John is a partner with the firm. He enjoys a statewide practice principally advising municipal and private clients on issues of municipal law, land use, eminent domain, zoning and utility law, as well as litigation and appellate matters. He has extensive trial and appellate experience. John serves as legal counsel to the Towns of Chesterfield, Epping, Hinsdale, Mason, Milford, Newington, Newmarket, Pelham, Peterborough, Plymouth, Tilton and Webster. John advised the Town of Newington in conjunction with the Newington Energy, LLC, a combined cycle, gas-fired electric generating plant that has been reviewed and approved by the Site Evaluation Committee. He also advises a number of other municipalities on water utility and water rights issues. John was legal counsel to the Town of Hudson when it undertook the first successful municipalization of a utility pursuant to NH RSA Chapter 38 (Southern N.H. Water Company, at a purchase price of over $30 million).
John’s private sector work includes advising property developers and landowners on proceedings before municipal planning and zoning boards; current use taxation; and, environmental issues, including sand and gravel excavation, water rights and cell tower siting issues.
John was born in White Plains, New York. He received his law degree from Suffolk University in 1984, and received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the College of the Holy Cross in 1979. Prior to joining Donahue, Tucker & Ciandella, John’s practice experience included: law clerk to the Chief Justice of the Rhode Island Supreme Court; staff attorney with the Rhode Island Supreme Court; Police prosecutor for Salem, New Hampshire; and in-house legal counsel to the Town of Hudson, New Hampshire. John has served as Chairman of the New Hampshire Bar Association Section on Municipal and Government Law, and is a regular speaker at legal and continuing education seminars to members of the New Hampshire Bar, government officials and to land owners and developers. John is admitted to practice in New Hampshire.