John Hanify has tried dozens of jury and non-jury commercial cases on behalf of business and financial institutions in Massachusetts state and federal courts. His cases have involved shareholder disputes and closely-held corporations, corporate dissolutions and deadlock, federal securities laws, ERISA, lender liability, real estate developments, fiduciary duty, and mergers and acquisitions. He has appeared before federal and state agencies representing clients in government investigations and commercial arbitrations. He has been recognized by Chambers USA as a leading business trial lawyer in Massachusetts.
John has also represented clients in dozens of successful mediations and facilitated other forms of Alternative Dispute Resolution and now serves as a mediator. He is also teaching Mediation and Dispute Resolution Principles as an adjunct Professor at Boston College Law School. He is the principal of Middlesex Mediation, LLC, an ADR services firm focused on the solution of business disputes. (www. middlesexmediation.com)
At the start of his career, John served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts, where he defended the constitutionality of various federal statutes and challenges to the Defense Department's phased array early warning systems. For these and other assignments, John received the Justice Department's Outstanding Performance Award.
John has been ranked by Chambers USA as among the top commercial trial lawyers in Boston and has been named in The Best Lawyers in America and Massachusetts Super Lawyers for many years.
He has written and lectured on topics involving business litigation and corporate risk management. He also has taught the National Institute of Trial Attorneys Negotiation and Mediation Skills Programs and served as a Fellow of the American, Boston, and Massachusetts Bar Foundations. He is a former member of the Council of the Boston Bar Association; member of the Dean's Advisory Council, Boston College Law School; and recipient of its Kenealy Award for Outstanding Alumni Service.
Trials of closely held corporation disputes, including shareholder claims;
Trials involving business and financial fraud and unfair and deceptive practices;
Multiple commercial arbitrations and mediations;
Advice regarding ADR strategy and other litigation options.
Chambers USA: #1 ranking, with clients saying (2016) "very capable lawyer"; (2015) "experienced and knowledgeable"; (2014) "impressive trial lawyer"; (2013) "great judgment"; (2010) "aggressive when necessary, and hugely capable"; (2009) "‘ferocious advocate who works quickly and efficiently,’ wins praise for his succinct style
Chambers USA: #1 ranking, with clients saying (2016) "very capable lawyer"; (2015) "experienced and knowledgeable"; (2014) "impressive trial lawyer"; (2013) "great judgment"; (2010) "aggressive when necessary, and hugely capable"; (2009) "‘ferocious advocate who works quickly and efficiently,’ wins praise for his succinct style and authoritative presence in court"
Best Lawyers in America (1999-2018)
Massachusetts Super Lawyers (2004-2017)
Boston College Law School ;
Massachusetts and U.S. Supreme Court
Assistant U.S. Attorney (1978-1980);
Special Assistant Attorney General, Commonwealth of Massachusetts (2002), where he litigated the constitutionality of financial powers reserved to the executive branch of the Commonwealth.