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For the past two decades, John’s legal practice has focused primarily upon family law representing clients in divorce actions at the trial and appellate level in both New Hampshire and Vermont. John has significant experience and expertise in this highly sensitive and complex area of the law having established a professional reputation for strategic thinking, thoroughness and being an effective and tenacious advocate for his clients. Adept at negotiating resolutions as well as aggressively pursuing litigated outcomes, John handles divorce matters involving marital estates with simple to complex assets and cases involving high conflict parenting disputes. John also represents clients in pre-marital and post-divorce matters.
John is committed to providing cost-effective and practical solutions for clients. His ability to analyze and break down complex cases to their foundational components, coupled with his skills as a seasoned negotiator, assure a continued focus on what is at stake, and on finding the most effective and economical resolution for clients, whether that be through settlement, mediation, or trial. John's substantial litigation and trial experience give him the skills, strategy and comfort required to be an effective advocate in the courtroom. Outside the courtroom, John has experience and professional training as a mediator in family law cases. John is a former contract mediator with the New Hampshire Judicial Branch for domestic cases subject to mandatory mediation. In addition, he frequently acts as a consulting attorney to clients involved in the mediation process.
John has and continues to represent clients on occasion in civil matters both at the trial court level and before the New Hampshire Supreme Court. In a recent case, John represented a plaintiff that recovered a judgment against the nation’s largest home improvement specialty retailer.
John has been on the adjunct faculty of Franklin Pierce University since 1997, teaching in the business and undergraduate programs. John has a strong commitment to community service having been a member of Chesterfield School Board, President of the Board of Trustees of Cedar Crest, Former President of the Lebanon-Riverside Rotary Club, and Vice President of the Hanover Baseball Association. John also coached youth baseball for many years.
In the Matter of CC and JD, Docket #220-1999-DM
Lead counsel in a 14 day trial in brought forward matter seeking to vacate a 2000 divorce decree alleging that Respondent had fraudulently transferred $50,000,000.00 in marital assets shortly before petition for divorce was filed. Petitioner also alleged that the divorce decree should be vacated because she was subject to undue influence and abuse during the marriage and while negotiating the divorce agreement. Petitioner also alleged that Respondent had made fraudulent disclosures at the time of the divorce. In an Order dated July 30, 2015, the Court denied Petitioner’s request to vacate the 2000 divorce decree. New Hampshire Supreme Court declined appeal.
In the Matter of Lyon and Lyon, 166 N.H. 315 (2014)
Represented Petitioner in a petition to extend alimony. After obtaining summary judgment in the trial court, New Hampshire Supreme Court remanded case to the trial court after articulating a standard for extensions of alimony versus “modifications” of alimony.
Tanguay v. Biathrow, 156 N.H. 313 (2007)
Represented landowner in a quiet title action involving land rights originating from an 1846 deed to a railroad company.
In the Matter of Farewell and Tallman, N.H. Sup. Ct. No 2005-0242 (decided by order)
Obtained a reversal of a trial court order in a stalking case.