John H. Perten

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Perten Named to Board of Directors of the Builders Association of Greater Boston

John Perten Honored with Babson College Deans’ Award

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Client Alert - Regardless of What Your Client Says, As a Builder, You Are Ultimately Responsible for Code Compliance

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Client Alert - The New Massachusetts Retainage Statute: Time to Review Your Standard Contract

John H. Perten

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Phone: 617.897.5641
Fax: 617.439.9363
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Practice Focus

John has a complex business and litigation practice. He provides practical advice to clients in a wide variety of transactional and litigation settings that arise out of the day-to-day conduct of any business. He works tirelessly to close deals, minimize risk and avoid litigation through effective contract negotiation and selection of appropriate business structures. If litigation or arbitration is unavoidable, he skillfully navigates the legal process and has multiple victories to his credit.

A significant portion of John’s practice is devoted to entrepreneurial clients for whom he acts as an outside general counsel and business advisor in such diverse areas as formation of new business entities and divisions, developing employee policies and procedures, negotiating contracts and prosecuting or defending claims in litigation, arbitration or other forums. John’s overarching goal is to assist clients in avoiding claims and providing practical advice on how to do so. While John’s experience spans multiple industries, he has extensive background representing members of the construction industry for whom he has negotiated contracts, prosecuted and defended payment disputes, change order claims and lien claims. John’s construction expertise encompasses both the private and public sector.

John is an adjunct faculty member at Babson College in Wellesley, MA, where he teaches business law to MBA candidates. He has also taught business law on the undergraduate level. John chairs monthly programs on legal issues in partnership with Babson College. He also manages the popular LinkedIn group “Legal Updates for Business Movers & Shakers.” He has served as Town Counsel for the Town of Maynard, MA and as Special Town Counsel for the Town of Wayland, MA.

Sample Matters
  • Successfully prosecuted a wrongful termination claim for a doctor who was discharged from his position at a hospital after being accused of sexual misconduct. After a multi-day trial, the jury found for the doctor and awarded damages amounting to several hundred thousand dollars for back pay and emotional distress.
  • Negotiated a $10 million contract for the construction of a new hotel and a $15 million dollar contract for brownstone renovation in downtown Boston.
  • Following a multi-day trial, prevailed in an action to set aside a deathbed conveyance of a family farm, thereby allowing the family to continue farming the land.
  • Successfully defended claims for environmental malpractice against a national environmental remediation and consulting firm.


B.A., Cornell University
J.D., cum laude, Suffolk University Law School

Memberships and Admissions

John is admitted to practice before all federal and state courts of Massachusetts and New Hampshire. He is also admitted to practice before the United States Court of Appeals for the First and Third Circuits. He is a member of the Massachusetts, Boston, and New Hampshire Bar Associations.

Community Involvement

John is a member of the Board of Directors for the Builders and Remodelers Association of Greater Boston and holds a CDT certification from the Construction Specifications Institute. He is active in his local congregation and served on its board of directors. He served as chairman of the Zoning Board of Appeals for the Town of Wayland, MA.

Practice Areas
Construction Law
Business Litigation
Alternative Dispute Resolution
Zoning, Planning and Land Use
Corporate Law and Governance
Real Estate and Finance
Bankruptcy and Insolvency

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