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John’s practice is focused in civil litigation (trial and appellate) with an emphasis on construction matters. He also represents clients in matters involving commercial, real estate, professional liability, and insurance coverage disputes, as well as surety and fidelity bonds.

Experience

Reported Cases

  • Mike Glynn & Company v. Hy-Brasil Restaurants, Inc., 75 Mass. App. Ct. 322 (2009)
  • N.B. Kenney Company, Inc. v. National Union Fire Insurance Company of Pittsburgh, PA, 70 Mass. App. Ct. 740 (2007)
  • C&I Steel, LLC v. Travelers Casualty and Surety Company of America, 70 Mass. App. Ct. 653 (2007) (amicus brief)
  • United States ex rel. Metric Electric v. EnviroServe, Inc. and National Union Fire Insurance Company of Pittsburgh, PA, 361 F.Supp.2d 56 (D. Mass. 2003)
  • NASCO, Inc. v. Public Storage, Inc., 29 F.3d 28 (1st Cir. 1994)
  • Bolen v. Paragon Plastics, Inc., 747 Supp. 103 (D. Mass. 1990)
  • Paterson-Leitch Company, Inc. v. Massachusetts Municipal Wholesale Electric Company, 840 F.2d 985 (1st Cir. 1988)

Credentials

Work Experience

  • Hinckley Allen
    • Partner (2009-Present)
  • Peabody & Arnold LLP
    • Partner (1995-2008)
    • Associate (1992-1994)
  • Hutchins & Wheeler
    • Associate (1985-1992)
  • Morrison, Mahoney & Miller
    • Summer Associate (1984)
  • City of Boston Law Department
    • Legal Intern (1983-1984)

Honors & Awards

  • Best Lawyers of America® (2016-2020)
    • Lawyer of the Year (2020)
    • Recognized for Construction Law and Litigation-Construction
  • Martindale-Hubbell® AV Peer Review Rating, Recipient
  • Super Lawyers, Massachusetts (2004, 2016-2018)
  • Town of Needham, Richard P. Melick Foundation Award (2004)

Charitable & Civic Involvement

  • Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital - Needham
    • Board of Advisors (2007-2008)
    • Board of Trustees (2008-Present)
  • Needham Community Council, Board of Directors (2010-Present)
  • Needham Youth Hockey
    • Former Coach
    • Former Vice President
    • Former Board of Directors Member
  • Town of Needham
    • Town Meeting Member (1990-Present)
    • Finance Committee (2009-Present)
    • Permanent Public Building Committee (1996-2008)
    • Chairman (1998-2008)
  • Yale Alumni Fund, Class Agent

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
    • Forum on the Construction Industry
    • Litigation Section
    • Construction Litigation Committee
    • Tort and Insurance Practice Section
    • Fidelity & Surety Law Committee, Vice-Chair (2001-2007)
  • Boston Bar Association
    • Real Estate Section
    • Construction Law Committee, Co-Chair (2007-2009)
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Massachusetts Defense Lawyers Association

Bar Memberships

  • Massachusetts, 1985
  • United States Court of Appeals, First Circuit, 1987
  • United States District Court, District of Massachusetts, 1986

News & Insight

Publication

Massachusetts Federal Court: Damage Resulting from Faulty Workmanship May Be a Covered “Occurrence” under CGL Policy

January 21, 2014

In an important ruling for contractors and their insurers, the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts recently ruled that damage resulting from faulty workmanship was an insured “occurrence” under a Commercial General Liability …

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'No Damages For Delay' Clause Doesn't Bar Recovery, Rules Superior Court Judge

January 9, 2014
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Contractual Waiver of Right to Pursue Payment Bond Claim Held Unenforceable

September 13, 2012

In a recent decision, Costa v Brait Builders Corporation, et al., the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) reversed the decision of a trial court which had enforced a provision in a subcontract waiving the subcontractor’s right to collect against t…

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Items To Consider When a Subcontractor, Sub-Subcontractor and/or Supplier Files Against A Contractor's Payment Bond

August 7, 2009

It has happened to every contractor at some time or another when working on a public construction project in Massachusetts. Despite following all best practices in managing the work of, and the payments to, its subcontractors, subsubcontractors and/or supp…

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The Surety's Indemnity Agreement – Law & Practice, Second Edition

May 1, 2008
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"Identifying Key Issues in a Construction Dispute," Inside The Minds, Construction Law Litigation Strategies

January 1, 2007
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Firm News

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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38 Hinckley Allen Attorneys Recognized as 2018 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

October 18, 2018

The Super Lawyers has selected 38 Hinckley Allen attorneys as Super Lawyers and Rising Stars. Each year, no more than five percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor.Super Lawyers, a Thomson…

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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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Hinckley Allen Attorneys Recognized as 2017 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

October 18, 2017

The Super Lawyers has selected 39 Hinckley Allen attorneys as Super Lawyers and Rising Stars. Each year, no more than five percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor.Super Lawyers, a Thomson…

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52 Hinckley Allen Attorneys Recognized by Best Lawyers of America

August 18, 2017

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Events

Past Event

Playing it By the Book: Avoiding False Claims and Other Risks of Contracting with the Government

October 11, 2016

Hinckley Allen's Jonathan T. Elder and John P. Connelly, Hinckley Allen LLP are presenting at CFMA of Massachusett's monthly breakfast meeting on "Playing it By the Book: Avoiding False Claims and Other Risks of Contracting with the Government." This topic…