Jon R. Perry

Jon R. Perry

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Mr. Perry is respected across Pennsylvania as one of the most active and authoritative lecturers in the areas of medical malpractice and personal injury and is an Adjunct Professor of litigation at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law (Named to Who's Who in Law Higher Education). Mr. Perry has earned a reputation as a champion of victim's rights and his battle with the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare over a recipient's obligation to repay benefits was named the 2008 case of the year in the State of Pennsylvania. In 2013, Mr. Perry's battle with an ERISA Plan culminated in a nationally monitored United States Supreme Court decision clarifying victims' ERISA repayment obligations. Mr. Perry has obtained many of western Pennsylvania's highest settlements and verdicts including a $32,000,000 verdict, the largest ever in Allegheny County for the death of a child. Mr. Perry's trial skills and results have earned him national recognition in numerous editions of Marquis Who's Who in America, Who's Who in American Law, and Who's Who in the World.

In 2005 through 2018 he was named a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer, an honor awarded to the top 5 per cent of the attorneys in Pennsylvania. In 2008 through 2018, he was named one of Pittsburgh's Top 50 Super Lawyers and a Top 100 in Pennsylvania. For decades, Mr. Perry has been included in The Best Lawyers in America in the areas of medical malpractice and personal injury. Mr. Perry was designated 2013 Pittsburgh Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs "Lawyer of the Year" by the Best Lawyers' in America. In 2015 and then again in 2018, he was designated Pittsburgh Medical Malpractice Lawyer of the Year. In 2008, he was honored with The Duquesne University School of Law's Outstanding Achievement Award. In 2009, Mr. Perry was honored with Duquesne University's prestigious Mind, Heart & Spirit award. In 2012, Mr. Perry was honored with the Service to Society Award for career achievement and service from The Pennsylvania State University.

Mr. Perry's intellect and ethics earned him Martindale Hubbell's prestigious AV rating. Mr. Perry maintains an active litigation practice and has been recognized for numerous multi-million dollar verdicts. He is a member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Mr. Perry is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, the Pennsylvania Association for Justice, the American Association for Justice, and the Academy of Trial Lawyers of Allegheny County and its Board of Governors, the Allegheny County Bar Association and its Gender Equality Committee.

Along with his wife, Joni, Mr. Perry founded Pennies from Heaven, a charity providing economic assistance to financially challenged families to allow parents to stay with children admitted to Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. To date, Pennies From Heaven ( has raised over $2,500,000 and assisted more than 200,000 families.

Areas of Practice

  • Medical Malpractice
  • Personal Injury
  • Product Liability Cases & Industrial Accident Claims
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Employment Litigation

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania, 1991
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Pennsylvania, 1991
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit, 1991
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 1991
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit, 1991
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Federal Circuit, 1991


  • Duquesne University School of Law, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    • J.D. magna cum laude - 1991
    • Honors: Recipient, Thomas J. and Rose Brennan McManus Memorial Scholarship
    • Law Review: Duquesne University Law Review, Executive & Recent Decisions Editor, 1990 - 1991
  • Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania
    • B.A. summa cum laude - 1987
    • Honors: Phi Beta Kappa
    • Honors: Lambda Sigma
    • Honors: Member, Golden Key Honor Society
    • Honors: Recipient, Renaissance Academic Scholarship
    • Honors: Recipient Bayard D. Kunkle Academic Scholarship
    • Honors: National Speech & Hearing Pathology Award
    • Major: Speech Communication


  • Lecturer, Litigation Practice and Procedure, Continuing Legal Education, Clarion University
  • Lecturer, Personal Injury, Medical Malpractice and Civil Procedure, University of Pittsburgh School of Law
  • Adjunct Professor, Litigation, University of Pittsburgh School of Law

Honors and Awards

  • Marquis Who's Who in America
  • Marquis Who's Who in American Law
  • Marquis Who's Who in the World
  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyer
  • Top 50 Lawyers Pittsburgh, Super Lawyers

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Allegheny County Bar Association, Member, Public Service Committee
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, Member
  • Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association, Member
  • Academy of Trial Lawyers of Allegheny County, Member
  • American Association for Justice, Member
  • Pennies From Heaven Keeping Families Together Children's Charity, Founder
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum, Member

Pro Bono Activities

  • Founder. Pennies from Heaven, August 1, 2000 - Present