Biography

John focuses on regional, national, and international antitrust matters, including commercial and antitrust litigation. He regularly counsels clients navigating costly workers' compensation claims, insurance issues, or creditor’s rights disputes. As an experienced trial attorney, he understands that being court-ready means having the right information and resources to dismantle the opposition as quickly and thoroughly as possible. John enjoys the investigation, research, and preparation that help him win in court, and secure favorable pre-trial settlements for his clients.

John represents national insurance companies and group self-insurers before state courts, regulatory agencies, and mediators, and has argued before the Maine Law Court. In addition to his focus on workers’ compensation, his work includes defense of insurance claims, unemployment appeals, collections actions, defense of Federal Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act claims, and self-insurance matters.

Before joining the firm, John served as a law clerk within the Civil Litigation Department of a law firm in Boston, and as an intern with the Worcester County District Attorney's Office in Worcester, Massachusetts. While in law school, he served as Associate Editor and Executive Technical Editor of the New England Journal on Criminal and Civil Confinement.

John is a native of Barrington, Rhode Island, and now lives in Falmouth, Maine, with his wife, Bridget, and son.

Professional Activities

  • American Bar Association
  • Maine State Bar Association
  • Cumberland County Bar Association
  • Maine Real Estate and Development Association
    • Membership and Marketing Committee

Honors & Recognition

  • Recognized in 2017 and 2018 as a Rising Star in New England Super Lawyers in the area of Workers Compensation
  • Recognized by Best Lawyers in America as "One to Watch" in 2021 for Antitrust Law; Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law; and Workers' Compensation Law - Employers in the Portland, Maine, region

Civic and Charitable Activities

  • Maine Cancer Foundation, Leadership Roundtable

Firm Highlights

Publication

Maine Workers' Comp Alert: Updates from the WCB October Monthly Business Meeting

The Maine Workers’ Compensation Board met remotely on October 13, 2020, for its monthly business meeting. Following are some developments with respect to reappointments, the appointment of a Section 312 examiner, and claims related...

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Maine Workers' Comp Alert: WCB December Updates - Covid-19 Claim Statistics and Appeal Accepted by Law Court

The Maine Workers’ Compensation Board met for its regular business meeting on December 8. Among the items discussed were COVID-19 claim statistics and an appeal accepted by the Law Court dealing with a fascinating...

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Maine Workers' Comp Alert: Board Updates Fee Schedule

The Maine Workers’ Compensation Board has completed its annual update with respect to Appendix III (inpatient facility fees) for dates of discharge on or after October 1, 2020, in accordance with Title 39-A M.R.S.A...

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Maine Workers' Comp Alert: Appellate Division Affirms Burden of Proof in Death Presumption

WC Appellate Division Affirms Placement of Burden of Proof on Employer to Disprove Facts Presumed Under the Death Presumption A recent decision from the Appellate Division centers on the burden of proof in the...

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Maine Workers' Comp Alert: Appellate Division Affirms Notification Requirements for Occupational Disease Claims

WC Appellate Division Finds Timely Notice in Context of Occupational Disease Claim; No Independent Obligation to Notify Employer’s Insurer Where Not Required by Statute Timely notice is critical for a viable claim under the...

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Maine Workers' Comp Alert: WCB Announces Updates to Several Forms

The Maine Workers’ Compensation Board has revised several forms, which are now available here . The WCB-4 (Discontinuance/Modification) has been divided into two new forms, WCB-4D (Discontinuance) and WCB-4M (Modification). The Discontinuance, Modification, and...

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Maine Workers' Comp Alert: Update on Appellate Division Findings on Notice of Injury Requirements

Maine WC Appellate Division Affirms Decision Finding Untimely Notice of Injury; Reiterates Requirements for Timely Notice As background, the notice period is 90 days for dates of injury between January 1, 1993, and January...

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Maine Supreme Court Affirms Decision on WCB Rule 2 §5 Termination of Benefits Prior Notice Requirement

Notice Is Required Prior to Termination of Benefits for Durational Cap Under Former WCB Rule, Even When Discontinuance Is Sought by Petition Weekly compensation for partial incapacity benefits under the Workers’ Compensation Act are...

News

48 Preti Flaherty Attorneys Selected by Peers for Inclusion in Best Lawyers in America 2021, Including 4 “Lawyers of the Year”

Forty-eight Preti Flaherty attorneys have been named to Best Lawyers in America 2021, including four recognized on the inaugural “Ones to Watch” list for attorneys earlier in their careers and four “Lawyer of the...

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Maine Workers' Comp Alert: WCB Revises Fee Schedule

The Maine Workers' Compensation Board has completed the annual update of its Medical Fee Schedule. Appendix II (professional fees) and Appendix IV (outpatient facility fees) have been updated in accordance with Title 39-A M.R.S.A...