John P. Pucci
John Pucci is one of Massachusetts’ top trial lawyers. He represents individuals and companies in complex civil and criminal litigation of all kinds in both state and federal court, as well as in responding to government investigations and in conducting corporate internal investigations. He has particular experience in the areas of white collar criminal defense and state and federal regulatory agency matters.
Since 2002, John has been a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers, which limits its membership to the top 1% of trial lawyers in each state. He has also been a Fellow in the International Academy of Trial Lawyers since 2011.
- District of Massachusetts
- District of Connecticut
- Eastern District of Pennsylvania
- District of Vermont
- First Circuit Court of Appeals
- Third Circuit Court of Appeals
- U.S. Supreme Court
- University of Vermont, B.A., cum laude, 1975 | Phi Beta Kappa
- Boston College Law School, J.D., cum laude, 1980
Since entering private practice in 1994, John has engaged in a broad array of civil and criminal litigation, including representation of:
- A Fortune 500 pharmaceutical company in a grand jury investigation concerning alleged illegal payments to prescribing doctors
- A defendant in a multi-million dollar construction case in state court in which my client was granted summary judgment
- The Special Litigation Committee of a public company in multiple internal investigations
- A hospital in a significant HHS False Claims Act Investigation which was favorably resolved
- The victim of a sexual assault at a local College
- A Fortune 100 company in several class actions in Federal Court
- A plaintiff who suffered serious injuries in a premises liability case which was settled favorably in the midst of complex out-of-state insurance coverage litigation
- A municipality under Federal criminal investigation for violations of the Clean Water Act
- A series of defendants in a series of significant tax evasion matters that have been prosecuted in Federal Court
- A defendant in a dispute over a commercial lease which was tried to verdict in the Massachusetts Superior Court after two weeks of trial
- A plaintiff in an accounting malpractice case which, after a lengthy discovery process, was settled favorably
- A defendant in a Federal Court civil case involving a claim for over $1,000,000 in damages relating to a defective plastic extrusion machine
- A number of individuals and corporations who have been designated as “Targets” in different federal criminal investigations in Massachusetts, Wisconsin, Connecticut, Florida and Pennsylvania involving allegations of white collar crime
- A plaintiff in a state court sexual harassment case that settled after extensive discovery practice for $400,000
- Both plaintiffs and defendants in a series of shareholder dispute cases in federal and state courts
- A plaintiff in a Wage Act case that settled for more than $400,000
- An Estate in a state court action involving allegations of undue influence that was resolved favorably on summary judgment and then upheld on appeal
- A multinational telecommunications company in a multi-million dollar fraud and breach of contract case filed in federal court
- A defendant in a two-day labor arbitration with the AAA concerning a claim of sexual harassment against his client on which he prevailed
- A plaintiff in a Federal Court sexual harassment case which settled after extensive discovery
- The executor of an estate accused of fraud in a case which was ultimately dismissed against our client
- A company litigating in state court that one of its former founders breached his noncompetition agreement
- A defendant in a two-week federal criminal trial who was charged with violating federal wildlife protection laws
- A substantial number of defendants charged with a variety of criminal offenses in the Massachusetts state courts
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- • August 16, 2019
- • November 15, 2018
- Served as a Commissioner on Governor Baker’s 2016 Supreme Judicial Court Nominating Commission, which screened and recommended candidates for three vacancies on that Court.
- Beginning in 2009, served on the committees of Senators Kennedy, Kerry and Warren to recommend five federal judges, the U.S. Attorney, and the U.S. Marshal for Massachusetts
- From 1997 until 2013, member of the Criminal Justice Act Governing Board for the Federal District Court for the District of Massachusetts.
- From 1998 until 2016, board member of Hampshire County Bar Advocates, Inc.
- In 2002, John was inducted as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. The College is an invitation only organization which limits its membership to the top 1% of trial lawyers in each state.
- In 2011, John was selected as a Fellow in the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. The Academy is also an invitation only organization, which limits its membership to 500 active trial lawyers from the United States and includes 150 Fellows from nearly 40 countries across the globe.
- John was named “Lawyer of the Year” in the Springfield area for the past 11 consecutive years for Criminal Defense (White Collar) by Best Lawyers®. “Lawyer of the Year” rankings are awarded to one lawyer per practice area and region, making it a distinguished accolade. He was also selected by his peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers® for more than 15 years in the areas of Bet-the-Company Litigation, Criminal Defense (General Practice) and Criminal Defense (White Collar).
- Member, Hampden County Bar Association
- Member, Hampshire County Bar Association
- Member, American Bar Association and Civil Litigation Section