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John C. Porter


Contact Info

P: (717) 553-0690
F: (717) 229-1239
E: jporter@fhmslaw.com

Lancaster Office
1860 Charter Lane
Suite 201
Lancaster, PA 17601

Maps & Directions


  • The Dickinson School of Law of the Pennsylvania State University (J.D.May 2002)
    Law Review – The Penn State Environmental Law Review, Symposium Articles Editor; Law Review Publication – Comparison of Russian Federation and United States Endangered Species Law; Appellate Moot Court Board; Trial Team – Gourley Moot Court Competition; Rugby Club – Hooker
  • The Pennsylvania State University, The Capital College (B.H. in Business Humanities May 1997, High Honors)
    Editor – Tarnhelm – Literary and Arts Journal

Bar Memberships

  • Pennsylvania 2002
  • New Jersey 2002

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey


  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, Section on Labor and Employment Law, Secretary
  • York County Bar Association
  • Herbert B. Cohen American Inns of Court, Executive Committee
  • Manufacturers Association of Central Pennsylvania, Member and Attorney Consultant
  • The York Chapter of the Society for Human Resources Management (York SHRM), Legislative Chair
  • Spring Garden Township, York County, Zoning Hearing Board

Community Activities

  • Board Member and Personnel Committee – York County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
  • Booth Sales Coordinator SU 681 – Girl Scouts of Central Maryland
  • Published Poet


  • Griffith, Lerman, Lutz & Scheib, Litigation Associate 2010-2022
    • Griffith, Strickler, Lerman, Solymos & Calkins, Litigation Associate 2010-2016
  • Kokonos & Associates, Insurance Defense Associate 2007-2010
    Gallagher & Rowan, LLP, Railroad Defense Associate 2006-2007
  • Rawle & Henderson LLP, Insurance Defense Associate 2004-2006
  • Sole Practitioner, Principal 2002-2004
  • United Parcel Service (UPS, Inc.), Human Resources Representative; Operations Supervisor; Corporate and District Special Assignments 1985-1999

John C. Porter is a partner in the Lancaster office of Fowler, Hirtzel, McNulty & Spaulding with his practice concentrating on insurance defense and employment law matters. Mr. Porter has more than 15 years’ experience working at civil defense firms and in representing insurance companies, insureds, self- insureds and employers in civil litigation.   John’s experience includes defending trucking and motor vehicle claims, including UIM and UM claims, extra-contractual lawsuits, premises liability matters, construction accident litigation, and for a brief period, the railroads.

John brings to bear in this representation, a wealth of practical corporate and employment law experience. Before attending law school, John enjoyed a 14 year career at UPS, Inc., where, as a member of management he worked and led in Operations and Human Resources.  That experience engrained in John strategic awareness to problem solving and dispute resolution. Since graduating from the Dickinson School of Law of the Pennsylvania State University in 2002, John has applied that approach to his civil defense and employment law practice.  This has enabled John to identify and achieve efficiencies and outcomes which could not have been obtained in the absence of his considerable years of experience in human resources and operations at a Fortune 500 Company.

John is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and New Jersey and has tried multiple cases to verdict in State and Federal Courts.  He has also counseled and represented employers, including insurers, in a variety of employment law and business related matters, including non-competes, discrimination and harassment claims, unemployment compensation, employee termination, and wage payment disputes. Mr. Porter also regularly reviews, analyzes and updates company safety policies, as well as other company policies, handbooks and procedures, including COVID policies.

In addition to civil litigation defense and employment law, Mr. Porter also concentrates on commercial litigation. Just like casualty litigation, business disputes can be costly to litigate, not only in terms of expenses and indemnity, but also in terms of the potentially irrevocable destruction of business relationships which may occur. Mr. Porter recognizes the added value to all of his clients by immediate consideration of early opportunities for practical and inexpensive resolutions of disputes, and employs this discipline in the representation of all his clients.