Biography

John focuses his practice on compliance, government enforcement and internal investigations, as well as 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, as well as defending and counseling health care providers facing False Claims Act investigations, qui tam whistleblower lawsuits, and anti-trust matters. He recently obtained the dismissal with prejudice of all federal False Claims Act and whistleblower retaliation claims against a health care provider client, after successfully defending the accompanying government investigation.

John is a member of the firm's Criminal Defense, White Collar & Government Enforcement Group. John has tried numerous federal and state criminal cases involving bid rigging, fraud, antitrust, political corruption, tax, and national security issues. John’s experience extends to grand jury investigations. John has developed 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.

John has conducted and defended merger and civil non-merger antitrust investigations, represented parties involved in civil antitrust litigation, and represented both acquired and acquiring entities in making HSR filings, primarily in the health care industry. He has also counseled clients in dealing with state antitrust authorities and making required filings when necessary.

Prior to joining the firm, John spent almost 20 years with the United States Department of Justice. John investigated mergers and acquisitions in a variety of industries and prosecuted complex, multi-defendant antitrust and fraud crimes in the health care, financial services, and other industries while working for the Antitrust Division. While working for the Criminal and National Security Divisions, he managed and conducted terrorism and national security investigations and prosecutions. John worked closely with a variety of federal and state law enforcement, investigatory, and regulatory authorities, as well as foreign counterparts, and now uses that experience in representing clients subject to investigation.

After his clerkship, John practiced as a litigation associate at Ropes & Gray before joining the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office, where he prosecuted political corruption, economic and tax 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

Publication/Podcast

Using Legal Project Management in Merger and Acquisition and Joint Venture Transactions, Third Edition

Dennis J. White co-edited the 2021 American Bar Association publication entitled Using Legal Project Management in Merger and Acquisition and Joint Venture Transactions: A Guidebook for Managing Deals More Efficiently and Effectively, Third Edition...

Blog

HR Power Hour with Scot Mattox - What's Covered? Identifying Impairment in the Workplace

News

65 Verrill Attorneys Recognized by Best Lawyers® 2022, Including Eight Named Lawyers of the Year

(August 31, 2021) – 65 Verrill attorneys were recognized as "Best Lawyers" by Best Lawyers® 2022 , including 8 attorneys named “Lawyer of the Year,” a distinguished recognition for only a single lawyer in...

Matter

Copyright Litigation: Software

Defended equipment manufacturer in copyright dispute involving firmware for digital subscriber line access multiplexers (“DSLAMs”). Case resolved favorably.

News

New COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate Impacts Many Maine Employers and Workers

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...

Publication/Podcast

Workers' Compensation and Employers' Liability Committee

In the spring of 2021, employment and labor attorney Beth Smith published an article in the American Bar Association's The Brief publication. Entitled "Workers' Compensation and Employers' Liability Committee," Beth discusses how this committee...

Blog

Revenue Procedure 2021-30: A New and (Further) Improved EPCRS

The Internal Revenue Service has updated the Employee Plans Compliance Resolution System (EPCRS) in several respects that will be helpful to retirement plan sponsors. Revenue Procedure 2021-30 , published July 16, 2021, replaces the...

Publication/Podcast

Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation 2021 Summer Client Advisory

Click here to view as a PDF. This Client Advisory summarizes developments in the law governing employee benefit plans prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic. We explain what these developments mean for plan sponsors and...

Blog

Self-Insured Group Health Plan Sponsors: Action Steps to Mitigate Risk Under the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act

The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (“MHPAEA”) provisions of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (“CAA”) introduced a requirement that group health plans and insurance providers offering both medical and surgical benefits (“M/S...

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