Biography

John is chair of the firm's Health Law Group and has played a significant role in the creation and organization of the practice of health law in the state of Maine for the past three decades. John provides a spectrum of legal services to diverse health-related clients in Maine and throughout the country. The providers he has counseled include regional and statewide hospitals and health systems, national, regional and statewide nursing facilities and long-term care organizations, physicians and physician groups, in addition to other providers and practitioners and their trade associations.

John also has handled many matters for regional and national health insurers, managed care providers, other payors and self-insured entities. He has argued health related matters before the Maine Supreme Court and the First Circuit Court of Appeals, including certificate of need, physician credentialing, Medicaid reimbursement, medical liability and board governance matters.

Previous Legal Experience

Prior to returning to Maine in 1979, he spent five years working in Washington, D.C., obtaining invaluable experience for his health law practice. During law school, he worked in the Office of the Legislative Counsel for the U.S. House of Representatives. Following graduation from Georgetown Law, he was as a legislative assistant to U.S. Senator William D. Hathaway. He worked on health-related issues before the Senate Finance Committee and Health Subcommittee of the Senate Labor and Human Resources Committee.

In 1977, he was appointed Chief Counsel and Staff Director to the United States Senate Subcommittee on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse. In that position, he oversaw federal programs with annual budgets of approximately $1 billion and coordinated the first Congressional hearing on fetal alcohol syndrome.

Professional Activities

  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Maine State Bar Association, founding chair of the Health Law Section, 1985-1994

Honors & Recognition

  • Selected as a New England Super Lawyer in the areas of Health and Administrative Law
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America for Health Law continuously since the section originated in 1992
    • 2013 "Lawyer of the Year" for Health Law in Portland, Maine
  • Rated AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale Hubbell

Civic and Charitable Activities

  • Board Member, New England Council, 2009-2015
  • Leadership Maine, Beta Class, Maine Development Foundation
  • Served on Board of Cheverus High School, Maine's Jesuit preparatory school, for seven years. Was Vice Chair of Board during planning, fundraising and construction of the Rev. John W. Keegan, S. J. Gymnasium
  • Served on Board of Maine Irish Heritage Center for five years. Secured $1.2 million insurance payment to fund reconstruction of Bell Tower at St. Dominic's Church, National Historic Landmark and home of the Center

Seminars and Publications

  • "Fraud and Abuse Update: Tricks and Treats and Medicare Part B – Appeal Procedures & Case Studies, Maine Medical Association, November 1, 2013.
  • "Advising Health Care Clients: Issues in Payment Reform," Maine Medical Association and Maine State Bar Association Health Law Section, August 7, 2013.
  • Hosted and coordinated day-long Seminar on multiple regulatory and compliance issues, Maine Health Care Association, March 13, 2013.
  • HIPAA Update with Pertinent Case Studies, (co-presented with Katrina Clearwater, Esq.), Maine Osteopathic Association 101st Annual Oceanside Convention, June 8-10, 2012.
  • "Maine's Certificate of Need Program: Navigating an Increasingly Complex Process," (co-presented with Stephanie Rice, CPA of Berry Dunn), Maine Health Care Association, October 15, 2010.
  • "Regulatory Approval Processes for Major Expenses, Bed Transfers, and Changes in Ownership by Long Term Care Providers: An Update," ( co-presented with Stephanie Rice, CPA of Berry Dunn), Maine Health Care Association, October 3, 2012.
  • "Affordable Care Act – Implementation in Maine – Elections Have Consequences," Northern New England Chapter of CUPA-HR (College and University Professional Association for Human Resources) Spring Meeting, Concord, NH, April 7, 2011.
  • New England Council – Hosted multiple Congressional Roundtable presentations in Portland by Senators Susan Collins and Angus King and Representatives Chellie Pingree and Michael Michaud.

Firm Highlights

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Portland Referenda and Legislative Leadership Update

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Primary Round-Up

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Maine Legislative Update: Second Session of the 130th Legislature

Unexpected losses Sadly, we learned of the passing of two legislators in the past few days. It was announced on Friday, January 28th, that longtime Democratic legislator and current House member, Representative John Tuttle...

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Legislative Alert: Convening of the 2nd Regular Session of the 130th Legislature

The Second Regular Session of the 130 th Legislature will convene next Wednesday, January 5 th at 10 a.m. This is intended to be an in-person session of both the House and Senate with...

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Legislative Alert: Legislative Racial Impact Statements Coming Soon

In the session that ended in June, the Legislature passed a bill to create a Subcommittee to Implement a Racial Impact Statement Process Pilot .  This is a subcommittee of the Legislative Council and...

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End of Session Update

The Second Regular Session of the 130th Maine State Legislature finally adjourned Sine Die, or “without day”, on Monday, May 9. Lawmakers voted on the 5 vetoes sent to them by Governor Mills, and...

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Fifteen Preti Flaherty Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in 2022 Super Lawyers

Fifteen Preti Flaherty attorneys have been selected for recognition by Super Lawyers , including seven Rising Stars. Super Lawyers rates outstanding lawyers throughout the United States in more than 70 practice areas. Only five...

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November 2022 Election Update

Maine State House Most of us who are obsessed with electoral politics expected a tight Gubernatorial race and, if not changes in control of the House or Senate, much closer margins between the majority...

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46 Preti Flaherty Attorneys Selected by Peers for Inclusion in Best Lawyers in America 2023, Including 6 “Lawyers of the Year”

Forty-six Preti Flaherty attorneys have been named to Best Lawyers in America 2023, including three “Ones to Watch” and six “Lawyer of the Year” recipients. Inclusion in Best Lawyers in America is considered a...