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John Rockwell Hitt

John Rockwell Hitt

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Business, State, Local And Municipal Law, Administrative Law, Government, Appeals… more 

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About Me

I am an experienced litigator and problem solver focusing on the areas of business litigation (e.g., contract disputes, business torts), employment law, governmental law matters (including government investigations), and administrative law. Wide-ranging experience advising and representing business organizations, non-profit organizations, trade associations, private individuals, and state and municipal governmental agencies, authorities, and officials. In addition, I provide advice and representation to private entities, individuals, and governmental bodies on matters of compliance with federal and state civil rights and civil liberties laws, government ethics, public records laws, election laws, administrative agency rule-making, and other government operations. I am also an experienced appellate attorney having handled more than 100 cases before the Massachusetts appellate courts and Federal appellate courts.


Languages Spoken: English, German

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1994

  1. Government: 20%
    21 years
  2. Administrative Law: 20%
    21 years
  3. State, Local And Municipal Law: 20%
    21 years
  4. Business: 20%
    13 years
  5. Other: 20%
  6. More 



Hourly ($1-500/hour), Free Consultation (30 minutes)

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Attorney Endorsements

1 total

  • John Miller

    I got to know John as a fellow law clerk in 1994 and have followed his successes in the legal community ever since. John is a quick study, a strong advocate, and has the utmost integrity within the profession. He is a super nice guy to boot. I would recommend John to clients without hesitation!


    John Miller Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Cosgrove, Eisenberg & Kiley, PC

One International Place, Suite 1820
Boston, MA, 02110-2604



Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated.Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™2014
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
James H. Shannon AwardMassachusetts Attorney General2001
Edward J. Rakow AwardFederal Bar Association of Detroit1994
Editor in ChiefMichigan State Law Review1994

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
AttorneyCosgrove, Eisenberg & Kiley PC2006 - Present
Chief, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties DivisionMasschusetts Attorney General's Office2005 - 2006
Chief of OpinionsMassachusetts Attorney General's Office2003 - 2005
Assistant Attorney GeneralMassachusetts Attorney General's Office2000 - 2003
AssociateDonnelly, Conroy & Gelhaar LLP2000 - 2000
Assistant Attorney GeneralMassachusetts Attorney General's Office1997 - 2000
Law Clerk to Justice J. Harold FlanneryMassachusetts Appeals Court1996 - 1997
Deputy Chief Law ClerkMassachusetts Superior Court1995 - 1996
Law Clerk to the JusticesMassachusetts Superior Court1994 - 1995

Association NamePosition NameDuration
Boston Bar FoundationJunior Fellow2005 - 2012
Boston American Inn of CourtMaster1999 - Present
Boston Bar AssociationMember1998 - Present

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Coombes v. Florio, 450 Mass. 182 (2007)N/A
Vranos v. Franklin Medical Center, 448 Mass. 425 (2007)N/A
Comfort v. Lynn Sch. Comm., 418 F.3d 1 (1st Cir. 2005)Judgement for Defendants (favorable)

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Publication NameTitleDate
LexisNexis publicationLexisNexis Practice Guide: Massachusetts Administrative Law and Practice2015
New York TimesMiranda Rule Benefits Police Too: A Remedy for Abuse1998
Law Review of Michigan State University Detroit College of LawReflections on Our Constitutional Mission: Making Self-Government Work--by Harold Norris1998
Michigan Bar JournalEditor, Sixth Circuit Notes1994

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Michigan State University College of LawLawJD, cum laude1994
Oberlin CollegeGovernmmentBA1989

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
CLE @ Social Law LibraryJudicial Review of Administrative Decisions: Nuts and Bolts, Practice Pointers, and Emergency Issues2015
CLE @ Social Law LibraryJudicial Review of Administrative Decisions: Nuts and Bolts, Practice Pointers, and Emerging Issues2014
Boston College Law School--AGO ProgramAdministrative Law--The View From Private Practice2010
Northeastern University Law School ForumHousing Discrimination Forum2006
Harvard Trial Advocacy ProgramTrial Advocacy--Moot Court2004