Throughout his career, John Harkins has been engaged in complex litigation involving issues of corporate, securities and antitrust law, contracts, intellectual property and ERISA, frequently arguing such cases in appellate courts. Mr. Harkins has also served as an advisor on a wide variety of corporate issues and transactions. He has advised directors on their fiduciary and other duties, corporate clients on disclosure issues, director committees in the investigation of alleged corporate wrongdoing, and corporations on the defenses available to them under Pennsylvania law against hostile takeover bids. He has also appeared on behalf of defendants in many derivative actions.
Mr. Harkins is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and a member of the American Law Institute. He served as a trustee of the University of Pennsylvania and remains an emeritus trustee. He also served as vice-chairman and trustee of the University of Pennsylvania Health System and as chairman of the board of overseers of the University's Law School and is a member and former chairman of the board of advisors of the Institute for Law and Economics. He is a director of Citizens for Pennsylvania's Future.
Mr. Harkins received his LLB, summa cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania in 1958, where he was Order of the Coif and editor-in-chief of the University of Pennsylvania Law Review. He had received his BA from the University of Pennsylvania in 1953, graduating cum laude. From 1953 to 1955, he served as an officer in the U.S. Army.