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John L. Gavin

John Gavin is an associate at the firm's Boston office. John focuses his practice on complex civil litigation in the areas of commercial disputes, intellectual property, and insurance coverage. He has litigated a broad range of business-related issues, including claims of trade secret misappropriation, breach of contract, securities fraud, tax fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, and unfair business practices.

John has experience with many different phases of commercial litigation, including requests for preliminary relief, discovery, dispositive motion practice, and final merits determinations. John has represented clients in state and federal courts, including courts in Massachusetts, New York, Texas, and Illinois. In addition, John has represented clients in mediations and international arbitrations. John also maintains an active pro bono practice and obtained asylum for a detained client in removal proceedings.

John has significant experience with matters involving trade secret misappropriation and breaches of contractual confidentiality clauses. Through these matters, John has assisted clients in obtaining injunctive relief to protect confidential information and trade secrets. John has also successfully represented clients in obtaining monetary and permanent injunctive relief for misappropriation of trade secrets and other related claims.

John also has significant experience with insurance recovery matters. Through these matters, John has helped policyholders successfully obtain insurance coverage for a wide range of losses under directors and officers (D&O) policies, errors and omissions (E&O)/professional liability policies, commercial general liability policies, and property policies. This work includes representing clients in litigation asserting claims against their insurers. John also assists clients in the claims process, seeking to resolve disputes with insurers through negotiation or mediation prior to litigation.

As a summer associate for the firm, John assisted in drafting pleadings for the intellectual property, commercial disputes, and financial services groups, aided in drafting a client update on trade secret law trends, and collaborated on treatise updates. Most recently, John was a law practice teaching assistant at Boston College Law School, where he conducted workshops and held office hours to aid students in the development of research and citation skills. John also served as a member of the Executive Board of the Boston College Law Review, managing the drafting and publication of student-written Case Comments as Executive Comments Editor.

  • Recipient of PAIR Project's 2020 Pro Bono Detention Award
Additional Thought Leadership Pages
  • John Gavin, Note, Finally Freed or Infinitely Detained? The Need for a Clear Standard of Finality for Reinstated Orders of Removal, 59 B.C. L. Rev. 2437 (2018)
  • John Gavin, Comment, Praying for Clarity: Lund, Bormuth, and the Split Over Legislator-Led Prayer, 59 B.C. L. Rev. E. Supp. 104 (2018)
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