John M. Arose is a member of McNees’ Litigation, Education Law and White Collar Defense Law & Internal Investigations Groups.  He brings significant courtroom experience to his representation of clients in bench and jury trials and handles a broad range of matters for educational institutions.

What does John do for Clients?
John handles client matters from beginning to end, leveraging almost a decade of significant courtroom experience to regularly assist clients by drafting and reviewing discovery; defending and conducting depositions of witnesses; drafting briefs; handling mediations and preparing for trial; and representing clients in appeals. He also maintains a White Collar defense practice.

In his education practice, John represents various clients with issues relating to:

  • Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
  • Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • And other education law-related issues.

Before joining McNees, John worked in the litigation groups of three Harrisburg-area law firms representing clients in a broad range of legal matters, including a prominent Pennsylvania teacher’s union.  He also served as deputy public defender in the Dauphin County Public Defender’s Office for two years, where he was co-counsel in a complex corporate fraud case; drafted and submitted appellate briefs filed in the Superior Court for the Middle District, and maintained and organized an active Court of Common Pleas caseload of more than 100 clients.


Saint Joseph’s University, B.S. in Business Administration, 2008

Villanova University, Certificate in Paralegal Studies, 2010

Widener University School of Law, J.D., 2014


Pennsylvania Rising Stars®, 2022


Dauphin County Bar Association

James S. Bowman American Inn of Court


Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Middle District of Pennsylvania

Third Circuit Court of Appeals

Bar Admissions


New Jersey