Biography

John is a Director licensed in Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts.  As chair of the firm's Corporate and M&A Practice Group, 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

Press Coverage

Court Orders State Police to Reveal More Details About Misconduct by Troopers

Previously concealed records of trooper misconduct by the Maine State Police must be provided in response to public records requests by the press, according to a ruling by Judge William R. Anderson of Penobscot Superior...

Press Coverage

Maine State Police Announces Restructuring After 3 Weeks of Declining to Share Details

On June 10, the Maine State Police announced plans to reorganize troop deployment and delegation of manpower in line with revised law enforcement priorities. The announcement follows several weeks of secretive posturing and a lack...

Publication

How Does the Collapse of Roe v. Wade Impact Employer Health Plans?

On June 24, 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned its prior decisions in  Roe v. Wade  and  Planned Parenthood v. Casey , which held that the U.S. Constitution prohibits states from banning abortion or...

Publication

Primary Round-Up

Primary Round-Up As you are probably aware, primary elections in Maine took place on Tuesday, June 14, and there were a handful that could be significant to the general election outcome in November. Congressional...

News

Racial Justice Fund Seeks Applications for Second Round of Grants

The Maine Justice Foundation is pleased to announce the second round of grants from the Racial Justice Fund. The Foundation will accept applications for grants of up to $10,000 from June 1-15, 2022. The...

Press Coverage

Five Major Norwegian Salmon Companies Agree to $85 Million Settlement in Antitrust Case

Preti Flaherty announced today that a Miami federal Court has granted preliminary approval to an $85 million settlement agreement in an antitrust case involving alleged price fixing of farmed salmon sold in the United...

Publication

What Are My Options If My H-1B Registration Was Not Selected?

The H-1B nonimmigrant visa category allows employers to sponsor foreign nationals performing work in a “specialty occupation.” This typically requires an offer of employment in a job requiring at least a U.S. bachelor’s degree...

Publication

Changes Affecting Employment Authorization for L-2, E, and H-4 Dependent Spouses

On November 12, 2021, USCIS announced that L-2 and E dependent spouses are no longer required to apply for an EAD to work in the United States. Instead, L-2 and E dependent spouses are...

News

Sixteen Preti Flaherty Attorneys Selected as Chambers USA Leaders in Their Field

Sixteen Preti Flaherty attorneys and six practice groups have been selected for inclusion in the 2022 Chambers USA Guide to America's Leading Lawyers for Business , the highly regarded directory of leading attorneys and...

News

Preti Flaherty Files Human Trafficking and Forced Labor Lawsuit Against Church of Scientology

Preti Flaherty attorneys Greg Hansel, Shana Solomon, and Ellie Quinby filed a human trafficking and forced labor lawsuit against the Church of Scientology on behalf of three plaintiffs claiming decades of forced labor, intimidation, coercion...