Hangley Aronchick is proud to announce that shareholder John S. Stapleton has been named a 2019 “Influencer of Law” by the Philadelphia Inquirer. One of only 12 Business Litigation attorneys selected for this honor, Stapleton was chosen for the caliber and quality of his work, his contributions to the legal industry, and his community involvement.

A trial and appellate lawyer who practices in the firm’s Philadelphia and New Jersey offices, Stapleton focuses his practice on complex business and government disputes and frequently handles high profile and high stakes matters. His clients include financial institutions, real estate companies, retailers, government agencies, and other businesses and individuals. Stapleton regularly litigates issues concerning intellectual property rights, especially copyrights, trademarks and trade secrets, tax, restrictive covenants, licensing and other business contracts, partnership disputes, fraud, real estate, RICO, ERISA, government regulations, class actions, and business torts.

Stapleton was a leader in the successful defense of the Philadelphia Beverage Tax in Williams v. City of Philadelphia and was one of the lead attorneys for the firm in Whitewood v. Wolf, obtaining the landmark ruling striking down Pennsylvania’s ban on marriage for same-sex couples. He frequently presents at legal and community associations in Pennsylvania and New Jersey regarding substantive legal issues and litigation tactics, and is the co-author of several chapters in Lexis-Nexis’ Pennsylvania Civil Pre-Trial Practice Guide. He is also active in the community and currently serves on the Advisory Board of the Volunteers of America/UrbanPromise Legal Clinic in Camden, New Jersey, providing critical legal services to the indigent community of southern New Jersey.

Stapleton and the other winners will be honored at an event March 26 at the Crystal Tea Room in Philadelphia. Learn more here.