Trial Practice & Civil Litigation

John Schwab is an experienced litigator in the areas of commercial litigation, white collar criminal defense, government investigations, and corporate internal investigations and compliance. His civil practice extends to matters, including commercial disputes, shareholder actions, corporate waste and breaches of fiduciary duty, intellectual property and trade secrets, employment, False Claims Act (qui tam), and other complex commercial litigation. Mr. Schwab’s litigation practice includes electronic discovery and the impact of technology in civil and white collar criminal cases.

Representative Matters

  • Pittsburgh counsel to large healthcare system in 21-day jury trial in federal court against publicly-traded actuarial and employee benefits companies
  • Financial institution for civil fraud claims, including successful defense at trial
  • Health care provider in civil lawsuit involving alleged theft of trade secrets and confidential data
  • Telecommunications firm in suit to preserve access to its communications facility, including successfully obtaining injunctive relief at contested hearing
  • Corporation and its president in breach of contract lawsuit concerning the sale of aircraft to government agency, including successful defense at trial
  • Investigation by the SEC’s Enforcement Division into alleged related party transactions
  • Minority-owned business for civil False Claims Act claims involving alleged kickbacks
  • Manufacturer-fabricator of rifle parts in contract dispute with company retained to repair industrial drilling machine
  • SEC investigation into alleged misappropriation of client funds by broker-dealer, concluding with a favorable resolution when the SEC did not recommend action
  • Executives transitioning to new employers, including negotiations of employment agreements, severance and settlement terms, and non-compete and confidentiality agreements
  • Executive of international defense contractor in corporate internal investigation
  • Physicians, psychologists, and medical providers in internal investigations who were facing potential loss of privileges, credentials, or licenses
  • Physician in False Claims Act investigation related to compensation agreement with laboratory, including settlement of FCA allegations and subsequent licensing and credentialing matters
  • Financial institution’s employee in internal investigation for alleged theft of corporate data
  • Member of trial team representing global pharmaceutical company in lawsuit concerning disqualification of law firm representing competitor in hostile takeover, concluding favorably after successfully obtained preliminary injunction
  • Pittsburgh counsel to worldwide coffee company and coffeehouse chain in multi-district patent litigation concerning mobile payment applications/software
  • Pittsburgh counsel in False Claims Act employment retaliation matter

Additionally, Mr. Schwab is a skilled advocate having tried numerous jury and bench trials over his career. For over 10 years, he has served on faculty with the National Trial Advocacy College held annually at the University of  Virginia School of Law in Charlottesville, Virginia.