John B. Wright, II

Senior Counsel

wrightj@ballardspahr.com
Tel 215.864.8830
Fax 215.864.8999
Philadelphia

John Wright is a highly experienced business lawyer with an extensive background both as outside counsel and in-house with law departments at large corporations. With more than 35 years in practice, John leverages his wide-ranging experience to provide clients with strategic advice and advocacy so they can act effectively in the marketplace. John advises both public companies and private equity investors, and has particular skill in corporate governance, securities regulation, and mergers and acquisitions.

John led the law department for 15 years at Triumph Group, Inc., a leading global aerospace component supplier, from 2004 until December 2018, serving as Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary. John managed all international legal, governance, and regulatory compliance matters, including for Triumph's non-U.S. subsidiaries in multiple jurisdictions. He advised the company's senior management and Board of Directors on corporate disclosure, investor relations, and shareholder activism. During his Triumph tenure, John managed multiple consolidations, dispositions, reorganizations, and restructurings within the United States and in foreign jurisdictions.

Earlier in his career, John practiced with law firms for more than a dozen years, including previously at Ballard Spahr from 2000 to 2004, and as well in-house at Safeguard Scientifics, Inc., and AdvaCare, Inc.

John has experience with negotiating, documenting, and executing acquisitions, refinancing of senior bank debt, and issuance of senior subordinated debt and convertible debt. He advises clients on corporate compliance, including matters involving the False Claims Act, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, government contracting, export control, EU data privacy, and corporate governance.

John also has directly supervised numerous significant litigation matters and uses that experience to guide clients on litigation strategy. He handles matters implicating employment law and the legal aspects of labor relations, such as ensuring a cohesive, company-wide legal strategy applicable to union and non-union sites. John also manages corporate intellectual property rights and has experience developing IP-related policies and procedures as well as negotiating licenses and related contracts. John has also managed corporate real estate issues, including compliance with environmental laws and negotiation and enforcement of indemnification provisions in remediation agreements.

A leader in the legal profession and the community, John teaches continuing professional education courses and actively promotes nonprofit organizations dedicated to the arts and other civic causes.

John has been recognized with prestigious awards over the course of his career. They include the Burton Legend in Law Award, awarded to general counsels based on outstanding reputation and track record; Corporate Counsel of the Year Award, Public Company General Counsel Category from the Philadelphia Business Journal; and the David S. Replansky Memorial Award, the highest honor bestowed by the Business Law Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association.

Judicial Clerkships

Hon. Louis C. Bechtle, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 1980-1982

Recognition & Accomplishments

Burton Legend in Law Award, 2015; Honorary Chair, Burton Awards Dinner, 2016

Corporate Counsel of the Year Award, Public Company General Counsel Category, Philadelphia Business Journal, 2013

Dennis H. Replansky Memorial Award, Business Law Section, Philadelphia Bar Association, 2013

Community Activities

The Presser Foundation, Advancement of Music Committee member, December 2018-present

Villanova University School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 1980)
Order of the Coif
Articles Editor, Villanova Law Review

Princeton University (A.B. 1976)

Languages

German (professional working proficiency)

Italian (limited working proficiency)

Pennsylvania