Education

Santa Clara University
J.D. | 2014

Alfred University
B.A. | 2005

Admissions

  • Maine | 2021
  • California | 2014
  • U.S. District Court, Districts of Northern, Eastern and Central California

ABOUT

John joined Perkins Thompson in 2022 and represents individuals and business with litigation needs.  He also assists property owners and organizations in resolving issues of zoning, land use, and local government action.  Prior to joining the Firm, John practiced law in California.  He served as a deputy city attorney for a mid-size city, where he counseled city leaders on procurement, leasing, public contracting, and open records statutes for staff working in public works, animal control, information technology and community development.  He also represented the city in court, prosecuting violations of municipal code, and working alongside the police department to obtain gun violence restraining orders.  Before working as a municipal attorney, John was an associate attorney for private firms litigating cases arising from real estate, employment and business disputes, as well as personal injury.

During law school, John served as a member of the school’s board of Honors Moot Court, which supported students competing in moot court competitions all over the county.  Off-campus, John worked for a justice on the California Court of Appeal, researching appeals and drafting opinions.  He also worked for the National Labor Relations Board regional office in San Francisco, investigating complaints of unfair labor practices against individuals, businesses and unions.  Prior to attending law school, John served on active duty as a Navy Officer for 6 years.  His service as a supply corps officer included sea duty onboard a guided missile destroyer and a shore-based deployment to the Horn of Africa.

When John is not practicing law, he spends his free time with his wife and three young sons.

Membership

  • Maine State Bar Association

Service / Achievements

From 2016 to 2020, John served on the board of directors of the National Liberty Ship Memorial in San Francisco, which operates the S.S. Jeremiah O’Brien, a liberty ship built in South Portland during World War II.