• Civil Rights Litigation
  • Education Law
  • Charter School Law
  • Labor and Employment Law
  • Business Law
  • Municipal Liability


  • Widener University School of Law, J.D., With Distinction (2013)
  • Loyola College in Maryland, B.B.A. Marketing Concentration (2009)
  • Saint Joseph’s Preparatory School (2005)


  • Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
  • Supreme Court of New Jersey
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • United States District Court for the District of New Jersey
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania


John P. McAvoy is an Associate Attorney for The MacMain Law Group, LLC. He concentrates his practice in the areas of Civil Rights Litigation, Labor and Employment Law matters, School Law, and General Business Law/Advising.

John’s experience includes representing public and private employers, law enforcement agencies, prisons, municipalities and public entities of all sizes in commercial litigation, governmental liability and insurance defense in administrative, state and federal courts throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

He assists companies and their principals in all matters of commercial litigation, including commercial disputes, breach of contract cases, partnership disputes, business torts, breach of fiduciary duty allegations, as well as employment and labor law issues.


John is a graduate of Loyola University in Maryland where he received his Bachelor of Business Administration in 2009. While attending Loyola University, John spent the fall of 2007 studying in County Cork, Ireland and later interned for the Holt Group at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney.

He received his Juris Doctor with distinction from Widener University School of Law in 2013, where he served on the Widener Law Review. His note was later published by Jurist, an online publication supported by the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

During his first year of law school and the summer thereafter, John worked as a Commercial Lease Abstractor for Jackson Cross Partners, LLC in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania where he generated an aggregation of critical lease information that permitted corporate clients to find pertinent data quickly and better manage their portfolio of properties.

After his second year of law school, John was a Summer Associate at Lamb McErlane, PC in West Chester, Pennsylvania, where he conducted legal research and composed client letters, discovery documents, pleadings, and memoranda in various contexts, including Appellate, Civil Rights Litigation, Employment Law, and General Insurance Defense.

During his third year, John worked as a Law Clerk at Tighe & Cottrell, P.A. in Wilmington, Delaware, where he prepared pleadings in various areas of insurance defense, including premises, professional and products liability. John also supplemented his firm experience with a third-year curriculum focused on obtaining practical experience. In the fall of 2012, John served as a Certified Legal Intern for the Delaware Civil [Family Law] Clinic and successfully litigated a lifetime Order for Protection from Abuse for his client, a victim of inconceivable domestic violence. In the spring of 2013, John interned for the Veterans Law Clinic where he represented disabled veterans who had been denied disability benefits for injuries suffered during and/or subsequent to their service and who wished to appeal.

Most recently, John served as Judicial Law Clerk to The Honorable Raymond A. Batten, P.J.Ch. (Ret.) (Chancery Division, General Equity Part) in the Superior Court of New Jersey for Atlantic & Cape May Counties. As the only General Equity clerk for the two counties, John drafted bench memoranda, judicial opinions, and attended civil proceedings on varied and complex areas of law such as high-stakes contract disputes between Atlantic City casinos, creditors’ rights actions, land use matters, trusts and estates, and probate. He joined The MacMain Law Group in September 2014.


  • Defense Research Institute (DRI)
    • Committee Membership: Employment & Labor LawGovernmental Liability;  Young Lawyers