John J. Richardson, Partner
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Twitter: @BBlawfirmPA

J.J. is a Partner in Bernstein-Burkley’s Litigation practice group.

J.J. is a versatile trial lawyer, litigator and negotiator who practices in the area of general civil litigation including commercial litigation, personal injury, product liability, premises liability, insurance defense, nursing home litigation, employment litigation and land use.  J.J. also provides general business and employment law counseling to businesses of all sizes.

J.J. has represented clients in a variety of industries including pharmaceuticals and medical devices, manufacturing, oil and gas, consumer products, sports equipment, infant and juvenile products, industrial equipment and machinery, real estate development, nursing homes, insurance carriers, and school districts and municipalities.

He has tried cases in various state trial courts in Pennsylvania and participated on trial teams in the Federal District Courts in Pennsylvania and Ohio. He has argued appeals to the Pennsylvania Superior Court and has also briefed and argued dispositive motions in numerous trial courts throughout Pennsylvania.

J.J. also serves as a Member of the Zoning Board of Adjustment for the City of Pittsburgh.  He was nominated to that position by Mayor William Peduto and confirmed by Pittsburgh City Council.


  • John Carroll University, B.A. in Communication, Cum Laude, 1997
  • University of Pittsburgh School of Law, J.D., Notes Editor of the University of Pittsburgh Journal of Law and Commerce, 2000
  • Admitted to the bar of Pennsylvania in 2000
  • Admitted to the bar of Ohio in 2001
  • Admitted to the bar of West Virginia in 2017


  • Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
  • Supreme Court of Ohio
  • Supreme Court of West Virginia
  • United States District Courts for the Western, Middle, and Eastern Districts of Pennsylvania
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

Affiliations and Memberships:

  • American Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Ohio Bar Association
  • Allegheny County Bar Association
  • Pittsburgh Zoning Board of Adjustment
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance
  • Defense Research Institute

Community Involvement:

  • Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh: “Big Brother” and President of the Board of Directors, 2016-2017 (Board Member since 2009)
  • Pittsburgh Urban Magnet Project: Former Board Member
  • Pittsburgh Cares: Former Board Member (President: 2010-2011)