John Sten is a trial lawyer focusing his practice on securities litigation and white collar defense. John represents officers, directors, boards, and companies in matters involving fraud, false claims act, securities, health care, public corruption, and other investigations by federal, state and local law enforcement, and government regulators. John also represents companies and individuals in ERISA, breach of fiduciary duty, corporate governance issues, and other complex civil litigation. John is frequently called upon to conduct internal investigations for his corporate clients.
Prior to joining Pierce Atwood, John was a partner in the Boston office of the law firm McDermott Will & Emery. John began his career as an attorney with the Division of Enforcement of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington, D.C.
John received his J.D., magna cum laude, from The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, where he was the editor-in-chief of The Journal of Contemporary Health Law and Policy. John was later the recipient of the school’s Law School Alumni Award.
John is a First Degree Black Belt in the Shaolin Southern Long Fist style of Martial Arts (Five Animal-Five Element).
Honors & Distinctions
- Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® for Commercial Litigation since 2017
- Recognized by Massachusetts Super Lawyers® in Securities Litigation (2011-2015)
- Member, Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association
- Member, American Ireland Fund Young Leaders Association
- Member, Association of SEC Alumni and SEC Historical Society
- Co-author, "Post-Paying the Piper: The Collateral Effects and Unintended Consequences of Settling with the SEC," Insights: The Corporate and Securities Law Advisor, Volume 30, Number 1, January 2016
- Co-author, "Back to Basic: Eliminating the 'Fraud on the Market' Presumption Could be Costly," Westlaw’s Securities Litigation & Regulation, March 6, 2014
- Member, Finance Committee, Hon. Joseph P. Kennedy, III
- Member, Board of Directors, Brattle Film Foundation