John has twenty-five years experience in construction and commercial trial matters in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and other states. He has represented both private and public clients in jury and non-jury trials and in arbitration and mediation proceedings in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Ohio and other states. John has argued cases before the Rhode Island Supreme Court and the First and Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals. For several years, he has been recognized in numerous client guides as one of the region's leading construction and litigation practitioners. This recognition was confirmed by John's election to the American College of Construction Lawyers in 2006.
John has represented numerous public (including state and municipal) and private owners in the development and negotiation of construction contracts for large industrial and commercial projects.
As a mediator, John has successfully mediated over two-hundred cases in the last several years on a variety of subjects including contract interference, construction, partnership, franchise disputes and municipal tax assessments. As an arbitrator, John has presided over cases with claims as large as $100,000,000.
John's trial experience includes both jury and jury-waived matters relating to construction claims, declaratory actions, trade secret, insurance coverage disputes, CERCLA matters, contract indemnity claims, personal injury defense, franchise termination, partnership fraud and other matters. In the construction industry, John has arbitrated and tried cases involving design build issues, Eichleay and measured mile claims, specific performance, change order disputes, indemnity claims, disruption claims and surety takeover issues. The subject matters have included hydroelectric turbine operation and stability, metallurgy and FEA analyses, steel fabrication and design issues, pre-cast and post-tensioned concrete structures, caisson and other pile driving issues, most commercial building trades and site work and geotechnical issues. He combines his extensive trial experience with equally extensive experience as a neutral arbitrator and court-appointed referee and brings to bear these perspectives in effective evaluation and presentation of cases. John has negotiated construction contracts on behalf of contractors, owners and subcontractors on a nationwide basis and frequently counsels clients on effective risk and claim avoidance.