John E. Stoddard III

Phone: (609) 716-6504 (609) 716-6504
Fax: (609) 799-7000


John E. Stoddard III has advised businesses and their officers, directors and owners on a broad range of legal and business matters for over three decades. He assists private equity firms and middle-market companies on transactional work such as mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, leveraged recapitalizations, private placements and joint ventures, throughout the U.S. and internationally. Utilizing his broad experience and hands-on approach, John focuses on providing practical, cost-effective solutions that address the legal and business needs of the clients he serves.

John has represented numerous public and private companies and private equity firms in the acquisition or disposition of a broad range of businesses, including clients in the manufacturing, consumer services, publishing, software, insurance, environmental remediation, child care, biotechnology, retailing, investment advice, market research, health care and automotive industries. He has also represented issuers and underwriters in numerous public stock offerings, as well as issuers and investors in venture capital and private placement transactions.


  • Graham Partners and its portfolio companies in multiple mergers, acquisitions, recapitalizations, dispositions and financing transactions
  • Graham Packaging Company in its $1 billion recapitalization with The Blackstone Group
  • Ansell Healthcare Products in its $615 million acquisition of BarrierSafe Solutions and several other acquisition and investment transactions
  • Philadelphia Media Network (owner of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News and in the sale of its Broad Street Publishing division and the subsequent sale of PMN to Interstate General Media
  • Quaker City Motor Parts Co. in its $368 million sale to Genuine Parts Company
  • Kulicke & Soffa Industries in the $155 million sale of its wire business to W.C. Heraeus GmbH
  • Vela Pharmaceuticals in its $48 million merger with Pharmos Corporation
  • Targent in the sale of substantially all of its assets to Spectrum Pharmaceuticals


Best Lawyers®, Corporate Law (2020)


Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey


  • Boston College Law School, J.D., 1984
  • University of Virginia, B.S., 1981


  • American Bar Association, Business Law Section
  • New Jersey Bar Association
  • The First Tee of Greater Philadelphia