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
  • 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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Legislative Alert: First Week of the Legislative Session Update

The 130 th Maine State Legislature convened on Wednesday, December 2 nd to be sworn-in, to elect the Speaker and the Senate President, and to elect Maine’s Constitutional Officers. Due to the COVID-19 epidemic...

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Legislative Alert: 2020 Election and State House Update

(Current as of 11/4/20 at 2:30 PM EST) Presidential Maine is one of two states in the country that splits its electoral votes. As in 2016, this turned Maine’s more rural 2nd Congressional District...

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Legislative Alert: Governor’s Economic Recovery Committee Update

The Governor’s Economic Recovery Committee met on Friday June 26 th to hear reports from the Chairs of all six subcommittees. In the reporting on Friday the biggest monetary ask was from the Infrastructure...

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Legislative Alert: Governor Janet Mills' Stage 4 Announcement

Governor Janet Mills announced Tuesday afternoon that Maine will enter Stage 4 of its four-stage Restarting Maine’s Economy Plan on October 13, 2020. Stage 4 will allow for increased indoor capacity during the winter...

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Legislative Alert: Governor Janet Mills Updates the Keep Maine Healthy Program

Last month, Governor Mills made a number of adjustments to the state’s Keep Maine Healthy Program, allowing for greater capacity for indoor dining, establishing opening dates for indoor service at bars and tasting rooms...

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Legislative Alert: House Democratic and Senate Republican Leadership Elections

Senate Republicans held their leadership votes on Tuesday, November 10 th . As expected, Senator Jeff Timberlake was elected as Republican Leader. Both Senator Matt Pouliot and Senator Trey Stewart ran to be the...

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Legislative Alert: Legislative Leadership Election Update

The Senate Democratic Caucus met on November 5 th and, as expected, re-elected their current leadership team. Thus Senate President Troy Jackson (D-Aroostook), Senate Majority Leader Nate Libby (D-Androscoggin), and Senate Majority Assistant Leader...

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Legislative Alert: Economic Recovery Grant Program Update

On Thursday, August 20, 2020, Governor Janet Mills announced the launch of the newly established Maine Economic Recovery Grant Program – a state-based approach to help support struggling Maine businesses and nonprofit organizations that...

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Legislative Alert: Maine Legislators receive their upcoming committee assignments

As was promised by Senate President Troy Jackson, the presiding officers of the Maine Senate and House announced committee assignments for the recently sworn in 130th Legislature this afternoon. This is roughly a week...

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Governor Janet Mills Releases Maine Supplemental and Biennial Budgets

Governor Mills released both the Supplemental and the Biennial Budgets today. The Revenue Forecasting Committee has estimated a $650 million revenue shortfall in 2021 – 2023 combined. In his presentation to the Appropriations Committee...