Jon Michael Dumont

Partner Tel: 215-279-9725 (PA) / 856-354-8074 (NJ) Fax: 215-279-9732 (PA) / 856-354-8075 (NJ) Send an Email

Areas of Practice

Cargo Claims
Public Transit
Transportation
Trucking

Bar Admissions

Pennsylvania, 1993
New Jersey, 1995
U.S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 1994
U.S. District Court District of New Jersey, 1996
New York, 2000
U.S. District Court Middle District of Pennsylvania
U.S. District Court Western District of Pennsylvania
U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York
U.S. District Court Northern District of New York
U.S. District Court Southern District of New York
U.S. District Court Western District of New York
U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit

Education

Villanova University School of Law, Villanova, Pennsylvania
J.D. - 1993

Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts
M.A. - 1989
Major: Economics

Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts
B.A. magna cum laude - 1989
Honors: Member, Gold Key National Honor Society
Major: Economics

Published Works

Collateral Estoppel, Trucking Law Update, Vol. VIII, No. 15
Challenge The Expert!, Trucking Law Update, Vol. VII, No. 9
Scranton: Defense Verdict, Trucking Law Update, Vol. V, No. 5
Who is Mary Carter?, The Transportation Lawyer, Vol. 7, No. 1, July, 2005
Boozers are Losers, The Transportation Lawyer, February, 2003
The Future of Trucking Litigation?, The Transportation Lawyer, Vol. 5, No. 1, July, 2003
Trucking Company Not Responsible for Murder By Employee-Driver Occurring While Dispatched, The Legal Intelligencer, Litigation Quarterly Supplement, December, 2000
A Cause for Cancer? Exposure to Diesel Fuel Emissions, For The Defense, November, 2003
Pennsylvania Superior Court Affirms Summary Judgement for Bus Company, The TransportationLawyer, Vol. 3, Number 4, February, 2002
Caught!, TIDA Newsletter, 2001
Every Picture Tells a Story, TIDA Newsletter, 2000
Sympathy vs. Science, TIDA Newsletter, 1999
Summary Judgment Granted to Bus Company when Plaintiff is Injured after Safe Exit from the Bus, Rawle’s Reports, Vol. 4, No. 4
Who You Gonna Call?, The Transportation Lawyer, Vol. 3, No. 2, October, 2001
For the Defense, Defense Research Institute (DRI)
The Transportation Lawyer, Transportation Lawyers Association (TLA)
TIDA Newsletter, The Legal Intelligencer
The Legal Intelligencer, New Jersey Motor Truck Association (NJMTA)
Rawle's Reports, Rawle & Henderson Newsletter

