John P. Giffune

John P. Giffune: Attorney with Verrill Dana LLP
  • Partner at Verrill Dana LLP (132 Attorneys)
  • One Portland Square, P.O. Box 586, Portland, ME 04112-0586
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  • John P. Giffune is a trial attorney and counselor serving the legal needs of the construction industry. His clients, including contractors, subcontractors, design professionals, material suppliers, developers, as well as both public and private project owners, have come to rely on his efficient, common sense and results oriented approach to solving their legal problems.

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Biography

John P. Giffune is a trial attorney and counselor serving the legal needs of the construction industry. His clients, including contractors, subcontractors, design professionals, material suppliers, developers, as well as both public and private project owners, have come to rely on his efficient, common sense and results oriented approach to solving their legal problems.

Since his admission to the bar in 1997, John has litigated, arbitrated and mediated construction disputes in the state and federal courts of Maine, Massachusetts and beyond. John has defended and prosecuted a variety of construction disputes including force majeure, changed conditions, construction defect, collapse and delay claims. He also has extensive experience counseling public and private project owners, contractors and design professionals in the area of design and construction services procurement including bid protests, and drafting and negotiation of design and construction contracts.

Outside the construction area, John represents businesses and individuals in connection with a variety of complex commercial disputes including enforcement of security agreements, insurance coverage issues, Uniform Commercial Code matters and commercial foreclosures.

John was born in Millinocket, Maine. He holds a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering and is a patented inventor (Patent No. 5,248,244). John now lives in Cumberland, Maine, with his wife and two sons. When not in his office, he can be found enjoying the outdoors with his family.

Honors

AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
Listed in The Best Lawyers in America under Construction Law,
Litigation - Construction
Selected by peers for inclusion in New England Rising Stars under
Construction Litigation: Business, Professional Liability: Defense and
General Litigation

Public Service

Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland, Member of Board of Directors and Building Committee Chair

Highlights

AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell

Selected for inclusion in the 2017 issue of Super Lawyers & Rising Stars .

Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2018.

Events

September 7, 2017

How Will the New AIA Contract Documents Affect Your Next Project?
Speaking Engagements
John P. Giffune, A. Robert Ruesch

May 16, 2017

What's the Bid Deal? A Primer on Bidding and Bid Protests
Speaking Engagements
John P. Giffune, A. Robert Ruesch

April 14, 2017

Maine Construction Services Group Trust Annual Meeting - Do You Really Want to Sign That Contract?
Speaking Engagements
John P. Giffune, A. Robert Ruesch

May 11, 2016

Do You Really Want to Sign that Contract: Pitfalls in Construction Contracts and Subcontracts - Augusta, ME
Speaking Engagements
John P. Giffune, A. Robert Ruesch

June 6, 2014

A Practical Guide to AIA Contracts - Portsmouth, ME
Speaking Engagements
John P. Giffune, Keith E. Glidden, A. Robert Ruesch

November 16, 2011

Do You Really Want To Sign That Contract?; ARB Construction Forum - Portland, ME
Speaking Engagements
A. Robert Ruesch, John P. Giffune

October 21, 2010

Verrill Dana, LLP and Berry, Dunn, McNeil & Parker to Host Construction Seminar in BOSTON
Hosted Events

October 21, 2010

Verrill Dana, LLP and Berry, Dunn, McNeil & Parker to Host Construction Seminar in PORTLAND
Hosted Events

May 7, 2010

Verrill Dana and Berry, Dunn, McNeil & Parker to Host Construction Roundtable in BOSTON
Hosted Events

May 7, 2010

Verrill Dana and Berry, Dunn, McNeil & Parker to Host Construction Roundtable in PORTLAND
Hosted Events

Experience

Breach of Contract Claim: Cost-Plus Contract
Successful prosecution of general contractor’s breach of contract claim under cost-plus contract for construction of multi-million dollar residence involving hundreds of individual change order and construction defect issues.

Breach of Contract: Wrongful Termination
Successful prosecution of subcontractor’s breach of contract, wrongful termination and Maine Prompt Payment Act claims resulting in award of entire claim plus attorneys’ fees, enhanced interest and penalties.

Grace Restaurant
A dilapidated church in the heart of Portland required creative financing and painstaking renovations to rebuild it into one of Portland's most popular restaurants. Verrill Dana helped keep this project on track by providing counsel relating to historic tax credits, investor financing, and lease structuring.

Hannaford Bros. Co.
We successfully prosecuted construction defect and collapse claims against contractors and the project architect arising from failure of grocery store roof trusses.

HVAC Contractor: Air Quality, Mechanical Construction and Design Defects
We successfully defended an HVAC contractor on claims asserted by a local school district claiming air quality problems, and mechanical construction and design defects following construction of a new high school building.

