The Law Office of John J. Ciafone, 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.

About John J. Ciafone

John J. Ciafone 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.

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 J. Ciafone 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.

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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.

Awards and Recognition's

Awards and Recognition's Massachusetts Super Lawyers Martindale AV PREEMINENT Avvo Rating 9.7

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)

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

John J. Ciafone, Candidate for Queens Civil Court Judge