Jon R. Perry

Jon R. Perry

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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. In 2015, Mr. Perry obtained a $32,000,000, 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 2017 he was named a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer, an honor awarded to the top 5 per cent of the attorneys in Pennsylvania. In 2008 through 2017, he was named one of Pittsburgh's Top 50 Super Lawyers and a Top 100 in Pennsylvania. For many years, 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 150,000 families.
• Medical Malpractice Annual Update, Pennsylvania Conference of State Trial Judges Annual Meeting
• The Preparation and Trial of the Products Liability Case (Pennsylvania Bar Association)
• Subrogation to the Supreme Court, McCutchen v. US AIRWAYS (Colorado Trial Lawyers Association)
• Handling the Cancer Case (Pennsylvania Association of Justice)
• Medical Malpractice Cases (Pennsylvania Association of Justice)
• Litigation Overview and Ways to Avoid Being Sued (UPMC Anesthesiology Residents)
• Trying the Emergency Medicine Case (Pennsylvania Association of Justice)
• Preparing Your Witness to Testify, Tips and Techniques to Win your Case (Pennsylvania Bar Institute)
• Demonstrative Evidence: Show and Tell for the Jury (Western Pennsylvania Association for Justice)
• The Nuts and Bolts of the Medical Malpractice Case (Pennsylvania Bar Institute)
• ER: Trying the Emergency Room Medical Malpractice Case (Pennsylvania Association for Justice)
• Advanced Issues in Medical Malpractice Litigation (Pennsylvania Bar Institute)
• Medical Malpractice: How to Win in Today's Environment (Pennsylvania Association for Justice)
• Preparing Your Witness to Testify: Tips and Techniques to Win Your Case (Pennsylvania Bar Institute)
• Tough Trial Issues: Dealing with Experts (Pennsylvania Association for Justice)
• Failure to Diagnose Cancer (Pennsylvania Association for Justice)
• Annual Civil Litigation Update (Pennsylvania Association for Justice)
• Annual Medical Malpractice Update (Pennsylvania Association for Justice)
• Understanding Wrongful Death and Survival Claims (Clarion University)
• Avoiding Medical Malpractice (University of Pittsburgh Medical Center)
• Deposition Practice: PA Advanced Litigation Skills for Paralegals
• Overcoming Juror Bias (Pennsylvania Association for Justice)
• Juror Bias and Presenting Persuasive Testimony (Pennsylvania Association for Justice)
• Top Ten Medical Malpractice Issues: What You Need to Know (Pennsylvania Association for Justice)
• Bringing the Jury into Focus (Western Pennsylvania Association for Justice)
• Linking Technology to Victory: The Art of Preparing, Settling and Trying Cases in the Digital Age. (Pennsylvania Bar Institute)
• Current Issues in Medical Malpractice (Pennsylvania Bar Institute)
• The Brave New World of Medical Malpractice Litigation (Pennsylvania Bar Institute)
• Maximizing your Client's Recovery in Challenging Times (Pennsylvania Bar Institute)
• Advanced Topics in Medical Malpractice (Pennsylvania Association for Justice)
• Linking Technology to Victory (Pennsylvania Bar Institute)
• Successfully Litigating the Auto Accident (Pennsylvania Bar Institute)
• Medical Malpractice Expert Testimony: The Keys to Victory (Pennsylvania Association for Justice)
• Strategic Decisions (Pennsylvania Association for Justice)
• Confidentiality of Medical Records (Lorman Educational Services)
• Nursing Home Litigation (Pennsylvania Association for Justice)
• Personal Injury Litigation (Pennsylvania Association for Justice)
• St. Thomas Anesthesiology Legal Education Symposium (UPMC)
• Introduction to Anesthesia Cases in the Legal System (UPMC)
• Trial Advocacy - How to Bring Expert Witnesses to Life (ACATLA)
• ERISA Lien Subrogation Update Webinar (American Association for Justice)
• Maximizing Recoveries While Dealing With Liens (WCBA)


*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

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