involved in a rear-end accident based upon “factual cause” in a case where the insured admitted to rear-ending the plaintiff’s vehicle. After a four-day trial, the jury found that the insured was at fault for the accident but that his negligence was not the factual cause of the plaintiff’s claimed injuries, which included an alleged minor traumatic brain injury.

Rounding out John’s capabilities is his experience handling property insurance and subrogation matters involving coverage disputes. He serves his clients’ recovery interests on property damage involving power generation facilities and provides coverage analysis and guidance on builder’s risk policies, personal lines, and policies including homeowners, personal and group automobile policies.

Prior to joining Chartwell Law, John had an active trial practice in New York. While at law school, John was inducted into the Order of the Barrister, a national honor society.

Achievements

Selected to Pennsylvania Rising Stars® (2013-2020)

John M. Wutz represents large national self-insured companies, insurance carriers and businesses in defense of general liability claims and commercial matters. Serving as trial and appellate counsel, John has tried more than 50 cases to verdict in bench and jury trials. He has had success in federal and state courts as well as arguing successfully before the Third Circuit Court of Appeals.

John has a comprehensive practice in general liability where he focuses on matters involving premises liability, insurance fraud, automobile liability and product liability. He also serves as regional coordinating counsel for major national retailers overseeing litigation in all states located throughout the northeastern United States, and Florida and Tennessee.

In the area of commercial disputes, John’s breadth of litigation experience allows him to advise clients on a variety of legal fronts, including contract disputes, breach of contract, defamation and fraud and deceptive practices. He represents a diverse roster of clients hailing from industries such as retail, entertainment, sports and recreation, finance, professional services, hospitality and insurance.

Throughout his career, John has saved his clients millions of dollars off the amounts sought in litigation by plaintiffs and their counsels. He prides himself on getting the best resolution possible for his clients. If a case merits early settlement, he will work to resolve it cost-effectively; if the case is defensible, he will prepare a creative litigation strategy devised to obtain the best possible result for his client. A sampling of John’s recent achievements include:

  • Prevailing after a six-day jury trial with a unanimous verdict in favor of a national retailer in a slip and fall case. During trial, John was also successful in having the plaintiff’s liability expert precluded from testifying pursuant to the Supreme Court’s decision in Daubert v. Merrell Dow Pharmaceuticals, 509 U.S. 579 (1993). The case was appealed to the United States Circuit Court for the Third Circuit. An opinion was issued affirming the judgment of the District Court.
  • Defending a national retailer in a dog bite case in which the plaintiff contended the retailer negligently failed to adequately screen dogs for violent propensities before permitting them into the store where other patrons were walking with their pets. The jury unanimously determined the retailer was not negligent.
  • Obtaining a defense verdict on behalf of a national retailer in defense of a slip and fall accident on wet asphalt in the retailer’s parking lot during a rainstorm, in which the plaintiff’s retained expert engineer opined that the retailer was negligent by installing parking medians in the parking lot that changed the natural drainage and created a slipping hazard. John, through cross-examination, was successful in debunking each of the expert’s theories of liability during trial.
  • Successfully positioning and amicably resolving a toxic tort case in which the plaintiff claimed a substance with which her deceased husband worked caused him to develop buccal cancer, which metastasized and ultimately lead to his death.
  • Successfully defending a national retailer against claims that a snowblower was defectively designed, resulting in the loss of the plaintiff’s fingers when the manufacturer of the snowblower was liquidated in bankruptcy.  
  • Obtaining a defense verdict on behalf of an insured involved in a rear-end accident based upon “factual cause” in a case where the insured admitted to rear-ending the plaintiff’s vehicle. After a four-day trial, the jury found that the insured was at fault for the accident but that his negligence was not the factual cause of the plaintiff’s claimed injuries, which included an alleged minor traumatic brain injury.

Rounding out John’s capabilities is his experience handling property insurance and subrogation matters involving coverage disputes. He serves his clients’ recovery interests on property damage involving power generation facilities and provides coverage analysis and guidance on builder’s risk policies, personal lines, and policies including homeowners, personal and group automobile policies.

Prior to joining Chartwell Law, John had an active trial practice in New York. While at law school, John was inducted into the Order of the Barrister, a national honor society.

Achievements

Selected to Pennsylvania Rising Stars® (2013-2020)

ATTORNEY'S Resources

Video Library
Protecting Your Retail Operations From Insurance And Legal Claims In A Post COVID-19 Marketplace
Protecting Your Retail Operations From Insurance And Legal Claims In A Post COVID-19 Marketplace
Protecting Your Retail Operations From Insurance And Legal Claims In A Post COVID-19 Marketplace
August 24, 2021
October 29, 2020
News
Chartwell Law Partner John M. Wutz Presents at NRRDA Continuing Education Webinar
Chartwell Law Partner John M. Wutz Presents at NRRDA Continuing Education Webinar
Chartwell Law Partner John M. Wutz Presents at NRRDA Continuing Education Webinar
July 29, 2021
July 29, 2021
News
Chartwell Law Attorneys Named to 2020 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Rising Stars Lists
Chartwell Law Attorneys Named to 2020 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Rising Stars Lists
Chartwell Law Attorneys Named to 2020 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Rising Stars Lists
July 12, 2021
June 3, 2020
Results
Another Big Win for Chartwell Partner John Wutz
Another Big Win for Chartwell Partner John Wutz
Another Big Win for Chartwell Partner John Wutz
April 13, 2021
June 21, 2017
Results
Chartwell Wins Summary Judgment in New York Premises Liability Case
Chartwell Wins Summary Judgment in New York Premises Liability Case
Chartwell Wins Summary Judgment in New York Premises Liability Case
April 13, 2021
March 22, 2018
Results
Chartwell Obtains Defense Verdict in NJ Jury Trial
Chartwell Obtains Defense Verdict in NJ Jury Trial
Chartwell Obtains Defense Verdict in NJ Jury Trial
April 13, 2021
April 13, 2017
Event
Protecting Your Retail Operations From Insurance And Legal Claims In A Post COVID-19 Marketplace
Protecting Your Retail Operations From Insurance And Legal Claims In A Post COVID-19 Marketplace
Protecting Your Retail Operations From Insurance And Legal Claims In A Post COVID-19 Marketplace
October 5, 2020
October 29, 2020
News
Chartwell Law Partners Wutz and Searls Successful in U.S. District Court
Chartwell Law Partners Wutz and Searls Successful in U.S. District Court
Chartwell Law Partners Wutz and Searls Successful in U.S. District Court
January 7, 2020
January 6, 2020
News
Chartwell's John Wutz Presents at NRRDA Seminar
Chartwell's John Wutz Presents at NRRDA Seminar
Chartwell's John Wutz Presents at NRRDA Seminar
September 12, 2019