Unparalleled Criminal Defense Experience In State And Federal Court

John J. Fioravanti Jr.

  • Sole Practitioner
Doylestown, PA
I was born in Norristown, Pennsylvania on July 26, 1949, and attended the overbrook School for the Blind in Philadelphia, and graduated from there in 1968. I served as class president for many years, student counsel president, was the captain of the wrestling team and a member of the track team. I also studied music extensively.

I attended Ursinus College in Collegeville, Pennsylvania, where I received a Bachelor of science degree in psychology, authored an Honors paper and graduated sixth in rank from my entire graduating class.

Beginning in the fall of 1972, I attended the Temple University School of Law, and graduated 1978.

I worked as a Bucks County Public Defender beginning in the spring of 1979.

As a public defender I operated the juvenile court division for some time and tried many criminal cases, with and without juries. My expertise in the criminal field moved to death penalty litigation in 1982. In 1986, I was appointed as the deputy public defender, in charged of hiring new lawyers, trial training and trial assignments.

In 1989, I began a private law firm partnership with David H. Knight. We handled criminal defense, juvenile law, family law, federal criminal law, appellate litigation in state and federal courts, estates and civil litigation. I was appointed to the Bucks County Court appointed list and continue to serve in that capacity and am also a court appointed member for Pennsylvania Federal cases.

In 1993, I ran as the democratic candidate for Bucks County District Attorney and was defeated in the November election.

In June of 2013, I became a sole practitioner, and focus in the state and federal criminal areas, although I do a fair amount of juvenile law, some personal injury, civil and estate work along with some child custody.    

Throughout the years, I have served on the Board of Directors for the Community Commitment Corporation, an agency treating juveniles in the community and have also served on the Board of Directors for Reaching at Problems, a home for abused young females    

Areas Of Practice

  • Criminal Law including DUI 75%
  • Appellate Work 15%
  • Traffic 3%
  • Child Custody 4%
  • Personal Injury 3%

Litigation Percentage

85% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania, 1978
  • U.S. District Court of Pennsylvania, 1979
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit, 1991


  • Temple University School of Law, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    • J.D.
  • Ursinus College, Collegeville, Pennsylvania
    • B.S.
    • Honors: cum laude
    • Major: Psychology

Representative Cases

  • Comm vs Gerald Larz, 1996, Phil Common Pleas
  • Comm vs Heather, Martin, 2006, Mifflin Common Pleas
  • Comm vs Joseph Forman, 1983, Bucks Co.
  • Comm vs Heather Miller, 2000, Bucks Co.
  • Comm vs Albert Altimari, 1986, Bucks Co.
  • Common vs Sybil White, 2009, Mont Co.
  • US vs Scott Hornick, 2010, Phil Eastern District Fed. Ct.
  • Comm vs Frank Chester, 1988, Bucks Co.
  • Commonwealth v Jerome Gibson Pa, 720 A2d 473, 1998, Bucks County
  • Commonwealth v Smith Pa, 650 A2d 863, 1994, Bucks County
  • Commonwealth v Chester Pa, 587 A2d 1367, 1991, Bucks County
  • Commonwealth v Bonnet Pa, Super 50 A 3rd 176, 2012, Bucks County
  • Commonwealth v Elmobdy Pa, Super 823 A2d 108, 2003, Bucks County
  • Commonwealth v Palmer Pa, Super 700 A2d 988, 1997, Bucks County
  • Commonwealth v Hollawell Pa, Super 604 A2d 723, 1992, Phil.
  • Commonwealth v Hoover Pa, Super 460 A2d 814, 1983, Bucks County

Honors and Awards

  • Liberty Awards Bucks County Bar Association

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Bucks County Bar Association, Member, 1982 to Present
  • Pennsylvania Criminal Lawyers Defense, Member, 1992 to Present

Past Employment Positions

  • Bucks Co Public Defender, Deputy P.D., 1979 to 1989
  • Fioravanti & Knight, Partner, 1989 to 2013


  • English