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Given his approach, John’s practice involves a wide variety of trial and administrative work, including complex corporate litigation, antitrust litigation, majority-minority shareholder disputes, probate and estate-related litigation, and employment benefits and discrimination litigation. John does considerable employment and labor counseling and is the author of the Maine Human Resources Manual written at the request of the Maine State Chamber of Commerce. John also spends substantial time on governmental relations advocacy before the Maine Bureau of Insurance, the Maine Legislature, and OSHA. Morrill v. Maine Turnpike Authority, 2009 ME 116, provides an example of a legislative solution crafted by John that withstood judicial scrutiny.
John was the lead defense lawyer in American Economy Insurance Company v. Maine Workers’ Compensation Residual Market Pool, a lawsuit that challenged the constitutionality of state legislation that established a 220 million deficit funding package for the Pool. For more than a decade, John has served as general counsel to the Pool, an unincorporated association of more than 160 insurance companies, and guided the Pool from deficits estimated to be in excess of 500 million to solvency. John has also successfully defended oil companies alleged by the State of Maine to have ruined town aquifers. In the employment arena he has handled employment discrimination claims from the agency level through the First Circuit, ERISA defense work for a paper company, a national bank and a life insurance company. More recently John has been involved in many probate disputes and is believed to be the only Maine lawyer to have successfully obtained jury verdicts for two plaintiffs in will contests involving substantial estates. See Theriault v. Burnham, 2010 ME 82. In 2011, John completed his representation of a coalition of Maine employers and trade groups that through a successful lawsuit and enactment of legislation that he drafted and negotiated, compelled the Maine Workers’ Compensation Board to promulgate a medical fee schedule that will yield substantial savings for Maine employers.
Honors and distinctions
AV rated by Martindale Hubbell
Selected for SuperLawyers New England
Vice Chair and Chair,
Cumberland Town Council
President of the sailing class
Club 420 Association
Vice President of the United
States Optimist Dinghy Association
Maine State Bar Association
Maine Trial Lawyers Association
Defense Research Institute
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