The Law Office of John P Dennis, LLC was set up in 1980, and we have been helping people with our legal services for almost 40 years now. We believe in making excellent legal advice available to everyone at affordable prices.

John P Dennis

About John P Dennis

John P Dennis is an experienced trial lawyer with an extensive background in complex and challenging litigation. John has won major victories at the trial and appellate level in state and federal courts for his clients.

Social Commitment

John is involved in volunteer activities in his communities and has a remarkable level of commitment to them. He was Chairperson of the Town of Needham Personnel Board from 2004, until 2014 when he moved to Sharon MA. John has worked to mentor at risk children living in foster care.

John and his partner Susan Tovsky live in Sharon, MA and enjoy spending time with their two daughters, two sons, and their newly adopted rescue dog, Roger.

John P Dennis

Pro Bono Work

Additionally, John is committed to pro bono work and he has handled several cases on behalf of the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights under Law of the Boston Bar Association. John has also been very active in supporting his alma mater.


John Dennis has served as a chair and a member of various counsels and clubs.

  • Co-Chair of BU Law class 25th and 30th reunions.

  • Planning Chair for Bowdoin College class 25th, 30th, and 35th reunions.

  • Volunteer of the Year 2010 by the Bowdoin Alumni Club.

  • Member of the Bowdoin Alumni Council from 2005 to 2009.

  • President of the Bowdoin Club of Boston 2003 to 2004.

John also completed the BAA Boston Marathon in 2004, 2005 and 2006.

We represent both individuals and businesses in the court of law.

Get expert advice on compliance issues before problems get out of hand.

He has represented individuals and businesses in:

  • Merger and acquisition disputes,

  • Purchase price adjustment and earn out disputes,

  • Commercial real estate and development disputes,

  • ERISA claims,

  • Fraud and deceptive business practices claims,

  • Minority shareholder and partnership disputes,

  • Environmental liabilities,

  • Employment disputes,

  • Creditors in business bankruptcies,

  • Non-profit board fiduciary duties and management issues.

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Awards and Recognition's

Awards and Recognition's

Massachusetts Super Lawyers
Avvo Rating 9.7

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Bar Admissions

Bar Admissions

Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (1981)
U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts (1981)
U.S. District Court, District of Rhode Island (1984)
U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit (1992)
Maine Supreme Court (1994)
New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division (2000)
U.S. District Court, District of Maine (2001)

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Education and Experience

Education and Experience

Bowdoin College, A.B. cum laude with Honors in Government, 1977
Boston University School of Law, JD, Editor-in-Chief, BU Law Review, 1980
Law Clerk, US District Court Judge W. Arthur Garrity, Jr., 1980 - 1981
Ropes & Gray, 1981 – 1988
Dechert, 1988 – 1994
Partner, Jager Smith, 1994 - 1998
Partner, Lynch, Brewer, Hoffman & Fink LLP, 1998 – 2018

Representative Cases and Clients

Genesys Research Institute, Inc. (“GRI”)

Represented GRI as general counsel to a world leading non-profit biomedical research center located on the campus of Steward St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Boston from its disaffiliation from Steward Healthcare in April 2013 through GRI’s eventual bankruptcy reorganization filing in July 2015 and thereafter. Successfully defended GRI from multiple claims and government investigations triggered by former researchers and from claims asserted by Steward Healthcare.

Winchester Gables, Inc.

Obtained a $1.8 million judgment on appeal on behalf of Winchester Gables in an action against Host Marriott to recover a purchase price adjustment due to be paid upon Marriott’s resale of a senior living facility in Winchester, MA.

BankBoston, Trustee, et al.

Obtained a $13.5 million recovery for plaintiffs by settlement mid-trial in an action against Dawson Holdings, Plc for the deferred purchase price owed for the sale of Faxon, Inc., the world’s largest subscription service company.

Mellon Bank.

Represented Mellon in recovering its $11.5 million secured claim against Head Injury Recovery Associates and Chapter 11 debtor, John Brennick, including obtaining relief from stay, foreclosures on facilities in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Delaware and collection and litigation of all accounts receivable.

Town of Hopkinton.

Represented the Town of Hopkinton as special counsel in the Weston Nurseries Chapter 11 bankruptcy with respect to the sale of 900 acres to developer Boulder Capital, in particular successfully preserving the Town’s right of first refusal under Mass. G. L. c. 61A.

Standard Register Company.

Represented Standard Register in a seven day trial against Bolton Emerson, Inc. obtaining $5.5 million judgment for damages for fraud and unfair and deceptive practices in connection with a contract to manufacture specialized business form machinery.

Connell Limited Partnership.

Represented Connell Limited Partnership as purchaser in the acquisition of the assets of Lane Punch Corporation in its Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceeding.