John Connell is a civil litigation attorney representing clients of Fortune 100 companies and individuals in various commercial, civil rights, employment, healthcare, communications, and employment matters.
His employment practice consists of addressing daily workplace issues, implementing corporate HR strategies and in company policy enforcement for companies both large and small. The Office of the Attorney General of new Jersey appointed him to act as Special Counsel to the New Jersey State Police, and other state agencies, in 1987. He has since been representing these agencies in defense of civil rights violations, and racial, ethnic, and gender employment discrimination claims.
Connell represents a wide range of clients in communications law issues. Including:
National, regional and local newspapers
National and local wire services
National television and local affiliates
Regional and local cable stations
Regional professional associations
Government officials, politicians and private individuals
Connell is trial attorney for the Archer's Intellectual Property Group. He has litigated cases involving patent infringement, false advertising, unfair competition, copyright and trademark actions. He recently argued the Asian American rock band The Slants in a trademark case in front of the U.S. Supreme Court. First amendment issues are of particular interest to Connell.
As a member of the firm's healthcare law section, Connell represents hospitals in commercial, regulatory and patient care matters.
Connell's litigation practice also includes complex commercial matters such as real estate, insurance coverage disputes, construction law, corporate dissolutions suits, shareholder derivative actions, and general contract and tort issues.
He has a very active appellate practice, as co-chair of the firm's appellate practice group, and often representing clients in New Jersey Supreme and Superior Courts, Appellate Division, the Pennsylvania Supreme and Superior Courts, in addition to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. His appellate practice has given him experience in numerous legal practice areas.