John Aromando is Chair of Pierce Atwood's Litigation Practice Group. A firm partner with more than 30 years of diverse trial practice experience, John currently focuses on the defense of businesses in complex commercial litigation. John represents clients from a number of different industries including financial services, energy, pulp and paper, manufacturing, insurance, and professional services. He has defended clients in a number of class action lawsuits, in Maine and in several other states, has tried cases in both state and federal courts, and argued appeals before the Maine Supreme Judicial Court and the First Circuit Court of Appeals.

John also appears on behalf of clients in arbitrations and contested administrative proceedings. He has been involved in several significant lawsuits arising from the residential mortgage foreclosure crisis. He was also recently called upon to defend a large law firm sued by a former client for legal malpractice. He has represented both defendants and plaintiffs in a wide variety of civil lawsuits. John also counsels owners, contractors, and sureties concerning construction contracts, bonding and insurance, and represents them with respect to claims.

Honors & Distinctions

  • Received the 2016 Vincent L. McKusick Award from the Maine Bar Journal for his article, “Keeping Secrets From Your Client: The Attorney-Client Privilege For Lawyers,” published in their fall 2015 edition
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® for Commercial Litigation since 2007
  • Rated AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell

Professional Activities

Member, Grievance Commission, Maine Board of Overseers of the Bar

Member, Defense Research Institute, 2015 Class Action Seminar Steering Committee

Member, Maine State Bar Association, Consumer & Financial Institutions Law Section

Member, Cumberland County Bar Association

Former member, Fee Arbitration Commission of the Maine Board of Overseers of the Bar (2006-2012)

Publications

Standing to Foreclose in Maine: Bank of America, N.A. v. Greenleaf, Fall 2014 Maine Bar Journal 186

Maine Chapter of the ABA Payment Bond Manual (3rd ed. 2006)

The Surety's Liability for Bad Faith: Claims for Extra-Contractual Damages under the Payment Bond, 47 Me. L. Rev. 390 (1995).

Civic Activities

Maine School Administrative District 51 Board of Directors, Member 2000-2006, Chair 2002-2004

Foundation 51 Board of Directors, Member 2008-2011

Maine RipTide ASA Girls Fast Pitch Softball Team, Head Coach, 2008-2011

Practice Areas

Representative Experience

  • Representation of national mortgage lender and servicer concerning an investigation by the Maine Attorney General
  • Defense of investment advisers in claims alleging imprudent investment decisions or management, including FINRA arbitration
  • Defense of financial institutions against claims of improper trust administration

Representative Experience

  • Representation of national mortgage lenders and servicers in defense of various claims brought on behalf of borrowers, including defense of class actions in Maine state and federal court
  • Representation of national and community banks concerning both consumer and commercial claims
  • Defense of large law firm in a legal malpractice action brought by a former client of the firm arising from advice with respect to a private offering of securities
  • Defense of health insurance companies in national subscriber class actions brought in Maine, Louisiana, North Carolina, and South Carolina   
  • Defense of health insurance companies in provider lawsuits, including class action in Maine state court
  • Defense of national manufacturer of electrical receptacles in class action in Maine state court, including successful opposition to motion to certify class  
  • Defense of gas additive manufacturer in class action in Maine state court, including successful opposition to motion to certify class
  • Successful trial of claims against hydro generator arising from a dispute over timberland easements valued at $8.1 million
  • Representation of client on successful administrative challenge to government award of water purification contract
  • Representation of municipal client on successful defense of claims challenging multimillion dollar tax increment financing