Notable Experience

John has tried many eminent domain cases, and briefed and argued numerous appeals, arising out of major public works projects in eastern and central Massachusetts, including:

  • Boston’s Big Dig
  • Sagamore Rotary Flyover Project
  • Route 44 limited access highway project in southeastern Massachusetts
  • Route 146 and Route 146/Route 90 interchange project in central Massachusetts
  • Route 3 North road widening and interchange improvement project in north central Massachusetts.

John has also tried and handled appeals of eminent domain cases arising out of various:

  • Bridge repair and replacement projects
  • Courthouse-related construction projects
  • Watershed protection, conservation, park and open space preservation projects and
  • Road widening and infrastructure improvement projects.

Examples of reported appellate decisions John has briefed and argued include:

  • Sorenti Bros., Inc. v. Com., 468 Mass. 189 (2014)
  • 249 A Street Coop. Corp. v. Mass. Highway Dept., 80 Mass. App. Ct.. 1111 (2011)
  • Boston Water & Sewer Commission v. Com., 64 Mass. App. Ct. 611 (2005)

Frontage Development Corp. v. Com., 57 Mass. App. Ct. 1106, further app. rev. den. 439 Mass. 1103 (2003)

Firm Highlights


How AI Can Alter Skill Contests

AI could very well be today’s “Modern Prometheus” in the world of skill contests. Earlier this year, the AI-generated photograph “The Electrician” was a finalist in the World Photograph Organization’s Sony World Photograph Awards...


Conducting Workplace Investigations

Join Verrill’s Erik Peters and Elizabeth Johnston on Wednesday, October 18, for Conducting Workplace Investigations. When and why should you open an investigation? Who is the best person to conduct it? Should you handle...


82 Verrill Attorneys Recognized by Best Lawyers® 2024, Including 10 Named Lawyers of the Year


Gratitude for Anya Endsley


Elections and Constitutional Law: Successfully Challenged Certification of Initiative Petition

In a victory for consumers and the ride-hailing public, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court recently barred the Secretary of State from placing on the November ballot initiative petitions proposed by companies such as Uber...


Successful Representation of Insurer before U.S. District Court for the District of Maine

Verrill successfully represented an insurer before the U.S. District Court for the District of Maine in an insurance coverage matter alleging that the insurer improperly denied a defense and indemnification to a landlord under...


Annual Update: The Legal Year in Review

More details coming soon!


Corporate Transparency Act regulations will go into effect soon and will affect almost all startup companies

On August 18, the Maine Venture Fund published an article by Verrill Partner Gregory Fryer, “Corporate Transparency Act regulations will go into effect soon and will affect almost all startup companies.” In the article...


No Longer a Walk In The Park -- Entity Formation Under the U.S. Corporate Transparency Act

Presently, forming a corporation, LLC, or other entity in the U.S. can be done on a largely anonymous basis, without naming its owners and with only limited disclosures about managers, officers, and directors. Under...


Catch-Up Contributions: IRS Provides Relief from Roth Requirements of SECURE 2.0

On August 25, 2023, the IRS issued IRS Notice 2023-62 , providing much needed relief for employers who have been struggling to implement Section 603 of the SECURE 2.0 Act of 2022 (“SECURE 2.0&rdquo...

Contact Verrill at (855) 307 0700