Biography

John focuses his practice on compliance, government and internal investigations, and white collar criminal defense, with an emphasis on the health care and manufacturing industries and antitrust matters. John has extensive experience leading complex multi-defendant investigations, managing vast amounts of electronic data and confidential information, building cases, and trying those cases to verdict—or resolving them short of charge or trial where that is appropriate. John also represents medical professionals facing parallel criminal and licensing board matters.

Serving clients in both the firm's Portland and Boston offices, John is a partner in Verrill's Litigation & Trial and Health Care & Life Sciences groups, and chairs the firm's Criminal Defense, White Collar & Government Enforcement Group. John has tried numerous federal and state criminal cases involving bid rigging, fraud, political corruption, tax, and national security issues. He has also conducted and defended merger and civil non-merger antitrust investigations. John has investigated and tried cases in federal district courts across the United States and in various counties in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. He has also argued appeals before several United States Courts of Appeals.

Prior to joining the firm, John spent almost 20 years with the United States Department of Justice, where he worked in the Antitrust, Criminal, and National Security divisions. John investigated mergers and acquisitions in a variety of industries and prosecuted complex, multi-defendant bid-rigging and other white collar crime in the health care, financial services, and other industries for the Antitrust Division. He also managed and conducted terrorism and national security investigations and prosecutions for the Criminal and National Security divisions. As a prosecutor, John worked closely with a variety of federal and state law enforcement, investigatory, and regulatory authorities, as well as foreign counterparts.

After his clerkship, John practiced as an associate in the Litigation Department of Ropes & Gray from 1985 until 1991, where he represented health care, higher education, and high-tech clients in antitrust, medical malpractice, intellectual property, and other matters. John then joined the Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General, where he prosecuted political corruption, economic crimes, and other matters before joining the U.S. Department of Justice.

John regularly accepts appointments to provide criminal defense representation to indigent defendants as a Criminal Justice Act (CJA) panel member.

Services/Industries

Education

  • Yale Law School  (J.D.)
  • Yale University  (M.Phil.)
  • Amherst College  (B.A., summa cum laude)

Public Service

  • Regular Guest Lecturer, Antitrust 101 for Healthcare Lawyers for Boston University Law School course, "Health Care Transactions"
  • Regular Guest Lecturer, Antitrust 101 for Healthcare Lawyers for Maine Law and Public Policy course, "Health Care Law and Ethics"
  • Instructor, Adjunct Faculty, Seton Hall University Law School, "Issues in Counterterrorism" (spring 2008)
  • Board of Directors, Westfield Day Care Center, Inc. (2008-2014), President (2010-2014)
  • Board of Directors, Clara Barton Center for Children, Inc. (2003-2007), President (2005-2007)

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts
  • Maine

Memberships

  • American Bar Association (Criminal Justice and Antitrust Law Sections)
  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • Boston Bar Association (Criminal Law and Health Law Sections)
  • Maine Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Maine State Bar Association (Health Law Section)
  • Federal Bar Association

Honors

  • AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Received Katahdin Counsel Recognition for pro bono efforts (2016)
  • IRS Criminal Investigation Chief's Award, recognizing excellence in tax and financial investigation of corruption in the municipal bonds reinvestment market on the Munibonds team (2014)
  • Assistant Attorney General's Award for work on the Munibonds team including trial of United States v. Ghavami, et al. (S.D.N.Y.) (2013)
  • Attorney General's Award for Excellence in Furthering the Interests of U.S. National Security, for prosecution of United States v. Moussaoui (E.D. Va.) (2006)
  • Director of Central Intelligence's Medallion Seal for remarkable contributions to the CIA's mission in the global war on terrorism (2006)
  • Counterterrorism Section's Reynolds Award for outstanding contributions as an attorney (2004)

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Clerkships

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, Hon. Richard D. Cudahy

Court and Other Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maine
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico

Firm Highlights

Matter

Copyright Litigation: Software

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News

Verrill Welcomes Jeffrey A. Smagula, Experienced Health Care and Life Sciences Attorney, Former Health Plan Compliance Executive

(May 12, 2021) – Verrill is pleased to welcome Jeffrey A. Smagula to the firm’s Boston office as Counsel in its nationally recognized Health Care & Life Sciences Group. Jeff Smagula brings to Verrill...

Event

Global Virtual Legal Project Management Summit

Publication/Podcast

Policies to Guide Employee Conduct and Respond to Misconduct

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Blog

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Verrill Attorney Gordon Smith Comments on Lawsuit Claiming Ownership of Maine Coastal Property

News

Verrill Partner to Lead Firm’s Energy, Telecommunications, and Natural Resources Group

(May 14, 2021) – Verrill is pleased to announce that Jim Cohen has been appointed chair of the firm’s Energy, Telecommunications, and Natural Resources Group. Cohen, a former Mayor of Portland, is a long-time...

Publication/Podcast

Portland Maine Business Podcast with Tawny Alvarez

On this week's Portland Maine Business Podcast , a podcast with Shelby Turcotte of Shelby Trained, he interviews employment and labor attorney Tawny Alvarez who shares stories that contributed to shaping her as a...

Matter

Trademark Litigation: Software

Represented trademark owner in litigation with foreign software company. Successfully defeated motion to dismiss on jurisdictional grounds, which was affirmed on appeal. Also successfully defeated summary judgment motion, which resulted in case settling before...

Event

Understanding Your Fiduciary Responsibilities Under ERISA

Employers have long understood the importance of fiduciary compliance with respect to 401(k) plans and other retirement plans subject to ERISA, and most have sound processes and governance structures in place to ensure the...

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