Biography

John is an experienced trial and appellate lawyer representing businesses, individuals and institutions with a focus on real estate-related civil litigation. This includes eminent domain and other real estate and business valuation issues as well as land use, permitting, environmental and other regulatory matters.

Prior to joining the firm, John was an Assistant Massachusetts Attorney General for over 20 years, where he practiced as a trial lawyer defending state agencies in a variety of civil lawsuits. For much of that time, John’s practice centered on eminent domain and related land use matters. John was appointed Senior Counsel and Supervisor responsible for overseeing and supervising the defense of all real estate cases filed against the state, including claims in Land Court and eminent domain jury claims in Superior Court.

Before joining the Attorney General’s Office, John practiced for over five years at Burns & Levinson in the General Trial Department, where he represented clients facing complex commercial and civil litigation in state and federal courts.

While John’s legal experience is predominantly in civil litigation, he has also handled criminal litigation, including trial and appellate work, both as a defense attorney and, for a short time, as a prosecutor.

John has lectured and given presentations about eminent domain to various groups and was invited by the Federal Highway Administration’s National Highway Institute to be a “Subject Matter Expert” as part of a team designing an eminent domain course to be offered nationwide to real estate professionals.

Prior to graduating from the University of Rhode Island with his bachelor's degree, John participated in a German Academic Exchange Teaching Fellowship in Hamlin, Germany, in addition to taking courses at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland and Colby College in Waterville, Maine.

Services/Industries

Education

  • Northeastern University School of Law  (J.D.)
  • University of Rhode Island  (B.A.)

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts

Memberships

  • Boston Bar Association
  • Economic Development Committee, Roslindale Village Main Streets

Clerkships

  • United States District Court, District of Massachusetts

Firm Highlights

Publication/Podcast

The PHE is Ending: Do You Know Where Your Waivers Are?

While the pandemic is not over, the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE) is expected to expire soon, which means that a number of operational, safety, and billing standards that were waived at the beginning...

Blog

Maine PUC to Kick Off Review of Grid Plan to Assist Clean Energy Transition

Last month, the Maine Public Utilities Commission initiated a proceeding to identify the priorities to be addressed in an electric grid plan that will assist Maine in the “cost-effective transition to a clean, affordable...

Matter

Advised Fortune 500 Company on Group Health and Welfare Benefit Plans

We were engaged by a Fortune 500 manufacturing company to provide legal and compliance services regarding its group health and welfare benefit plans. During the course of our representation, we have advised the company...

Event

Annual Update: Part 1 - 2022 Legal Year in Review (2nd Session)

News

Verrill Welcomes Associates Brody Haverly-Johndro, Maye Emlein, Victoria Larson, Chris Petronio, Abby Plummer, and Alexander Read

Event

Annual Update: Part 1 - 2022 Legal Year in Review (1st Session)

Matter

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...

News

Seven Verrill Attorneys named to Boston Magazine’s Top Lawyers of 2022 List

(December 8, 2022) Verrill attorneys Ruth A. Mattson , Michael L. Fay , David M. Friedman , Regina M. Hurley , Kyle T. MacDonald , Kristin S. Doeberl and Brian M. Hurley were recently...

Blog

401(k) Plan Matching Contributions: To True Up or Not True Up?

As a matter of plan design, for purposes of matching contributions some 401(k) plans provide that a participant’s compensation for the entire plan year is taken into account (regardless of whether the participant makes...

Publication/Podcast

Maine PUC Clarifies Ability of Level 2 Projects to “Leapfrog” Level 4 Projects in Interconnection Queue

After months of uncertainty over the issue of whether Level 2 renewable energy projects can “leapfrog” Level 4 projects in the queue, the Maine PUC clarified one of the ambiguities. Specifically, in response to...

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