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

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Annual Update Part 6: Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion - Top Legal Challenges and Best Practices for Your Company

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Elections and Constitutional Law: Successfully Challenged Certification of Initiative Petition

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Verrill Elects Longtime Partner Scott Anderson as New Managing Partner

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New DOJ Task Force Announced Will Impact Health Care Providers & Prescribers in Northern New England

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Four Verrill Attorneys Recognized by Chambers & Partners for Energy and Environmental Law in Maine

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