John has an active litigation practice centered on creditors' rights, commercial disputes, landlord-tenant, intellectual property and bankruptcy matters. John has substantial expertise in turning a judgment into real money, and has brought numerous fraudulent transfer actions. He also has significant experience in hydroelectric facility permitting and water rights litigation, along with expertise in the interplay between environmental and bankruptcy law. He also provides preemptive advice to businesses seeking to avoid or minimize litigation.

John taught American literature at the University of Virginia for 10 years, prior to launching his legal career with Preti Flaherty in 1987. He resides in Portland, Maine.

Practice Areas


  • University of Virginia School of Law (J.D., 1987)
  • University of Virginia (B.A., 1969)


  • Maine
  • U.S. District Court, District of Maine
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit

Professional Affiliations

  • Cumberland County Bar Association
  • Maine State Bar Association
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • National Business Institute, Inc.
    • Member of seminar faculty, speaking annually on foreclosures and security interests

Honors & Awards

  • Recognized in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business
  • Recognized by Best Lawyers in America for his work in Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law

Civic Involvement

  • Volunteer Lawyers Project
  • Volunteer Judge in the National Duberstein Bankruptcy Moot Court Competition
  • Board Member, Coastal Conservation Association, Casco Bay Chapter
  • Port Veritas, Board Member


  • French
  • Spanish
  • German