Cozen O’Connor member John J. McDonough has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Defense Research Institute (DRI). DRI is an international organization of attorneys defending businesses and individuals in civil litigation. DRI provides educational resources and opportunities for defense trial lawyers, corporations, and state and local defense organizations. McDonough previously served on the board from 1997-2001.
McDonough is vice chair of the General Litigation Department and focuses his practice, both nationally and internationally, on commercial litigation and complex insurance defense matters including directors' and officers' liability, errors and omissions litigation, complex product liability matters, and mass tort litigation. He specializes in catastrophic injury cases arising from toxic exposures including asbestos, benzene and lead, construction accidents, medical malpractice, professional liability, food liability including labeling liability and integrity of contents, multi-district litigation and class action litigation, food borne biohazards such as bovine spongiform encephalopathy (Mad Cow Disease), mercury and Diacetyl. McDonough’s practice includes advice on complex insurance and reinsurance matters, including London LMX business, for major foreign reinsurers and involvement in complex insurance and reinsurance disputes.
McDonough is a frequent author and lecturer for many organizations, including the DRI, the Torts and Insurance Practice Section (TIPS) of the New York State Bar Association, the Defense Association of New York (DANY), and the American Conference Institute. McDonough was president (1997-1998) and chairman of the board of directors (1998-1999)of the DANY, and has been editor-in-chief of The Defendant, the quarterly journal of DANY, since 1989.
A resident of Dix Hills, N.Y., McDonough earned his undergraduate degree (B.A., 1976) from Boston College and his law degree from the New England School of Law (J.D., 1979). He is admitted to practice in New York.