John E. Tyrrell is one of the founding Members of Ricci Tyrrell Johnson & Grey and is the firm’s Managing Member.
Mr. Tyrrell’s practice is focused on three major areas. First, he has decades of experience in the representation of operators and managers of stadiums, arenas and recreational facilities, including professional and collegiate sports teams, golf courses, ice rinks, gymnastics facilities, rowing associations and paintball facilities. Mr. Tyrrell is trial counsel to such entities, and also provides risk management and liability prevention consultation to these clients. He has developed a particular expertise in prosecuting and defending contractual indemnity and insurance claims, both at trial and through declaratory judgment proceedings. Mr. Tyrrell has consistently lectured at training sessions for the supervisory staff of a stadium operator. He has also authored information guides, ticket and pass disclaimers, prospective releases, patron signage and other communication devices used at facilities. Mr. Tyrrell received the Finance Monthly Magazine 2016 Global Award for Sport Lawyer of the Year.
Second, Mr. Tyrrell is regional trial counsel to several global product manufacturers, defending products liability lawsuits throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey. He has been admitted Pro Hac Vice at his client’s request to defend litigation in other states as well. The products at issue have included skid-steer loaders, excavators, backhoes, construction vehicles including haulers, cranes and dump trucks, hand tools, bicycles, forklifts, hoists, chairs and other furniture, and toys and children’s products of various types. Mr. Tyrrell has litigated numerous catastrophic injury cases and tried dozens of cases in state and federal courts. He has successfully presented multiple Daubert and Frye challenges to opposing experts in products liability cases, resulting in dispositive defenses for his clients.
Mr. Tyrrell also represents his clients in commercial litigation disputes. He has handled cases involving vendor, dealer and franchise agreements, restrictive covenants and other forms of breach of contract claims. He successfully represented the operator of a multi-use stadium in a claim against the provider of a beverage line system resulting in the replacement and remediation of the entire system. He has secured defense verdicts in trials involving alleged commercial damages in the tens of millions of dollars.
John E. Tyrrell graduated cum laude from Columbia University in 1986 and received his Juris Doctor from Villanova University in 1989. He is admitted to the bars of the states of Pennsylvania and New Jersey, the United States District Courts for New Jersey, the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and the Middle District of Pennsylvania and the United States Third Circuit Court of Appeals. He is a member of the Defense Research Institute (DRI), the Pennsylvania Defense Institute (PDI), the Philadelphia Association of Defense Counsel (PADC), the Product Liability Advisory Council (PLAC) and has been a frequent lecturer at events including those sponsored by the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), Pennsylvania Bar Institute (PBI) and other organizations. He has received an AV® Rating from Martindale-Hubbell®.
Mr. Tyrrell lettered in Varsity Football at Columbia University. He resides in Voorhees, NJ with his wife Kathleen and sons Michael and Thomas. For over two decades, Mr. Tyrrell has been an active supporter of Eagles Charitable Foundation, the charitable wing of the Philadelphia Eagles organization.