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John R. Felice is a shareholder of Hermes, Netburn, O'Connor & Spearing, P.C. Mr. Felice's practice involves representing insurers and insureds in state and federal courts in connection with claims for coverage on general liability, property, professional liability, directors and officers liability, umbrella and excess policies, and fidelity and surety bonds. Mr. Felice also represents owners, general contractors and subcontractors in the defense of construction-related litigation, including personal injury and wrongful death, defective workmanship and breach of contract claims. Mr. Felice has litigated numerous multiparty construction cases involving scaffolding accidents, exposure to toxic substances, and building defects.


In addition to his insurance and construction practice, Mr. Felice has substantial experience representing manufacturers and distributors of asbestos-containing products in toxic tort cases pending in multiple jurisdictions. He has participated in the selection and development of expert witnesses, including medical, industrial hygiene, and naval historians. He has conducted numerous lay and expert witness depositions and successfully used those depositions to obtain favorable results before and during trial. Mr. Felice has been involved in several jury trials in the Massachusetts asbestos litigation and he recently was part of the trial team which obtained a defense verdict, after a three week jury trial, on behalf of the alleged successor-in-interest to a manufacturer of asbestos-containing products installed aboard U.S. Navy ships. This was only the third case to be tried to verdict in the Massachusetts asbestos litigation in the past decade.


Mr. Felice also represents clients in product and premises liability claims, including negligent security claims, product defect claims, and claims involving toxic exposure to mold. Finally, Mr. Felice represents sureties in all aspects of bond claims, including negotiation of project completion arrangements, handling of payment bond claims and pursuit of salvage recoveries.


Languages spoken: English, Spanish

Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 30%
  2. Insurance: 25%
  3. Personal Injury: 25%
  4. Construction: 20%



Hourly ($225-350/hour), Fixed (sometimes)

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    I endorse this lawyer. I have litigated numerous cases against John in the past decade, and have always found him to be well prepared, professional and courteous. He is an excellent advocate for his clients.


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Contact info

Hermes, Netburn, O'Connor & Spearing, P.C.

265 Franklin Street
Boston, MA, 02110-3113


NHAuthorized to practice law201407/08/2014
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2012
Rising StarLaw & Politics Magazine2012
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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
ShareholderHermes, Netburn, O'connor & Spearing, PC2008 - Present
PartnerPierce, Davis & Perritano, LLP2005 - 2008
AssociateHermes, Netburn, O'connor & Spearing, PC2000 - 2005
Association namePosition nameDuration
Claims & Litigation Management AllianceVice President - Massachusetts Chapter2014 - Present
Claims & Litigation Management AllianceInsurance Bad Faith Committee2013 - Present
Claims & Litigation Management AllianceInsurance Coverage Committee2013 - Present
Massachusetts Defense Lawyers AssociationBoard Member2013 - Present
Claims & Litigation Management AllianceEnvironmental & Toxic Tort Committee2011 - Present
Defense Research InstituteN/A2008 - Present
Massachusetts Bar AssociationN/A1999 - Present
American Bar AssociationN/A1999 - Present
Claims & Litigation Management AllianceState Chairperson2011 - 2014
Publication nameTitleDate
For The Defense (DRI, Defense Research Institute)The Computer Crime Coverage Conundrum2013
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Suffolk University Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1999
Fairfield UniversityN/ABS - Bachelor of Science1996
St. John's Preparatory SchoolN/ADiploma1992
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Annual ConferenceIs Your Boilerplate Rusty2014