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  • Attorney John Finbury takes novel issue in a negligence claim against the City of Haverhill to the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, and wins.

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  • $500,000 worker's compensation settlement
    for Massachusetts Home Depot employee who suffered severe spinal injury when he hyperextended his body in order to avoid being struck by employee pushing carriages towards him in an aisle.
  • $400,000 worker's compensation settlement
    for Massachusetts truck driver who injured lower back as a result of a fall in gas station while delivering gasoline.
  • $230,000 worker's compensation settlement
    for employee who developed RSD/CRPS following finger joint surgery for work-related repetitive stress injury.
  • $1.5 Million Verdict
    in Essex County for serious personal injuries caused by a drunk driver in a motor vehicle accident.
  • $1.4 Million Verdict
    in Essex County for a young man who was injured when a stool collapsed at a restaurant in Haverhill, Massachusetts. It was necessary to use experts in the field of medicine, economics, and vocational rehabilitation to prove the damages suffered by this client.
  • $1.3 Million Settlement
    In Essex County for an electrician injured in an arc blast while working in North Andover. He suffered burns and a fractured elbow. Medical, electrical and code experts were used to prove liability and damages. The firm is experienced in filing suit and litigating these types of cases in order to obtain the maximum benefit to which our clients are entitled.
  • $1.275 Million Settlement
    in Essex County where a motor vehicle chased by the police crashed and overturned resulting in injuries to a passenger. The injuries included fractured vertebrae which required surgery and which resulted in a permanent injury, as well as internal complications and lower leg ailments.
  • $1 Million Verdict
    in Essex County Superior Court (Lawrence, MA) for a wife who was beaten and stabbed by her husband, leaving her with significant permanent injuries.
  • $835,000 Settlement
    in New Hampshire for a medical malpractice claim and related workers' compensation claim involving a failed sympathetic block for complex regional pain syndrome.
  • $767,000 Settlement
    for a man who was partially paralyzed as the result of a motor vehicle collision. The plaintiff was a passenger in a vehicle in which the operator was over-served at a club in Haverhill. Expert testimony was used to prove that improper training and serving procedures led to the over-serving of alcohol.
  • $750,000 Verdict
    in Newburyport Superior Court for a woman injured in an auto collision. The insurance company offered $75,000 to settle, one-tenth of the ultimate verdict. That offer was refused and we went to trial. With interest the verdict exceeded $1,000,000.
  • $650,000 Settlement
    for a liquor liability case in New Hampshire
  • $450,000 Workers' Compensation Settlement
    where a New Hampshire employee was contaminated by chemicals in the air at his place of employment in Massachusetts.
  • $450,000 Settlement
    in Hillsborough County New Hampshire where a young teacher slipped and fell while exiting a convenience store resulting in orthopedic injuries and a closed head injury.
  • $400,000 Verdict
    in Middlesex County Superior Court (Cambridge, MA) for a young man injured at the Haverhill train station when the train began pulling away as he was boarding. A final offer of $25,000.00 was rejected. With interest, the final judgment was over $500.00.00.
  • $379,000 Arbitration Award
    For tenant in commercial lease dispute
  • $250,000 Verdict
    in Essex Superior Court (Lawrence, MA) for a mailman attacked by two dogs in the course of his employment, resulting in injuries to his back and neck as he was fleeing from the animals. With interest the judgment exceeded $316,000.00.
  • $250,000 Settlement
    in Rockingham county for a Newton, New Hampshire woman who was severely injured in a head-on collision resulting in multiple fractures.
  • $225,000 Settlement
    in Essex County where an employee slipped and fell on her way into work as a result of weather conditions. She settled with the workers' compensation carrier as well as the owner and property maintenance company.
  • $150,000 Verdict
    in Suffolk County for a patron of a bar whose leg was fractured by the negligent conduct of a security guard.
  • $150,000 Settlement
    in Rockingham county for a woman who was severely injured when she slipped and fell on water at a major department store. A lawsuit was necessary to obtain discovery which ultimately showed that the store allowed a freezer to leak for several days without adequate clean up..
  • $140,000 Settlement
    in Essex county for a Methuen woman who suffer a fractured hip on a dark outside stairway due to the landlord's failure to properly maintain the lighting.
  • $45,000 Settlement
    in Essex County for a boy under 2 years old who fell from a landing in a rented apartment due to improper construction of a railing.
  • $25,000 Settlement
    in Rockingham County for a man injured when he slipped on icy stairs at a mall in Southern New Hampshire as a result of negligent maintenance of the property.