Trials

Obtained a jury verdict for the defense in a spinal injury case involving multiple surgeries and a settlement demand of $4.5 million at the time of trial. The 35 year-old plaintiff alleged defendants’ tractor trailer moved into her lane of travel in a roundabout located in Brooklyn, New York and struck her car. The trucking company denied responsibility for causing the accident. Plaintiff claimed that as a result of the collision she sustained cervical and lumbar disc injuries requiring multiple discograms, discectomies, and a fusion at L5-S1. She further claimed she would require future spine surgeries and incur future medical expenses for the remainder of her life. The jury deliberated for under one hour before returning a verdict in favor of defendants and finding the truck driver was not negligent. (Lescott v. New Prime, Inc., et al.)
Obtained a jury verdict for the defense in a traumatic brain injury case with a settlement demand of $7.4 million at the time of trial. The twenty-one year-old plaintiff was the front seat passenger in his friend’s car when they struck the rear of a tractor trailer owned and operated by the trucking company defendant. At the time of this accident, Pennsylvania still followed the doctrine of pure joint and several liability between joint tortfeasors. Accordingly, plaintiff could recover all of his damages from the defendant if its driver was found to be at least one percent responsible for causing the accident. Plaintiff’s counsel retained trucking industry and human factors experts to testify in support of the negligence claims against the truck driver; however, the majority of plaintiff’s witness at trial testified concerning plaintiff’s alleged injuries and damages. The jury deliberated for under one hour before returning a verdict in favor of the defendant and finding the truck driver was not negligent. (Battestelli v. Werner Enterprises, Inc., et al.)
Obtained a jury verdict for the defense in a catastrophic personal injury case with a settlement demand of $4.5 million. The driver plaintiff alleged that a defect in the braking system of a John Deere 300C articulated dump truck owned and leased by Mr. Dumont’s client reportedly caused the plaintiff to lose control of the vehicle and sustain a traumatic brain injury, comminuted tibia and fibula fractures requiring surgical intervention, rib fractures, herniated cervical and lumbar discs as well as other injuries and damages. (Simon v. Abele Tractor & Equipment, et al.)
Obtained a jury verdict for the defense in a fatal vehicular accident case. Plaintiff claimed a turning tractor trailer blocked the decedent’s lane of travel and caused decedent’s vehicle to under-ride the trailer; blood tests showed the decedent had a blood alcohol level of 0.245%, or 3 times above the legal limit, at the time of the accident. (Estate of Warner v. J.B. Hunt transport Inc., et al.)
Obtained a defense verdict in favor of an insurer at a bench trial. Following a motor vehicle accident involving the plaintiff corporation’s vehicle, the plaintiff filed a declaratory judgment action to obtain an order declaring that it was entitled to a defense and indemnity under the insurer’s commercial auto policy. The insurer denied coverage and contended that the policy had been cancelled prior to the accident due to non-payment of the premium. (Mortuary Removal Services, Inc. v. Lancer Insurance Company, et al.)
Secured a jury verdict for the defense in a $250,000 personal injury case. Plaintiff had been involved in an intersectional collision and sustained a herniated lumbar disc and aggravation of pre-existing avascular necrosis requiring surgery on both hips. (Orlando v. A&R Transport, Inc., et al.)
Obtained a jury verdict for the defense in an accident case with a settlement demand of $500,000. The case involved a left turn collision where 26 year-old driver plaintiff sustained brachial plexus traction injury and underwent two surgical procedures. (Wysocki v. Apache Transport, et al.)
Obtained a jury verdict for the defense in a case involving a plaintiff with multiple sclerosis, cervical laminectomy, and depressive disorder. (Vitaioli v. J.B. Hunt Transport)
Obtained a jury verdict for the defense in a case alleging that a turning tractor trailer blocked the plaintiff’s lane of travel and caused a collision in which the plaintiff sustained a right ankle injury requiring open reduction and fixation surgeries, and ultimately fusion surgery. Blood test showed that the plaintiff’s blood alcohol level was 0.15% at the time of the accident. (Archer v. Ward Trucking Company, et al.)
Obtained a jury verdict for the defense in a disputed lane change accident. The 18 year-old plaintiff sustained multiple fractures to the pelvis requiring a metal plate and eight screws, fractured ribs, a lacerated spleen, lacerated kidney, a right clavicle fracture, and a puncture wound to her left thigh resulting in a 10” scar. (Vargo v. Werner Enterprises, Inc., et al.)
Secured a favorable verdict on behalf of trucking client Transportation Co. in a personal injury case. The plaintiff was a truck driver who stopped to assist a Transportation Co. driver and was allegedly injured when the truck moved while he was under the trailer helping to install a pin at the rear tandem. The defense was hampered by the fact that the court had to rely on the plaintiff’s version of the accident because Transportation Co.'s driver was no longer an employee and could not be located. The plaintiff’s initial demand was $750,000, later lowered to $350,000 prior to trial. At trial, the jury found the plaintiff 25% negligent and awarded $75,000. (David v. Transportation Co., et al.)

Classes/Seminars

Speaker, Defense Strategies for Bad Venues, TIDA Mini-Seminar, 2004 - Present
Speaker, INS Insurance/Schneider National Carriers, 2003 Transportation Industry Seminar, 2003 - Present
Speaker, Liberty Mutual Insurance Co., Sixth Annual Transportation Customer Outing, 2002 - Present
Speaker, Knocking out Plaintiff’s Economist in Federal Court, American Bar Association Transportation Megaconference V, 2001 - Present

Honors and Awards

Member, Gold Key National Honor Society
Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated

Professional Associations and Memberships

Trucking Industry Defense Association (TIDA), Member
New York State Bar Association, Member
American Bar Association, Member
Transportation Lawyers Association (TLA)