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John’s practice is focused in the area of litigation, including government relations, crisis management, gaming, public finance, white collar defense and government investigations.  A seasoned trial lawyer and former Special States Attorney, John represents clients in all State and Federal Courts and forums. He routinely represents corporate and individual clients in government and or institutional investigations. He has led fact finding inquiries for both government and private entities in response to allegations of misconduct by officers and or employees. He is the former Connecticut Democratic State Chairman and often advises individuals and business leaders on all aspects of governmental relations and crisis management.


Work Experience

  • Hinckley Allen
    • Partner (2013-Present)
  • Levy & Droney P.C.
    • Partner (1988-2012)
  • United States Army
    • Vietnam Veteran (1970)

Honors & Awards

  • Best Lawyers of America® (2016-2020) Recognized for Commercial Litigation
  • Connecticut Bar Foundation, James W. Cooper Fellow
  • Martindale-Hubbell® AV Peer Review Rating, Recipient

Charitable & Civic Involvement

  • Attorney General (Banking), Special Assistant
  • Bill Clinton Presidency Campaign
    • National Finance Co-Chair (1992)
    • Connecticut Co-Chair (1996)
  • Democratic National Committee, Member
  • Democratic State Central Committee of Connecticut, Chairman
  • Griffin Hospital, Derby, CT, Board Of Directors
  • Hartford Neighborhood Legal Services, Board of Directors
  • Judicial District of Hartford, Special State Attorney, Special Public Defender
  • Judicial District of Waterbury (Appellate), Special State's Attorney
  • Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, Board of Directors
  • State of Connecticut Public Health Council
  • United States Senator Christopher Dodd, Chairman of Democratic National Committee, Senior Advisor
  • University of Connecticut Health Center
    • Board Member
    • Secretary to Board of Directors
  • Voluntary Defender Program, Hartford County Bar
  • West Hartford Town Council, Member, Democratic Chairman

Professional Affiliations

  • American Arbitration Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Connecticut Bar Association
  • Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association
  • Federal Bar Council
  • Hartford Bar Association
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • The Association of Trial Lawyers of America

Bar Memberships

  • Connecticut, 1973
  • United States Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, 1974
  • United States District Court, District of Connecticut, 1974

Speaking Engagements

  • Lecturer, Trial Practice, Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association Seminars
  • Lecturer, Ethics & Public Servants, Connecticut Conference on Municipalities
  • Lecturer, Taft Seminar on Government, University of Hartford
  • Lecturer, University of Connecticut School of Law, Quinnipiac Law School

News & Insight


Sexual Misconduct Allegations: Prompt, Thorough and Coordinated Response and Prevention Strategies Are Critical

December 21, 2017

In today’s environment, following the almost daily allegations and revelations of sexual misconduct in media, government, academia, and the private sector, it is clear that no industry, and no company or organization, is immune from these incidents.  Th…


Bar Association Heads for Showdown Over Gun Control Support

August 21, 2014
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56 Hinckley Allen Attorneys Recognized by Best Lawyers in America 2020

August 15, 2019

Only one lawyer in each specialty in each region is honored as a “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers®. Since its first publication in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers compi…

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51 Hinckley Allen Attorneys Recognized by Best Lawyers in America 2019

August 15, 2018

Hinckley Allen is pleased to announce that Best Lawyers® has recognized 51 attorneys in the 2019 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®, including seven “Lawyers of the Year.” Only one lawyer in each specialty in each region is honored as a “La…

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52 Hinckley Allen Attorneys Recognized by Best Lawyers of America

August 18, 2017

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Hinckley, Allen & Snyder Expands Practice in Hartford with the Addition of Levy & Droney Attorneys

January 2, 2013

Hinckley, Allen & Snyder announced today that more than a dozen lawyers from Levy & Droney, P.C. have joined its Hartford office effective January 1, 2013.The former Levy & Droney attorneys bring to Hinckley Allen significant expertise and years of experie…

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