John A. Finbury

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Haverhill, Massachusetts

John A. Finbury is experienced both as a trial attorney and corporate counsel. His trial work involves representing clients for serious personal injury claims, workers compensation and social security disability claims, and business disputes.

John’s business practice focuses on business formations, representing and advising emerging companies as well as established businesses, and negotiating and drafting contracts, leases and transaction agreements. John has served as general counsel to a number of private companies advising the board of directors on management and corporate governance and compliance issues, as well as overseeing the management of legal disputes and employment and licensing issues. John served as general counsel to Thermatrx (http://www.thermatrx.com/), a BPH medical device company, from 2001 until its sale to American Medical Systems Holdings (NASDAQ AMMD) in 2004.

John graduated from the Middlesex School, Boston University (1977), and Northeastern University School of Law (1986), and is a member of the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys and the American Trial Lawyers Association. He is licensed to practice law in Massachusetts state and federal courts. Prior to joining the firm in 1998 John was an associate and litigation partner at Bingham, Dana & Gould in Boston (now Bingham McCutchen LLP).

John is a musician and composer and plays piano in a jazz sextet.

In 2014, John successfully argued before the Supreme Judical Court of Massachusetts on a negligence claim against the City of Haverhill.

In 2016 John’s song “A Chama Verde” was nominated for a Latin Grammy for “Song Of The Year.” He lost to Shakira.

Areas of Practice

  • Business Law
  • Personal Injury — Plaintiff
  • Workers’ Compensation
  • Social Security Disability
  • Products Liability
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Criminal Law

Litigation Percentage

  • 75% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts, 1986
  • U.S. District Court District of Massachusetts, 1986
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 1987


  • Northeastern University School of Law, Boston, Massachusetts
    • Doctor of Jurisprudence – 1986
  • Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts
    • Bachelor of Arts – 1977

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Massachusetts Bar Association, 1986 – Present
  • Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys
  • American Association for Justice
  • Haverhill Bar Association
  • Director – Mental Health Resources Plus – Non-profit corporation managing clubhouses in Lawrence and Haverhill, 2001 – 2014

Past Employment Positions

  • Judge Lawrence Shubow, Law Clerk
  • Bingham, Dana & Gould, Boston, Associate


To John Finbury:

A personal injury lawsuit seemed like a very stressful undertaking when I first decided to pursue it. However, working with John Finbury was the complete opposite of stressful. John’s extensive knowledge of the field made me feel comfortable and confident that my case was in good hands. I could not be more pleased with the outcome of my lawsuit, and the pleasant demeanor of everyone at Finbury and Sullivan, especially John. I owe a huge thank you to everyone involved with my case, my life has vastly improved and it is all because of their dedication and hard work.

Thanks again, John!

Brittany L.


This is a testimonial to one of the finest attorneys I have ever had the pleasure to meet.

The scenario goes something like this. I was in real trouble with the SSI regarding overpayment of a disability claim which they didn’t catch until 6 months later to the tune of $6,400.00.

My attorney John Finbury took my case and fought for me. Not only did he get me out from under this payment, he also got them to pay me for 6 months that they shut me off too soon.

I also received my income tax they held for my payment from the previous year as well as the monthly payments I was sending for the past year.

There is no doubt in my mind that I would have been in serious trouble financially if not for Attorney Finbury.

I can’t thank him and his staff for helping me more than I could have imagined. An attorney that wasn’t worried about getting paid and told me that I could send what I could monthly. Oh by the way, he also got them to pay his fee!

This was a very dark spot in my life and Attorney Finbury helped me to see the light.

Many thanks and God Bless You Sir,

Hi John,

Thank you for letting me know the good news. Also, thank you for getting the lien reduced and for rounding the number. It is very much appreciated and attests to the high standard that you and your firm holds a high reputation for.

Thanks again.


Dear John,

I wanted to thank you for all the good work you did on my case. I know you were just doing your job, but I really appreciate that you were never too busy to talk to me. Not all lawyers give that kind of attention. I will recommend you to anyone I know who needs a lawyer in the future.

My sincere thanks,

Cindy B.

To John Finbury:

I want to thank you for all your sound advice in dealing with my difficulties. You are a kind man.

Best regards,

Rose A.

To John Finbury:

Well, I’ll be damned.

So much for those arrogant jerks at the fancy big bucks white shoe law firm who thought they could push us around just because we were stupid car people.

Counselor Finbury chalks up another win for the little guys.

Thanks, John!

Coleman Hoyt
Acton Lincoln Mercury