Biography

John is a Director licensed in Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts.  His practice involves mergers & acquisitions, corporate law, commercial finance, and business reorganizations representing both creditors and debtors. John served as Preti Flaherty’s Managing Partner from 2013 to 2019.

He has received the New Hampshire Bar Association President's Award for outstanding service to the poor. John was certified by The American Board of Certification (ABC) in Business Bankruptcy in 2004. He served two terms on the Concord City Council, served on the City's Personnel Appeals Board and is presently Chair of the City of Concord Ethics Board. The First Circuit Judicial Conference appointed John to the Bankruptcy Merit Selection Panel for New Hampshire, charged with reviewing and interviewing applicants for the bankruptcy court. He also previously served on the Board of the New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority.  John is a past President of the Concord Country Club and presently sits on the Club’s Board.  In 2019, He was elected to the Law Council at his alma mater Washington and Lee University Law School.

John graduated from St. Paul's School in Concord in 1974, Bowdoin College in 1978 cum laude, and from W & L Law in 1981, where he was a member of the Law Review.

Professional Activities

  • American Board of Certification (ABC), Business Bankruptcy
  • Bankruptcy Merit Selection Panel for New Hampshire
  • Washington and Lee University Law School, Law Council member

Honors & Recognition

  • Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent™ Peer Review Rating
  • Recognized by Chambers, USA
  • Recognized by Best Lawyers in America
  • New Hampshire Bar Association President's Award

Civic and Charitable Activities

  • City of Concord Ethics Board, chair
  • Concord Country Club, board member, past president
  • Concord City Council, past member
  • Concord Personnel Appeals Board, past member
  • New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority, past board member

Firm Highlights

News

Racial Justice Fund Seeks Applications for Inaugural Round of Grants

The Maine Justice Foundation is pleased to announce the inaugural grant cycle for its Racial Justice Fund. The Foundation will accept applications for grants of up to $10,000 until the deadline on Wednesday, March...

Event

Understanding and Navigating the She-cession

New employment data shows that women are 1.8 times more likely to have left or lost their job due to COVID-19. Between remote schooling, daycare closures, and lost support systems, women have been forced...

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From Concord: A Legislative Update for HR Professionals

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, all legislative activities in the state of New Hampshire, with a couple of exceptions, will be handled remotely. Several employment-related bills will be considered and voted on during this...

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From Augusta: A Legislative Update for HR Professionals

On March 13, 2020, Maine Senate President Troy Jackson and Speaker of the House Sara Gideon issued a joint statement to the 129th Maine Legislature signifying their intention to suspend the remainder of the...

Press Coverage

Maine Newspapers Challenge Rule Concealing Electronic Court Records

A Maine court committee in December established a 90-day blackout period rule on public access to newly filed electronic court records, a move which has been challenged by Maine's newspapers as a violation of the First Amendment. Paper...

News

Preti Flaherty Partnership Announces Promotion of Moppin, Rideout, White to Partner

Preti Flaherty is pleased to announce that the firm’s partnership has named three new partners: Sara N. Moppin, Laura A. Rideout, and Emily T. White.  Each attorney stands out as a distinguished practitioner within...

Publication

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

The WCB met remotely on February 9, 2021, for its monthly business meeting. Following are some developments with respect to an appeal accepted by the Maine Supreme Court and claims related to Covid-19. COVID-Coded...

Publication

The Role of the Additional Insured

Insurance is an important and effective tool for reducing and allocating risks. However, insurance terms can be confusing which may lead to a misunderstanding of a policy's protections, particularly when dealing with "named insureds,"...

Press Coverage

Sabattus Family's Bat Woes Prompt Bill To Force Real Estate Pest Disclosure

Publication

Answering Employer COVID-19 Vaccination Questions

As COVID-19 vaccines become more readily available, employers are faced with big questions. Can we mandate vaccines for employees ? How do we manage a return to work ? Preti Flaherty's Peter Callaghan breaks...