John S. Whitman
John is the senior shareholder and director in the firm’s Portland office. He has over 30 years of trial experience in a wide variety of cases in the state and federal courts in Maine. John handles complex commercial and personal injury litigation, products liability and legal malpractice cases. He is one of the most accomplished insurance coverage lawyers in the state. He advises insureds and insurers on coverage issues and handles “bad faith” lawsuits against insurers. He frequently speaks at seminars and for clients on insurance and trial issues.
A short list of John’s cases over the years illustrates the breadth of his experience. Before moving to Maine, John served as Associate Counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee in the impeachment of President Nixon. During his legal career in Maine, he has handled cases involving matters as diverse as ship collisions, lender liability, dam failure, patent infringement and wiretapping. John has also done criminal defense work including murder trials. He is listed in “New England Super Lawyers” and was recognized in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, 2012 Client's Guide by being named to “Band 1” in the Litigation: General Commercial Category.
John graduated from Harvard College and Harvard Law School. Originally from New York City, John now commutes to work by ferry from Peaks Island where he and his family maintain a fleet of two rowing dories, a rowing shell, a sailing dinghy, a Soling and seven sailboards. His land-based activities include regular ice hockey games.