John Aromando is Chair of Pierce Atwood's Litigation Practice Group. A partner at the firm with more than 30 years of diverse trial practice experience, John currently focuses on the defense of businesses in complex commercial litigation and class actions. He also advises lawyers and law firms with respect to professional conduct matters including the defense of professional liability claims. John represents clients from a number of different industries including financial services, energy, pulp and paper, manufacturing, insurance, and professional services. He 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 at mediations and in arbitrations and contested administrative proceedings. In recent years, he has served as a mediator for a variety of civil disputes, and continues to offer those services in addition to his regular trial practice.  

Honors & Distinctions

  • Recognized by Chambers USA for Commercial Litigation
  • 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 and "Bet-the-Company" Litigation (2007 - present)
  • 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