“If you want to meet people, you have to get involved in the Philadelphia Bar Association,” says John E. Savoth. “It really gives added depth and meaning to your life, both professionally and personally.” And Savoth should know. He recognized the value of being active in the Association early in his career. Now he’s about to become the Association’s 85th Chancellor.
Savoth is proud to be a Philadelphia lawyer. Philadelphia, he observes, is fortunate to have a vibrant legal community filled with people of diverse backgrounds, cultures and geographic roots – who have chosen to make the city their professional home. “This gives an added dimension to the life and work of a Philadelphia attorney,” he says.
The new Chancellor, who will detail his plans on Tuesday, Dec. 6 at the Hyatt at The Bellevue, wants 2012 to be a year highlighting Philadelphia lawyers’ work on behalf of the community at-large. He will also continue the Association’s strong commitment to public interest efforts that serve the city’s disadvantaged.
A native of Neptune City, N.J., Savoth learned the importance of family, selfreliance and a strong work ethic at an early age. His grandfather immigrated from Greece and eventually founded the family business selling bananas at the New Jersey shore in 1924. The business, later run by Savoth’s father Edward – and subsequently by his older brother of four years, Bill – employed John during his high school years, as well as his mother, Catherine, and older brother of two years, Tom.
A graduate of Dickinson College and Widener University School of Law, Savoth began his legal career as a law clerk for the late Hon. James T. McDermott of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, thereafter working for his legal mentor, Bill Keller, at Keller & Associates, which later became Keller & Savoth. In 1996, he formed the law offices of John E. Savoth, and in 2003 merged practices with William Fedullo to create Fedullo & Savoth.In 2007, he became of counsel to Saltz Mongeluzzi & Bendesky PC. He focuses his practice on personal injury matters including construction, motor vehicle, and premises and products liability.
At the Bar Association, Savoth has served in numerous leadership roles including chair of the Board of Governors, secretary and assistant secretary of the Association, chair of the Young Lawyers Division and co-chair of the Bench-Bar & Annual Conference, as well as chair or member of various committees. He is a member of the Commission on Judicial Selection and Retention and a trustee of the Philadelphia Bar Foundation, as well as a charter member of its Andrew Hamilton Circle.Among his other service roles, he is a member of the Board of Directors of the Philadelphia Volunteers for the Indigent Program and the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia.
Savoth resides in Swarthmore with his wife of nearly 30 years, Nancy, an author who serves as an instructor in Widener University’s Writing Center, tutoring students from freshman to doctoral candidates. They have three sons: Alex, a graduate of Syracuse University with a BFA in film art, who is also a musician; Nate, a student in the Honors Program at Temple University who studies literature and plays jazz guitar; and Evan, an 8th grader at Strath Haven Middle School, a piano player who spends his free time on the soccer field.
As he prepares to lead his colleagues through 2012, Savoth will advance initiatives that carry forward the proud tradition and reputation of the Philadelphia lawyer in our region and beyond. Come hear John Savoth at our Annual Meeting Luncheon on Tuesday, Dec. 6 at noon at the Hyatt at The Bellevue, in the Grand Ballroom.