KGI Properties, Inc.
We served as counsel to a real estate developer for drafting and negotiating design and construction contracts, and trouble-shooting potential disputes on big box retail developments.

Manufacturing and Construction Defects: Mold Contamination
We defended a modular home manufacturer in a case involving claims of significant personal injury and property damages arising from alleged manufacturing and construction defects and ensuing mold contamination.

Mold Contamination: Employee Claims of Sick Building Syndrome
We counseled a public university in connection with employee claims of sick building syndrome due to mold contamination.

Non-Payment of Broker's Fee
We successfully defended a defendant’s summary judgment motion in a dispute arising from the non-payment of a broker’s fee.

Penobscot River Restoration Trust: Project Management
The Penobscot River Restoration Project is one of the largest and most creative river restoration projects in our nation’s history. Verrill Dana has partnered with the Trust and its member organizations to coordinate the complex and multi-disciplinary project, which has spanned over six years.

Prompt Payment Act and Miller Act
We successfully prosecuted a breach of contract, Prompt Payment Act and Miller Act claims on behalf of a subcontractor arising from a federal project for the renovation of airplane hangar.

Uniform Commercial Code
We successfully defended an appeal to the Law Court in case of first impression involving amendments to Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code dealing with “control” in the context of creditor’s self-help disposition of “deposit accounts.”

Verrill Dana Helps Methadone Clinic Win Local Approval in Sanford, Maine
Verrill Dana has a long history of helping methadone clinics in Maine, having helped permit the very first clinic in the mid-1990’s. In early 2011, a Massachusetts based provider of opiate addiction treatment services approached Verrill Dana for assistance in opening an outpatient Methadone treatment clinic in Sanford, Maine. On October 2nd, 2012, after more than 18 months of work, Verrill Dana succeeded in helping the client win approval from the Sanford Town Council to open a clinic.

News

August 20, 2012

Verrill Dana’s Beach to Beacon Team Hits the Road to Raise Money
Press Releases
Eric D. Altholz, Charles P. Bacall, Robert C. Brooks, Roger A. Clement, Jr., John P. Giffune, Kenneth F. Ginder, Jennifer L. Harrell, Nathaniel R. Hull, Gretchen A. Johnson, Lisa A. LaMarche, A. Robert Ruesch, Timothy R. Shannon, Rachel M. Wertheimer

February 23, 2012

John Giffune Elected President of Cumberland Bar Association
Press Releases
John P. Giffune

January 18, 2007

Verrill Dana, LLP Names New Partners
Press Releases
Scott D. Anderson, John P. Giffune, Karen K. Hartford, Mary McQuillen

Publications

May 24, 2017

AIA Issues Updated Construction and Design Contracts
Alerts and Newsletters
A. Ruesch

September 3, 2015

Deflategate Hearing Highlights Dangers of Arbitration Agreements
Alerts and Newsletters
John Giffune and A. Ruesch

September 5, 2014

A Practical Guide to Discovery and Depositions in Maine
Published Works

July 16, 2013

Construction Project Dispute Avoidance: An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure
Alerts and Newsletters
John Giffune and A. Ruesch

July 16, 2013

New Hampshire Supreme Court Clarifies Contractor Entitlement to Unjust Enrichment Award
Alerts and Newsletters
John Giffune and A. Ruesch

February 15, 2013

“No Time Runs Against the King”: Connecticut Supreme Court Declares State’s Claims for Defective Design and Construction Are Not Barred by the Statute of Limitations
Alerts and Newsletters
A. Ruesch and John Giffune

February 15, 2013

Appeals Court Expands Liability of Condominium Developers
Alerts and Newsletters
A. Ruesch and John Giffune

May 17, 2010

Construction Group Alert: This Project Stinks - Construction Insurance Law Update on Business Risk Coverage Exclusions
Alerts and Newsletters

May 17, 2010

Construction Group Alert: Additional Insured Status on Construction Projects - A Primer On The Importance Of Primary Coverage
Alerts and Newsletters

April 13, 2010

Construction Group Alert: US EPA Regulations Applicable to Contractors Dealing With Lead Paint Go Into Effect On April 22, 2010
Alerts and Newsletters

May 29, 2009

Construction Law Group Alert: AIA Retires Key Contract Documents on May 31, 2009
Alerts and Newsletters

2003

Maine Construction Defect and Mold Litigation
Published Works

Areas of Practice (4)

  • Construction
  • Litigation & Trial
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Professional Liability

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
(207) 253-4646  Phone
(207) 253-4647  Fax
www.verrilldana.com/jgiffune
University Attended:
Syracuse University, B.S.M.E., 1994
Law School Attended:
University of Maine School of Law, J.D., 1997
Year of First admission:
1997
Admission:
1997, Maine and Massachusetts; 1999, U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts and U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit
Memberships:

Memberships

Member, Cumberland County Bar Association

ISLN:
912850311

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