John E. Shaffer

Published on: May 27, 2013

Areas of focus:  Construction Law, Contracts and Environmental Law

John is a partner in the firm’s Condominium Practice Group, focusing on construction law, contracts and environmental law. John negotiates and drafts construction contracts, wireless and cable leases and numerous other commercial agreements, advises clients on contract administration and dispute avoidance, and assists in the litigation of construction defect and related real estate claims. John also advises clients on a range of environmental matters involving wastewater treatment plants, septic systems, wetlands and Chapter 21 E (the state’s Superfund law), among others. A Massachusetts registered professional engineer as well as an attorney, John worked as a civil engineer before entering law school, designing and developing various commercial and residential real estate projects.


  • University of Massachusetts-Amherst (1982)
  • New England School of Law, magna cum laude (1994)


  • Massachusetts Bar Association


  • Massachusetts
  • Connecticut
  • U.S. District Court (Massachusetts and Connecticut)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals (Second Circuit)
  • U.S. Supreme Court


  • Lead Articles Editor, New England (School of Law) Law Review


  • “Just Say No…Driving:  Rushworth v. Registrar of Motor Vehicles and the Massachusetts License Suspension Law” (New England Law Review, Spring, 1994).
  • Quoted in “Asked and Answered” (CondoMedia, June, 2009).
  • Quoted in “There’s Money for Community Associations — Up on the Roof” (CondoMedia, June, 2007).
  • New Mechanics Lien Retainage Law Passes to Benefit Contractors on Construction Projects – January, 2015
  • Certificates of Insurance Don’t Deliver the Protection They Promise for Associations and Managers – April, 2016

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