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John Harkavy

Litigation Attorney at Wellesley, MA

5.0   18 reviews
  • State Years
    New York - NY 36 years
    Massachusetts - MA 40 years
  • Licensed for 36 years
    State NY
    Acquired 1987
    Status
    Currently Registered No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 40 years
    State MA
    Acquired 1983
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About John

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John Harkavy is one of  the  most respected civil trial attorneys in Massachusetts, who has a thirty-six year proven track record of success.  His office handles civil litigation including business and real estate litigation, personal injury, wrongful death, automobile accidents, slip and falls, medical malpractice, dog bite cases, products liability, personal injury, general commercial litigation, employment, home owner construction disputes, landlord/tenant disputes, insurance defense, and appeals. He has mediated numerous cases  resulting in multi-million dollar victories for his clients without the necessity of a trial. His office also represents homeowners who are having disputes with construction contractors.  Clients range from Fortune 500 companies, commercial real estate brokerage firms and developers to individuals.  The aggressive use of prejudgment remedies, including attachments and injunctions, has resulted in significant legal victories without the need for lengthy and costly litigation.  

John graduated from Brown University and Boston University School of Law.

John is President of the Wellesley Community Center, a non-profit organization.

John enjoys playing tennis semi-competitively and was the captain of the Brown University tennis team.  John has coached youth basketball and softball.

Location

Law Office of John B. Harkavy
89 Woodside Avenue
Wellesley, MA, 02482

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Posted by Justin | February 1, 2024
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| Hired Attorney
Detail Oriented Expert
John takes on each task with attention to detail, expertise, effort and a desire to win the case. He is someone who you want on your side.... not on the other.
Posted by anonymous | September 12, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Lease issue
John helped us settle a lease issue with our previous landlord. He was responsive and prompt and we got the outcome we were looking for.
Posted by Elliot | January 19, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
John to the rescue
John was recommended to me by another attorney to handle a very difficult and complicated case. We have a lending company ,our client passed away but prior to his passing he took a very large deposit on this property from one of his employees on a promise that their would be a credit for that amount and she could purchase the property , Upon her employers death she decided that the property was hers and she became a squatter unable to buy the property but decided she owned it. The woman then decided our company and myself were responsible for her loss. She sued us for fraud, conversion of the funds, unjust enrichment and anything else she and her attorney made up. Fast forward John Harkevy to the rescue. He analyzed the case and on 5 seperate actions against us won summary judgement in our favor on all 5. He then started an action for possession and back rent which we settled on favorable terms. Thankyou John who I would highly revomend for his knowledge and how well he handled such a difficult and complicated case. Thanks John
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Posted by Anne | October 6, 2022
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Exceptional attorney!
Attorney John Harkavy represented me in a personal injury lawsuit. Over a period of 19 months, Mr. Harkavy spent considerable time gathering facts related to my case, speaking to the attorneys and insurer for the defendant and his company, advising me regarding my deposition, decisively and strategically questioning the defendant in his deposition, and, finally, representing me in what turned out to be a favorable mediation that eliminated the need for a trial. Mr. Harkavy was always accessible, very knowledgable, notably trustworthy, and truly unflappable. What's more, he is a great guy. I am forever grateful to Mr. Harkavy for his superb legal representation during a very difficult time in my life, and I duly recommend the Law Office of John Harkavy without reservation.
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Posted by frank | September 15, 2022
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three years dealing with the tenant from hell
Hired John to handle my commercial real estate suit. He was very professional, efficient, and kept me apprised at every turn. We worked very well as a team. His negotiation skills resulted in a very fair settlement for me and eliminated the need to go to trial. I would hire John again.
Posted by Irene | August 25, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Superb lawyer!
John Harkavy is a highly skilled, knowledgeable, articulate, professional, patient, attentive, and personable attorney. He has done an excellent job in fighting for us in court and, as a result, was able to get the best outcome we were looking for! We highly recommend him to everyone who is looking for the best attorney!
Posted by anonymous | January 30, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Ms Kathryn Spring
I hired John Harkavy because I had a complex issue with my IRA and the IRA custodian would not help in resolving my tax issues. I was owned considerable amount of money in IRS refunds. I had been working with the IRA Custodian who set up the account incorrectly and resulted in me not receiving the refunds. The company was not helpful. In fact they gave me incorrect advice on how to correct the situation. In a short period of time John Harkavy was able to resolve the issue and the company settled with me without litigation. John was direct and made it clear we would litigate if necessary.
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Posted by Katie | January 15, 2021
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Highly reccomend!
I would highly recommend John to anyone in search of a personal injury lawyer. He is responsive, experienced, trustworthy, knowledgeable, and easy to talk.
Posted by Elizabeth | November 14, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Very Pleased with the Outcome!
John successfully helped us with a difficult case, and we are very pleased with the outcome. He listened patiently and carefully to both sides’ points of view, and after much negotiation with the other party and their lawyer, we got the result we were hoping for. He was always available to listen to our questions and concerns and gave his honest opinion about our expectations and what options were worthwhile to pursue. John is the consummate professional and is extremely knowledgeable. We would definitely hire him again!
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Posted by Henri | May 15, 2019
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smart, honest and # 1 lawyer
I keep hiring Mr.Harkavy because I always get better than expected results. He is very accurate, responsive and finishes the job in a timely manner. hire him, you will win.
Posted by george | May 15, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Great partner and advisor
John represented me to handle a Landlord/Tenant dispute case. His professionalism and attention to detail along with quick response time was top notch. He is very strategic to come up with a cost effective and obtained a final satisfactory results. i would high recommend John and will not hesitate to ask him to represent me at any time.
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Posted by Catia | March 8, 2019
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Great service!
This was my first time working with John and my firm’s second time using his services. When we were faced with an issue there was no hesitation in contacting the Law Office of John B. Harkavy. John was very attentive and able to help us with our problem with his calm and empathetic demeanor. We are very grateful for his services and I hereby recommend John Harkavy without reservation.
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Posted by Brian | January 22, 2018
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John Harkavy-exceptional representation
Hired John to represent me in a personal injury claim. He did an amazing job gathering facts and speaking with the responsible parties to resolve my claim in our favor. He deposed the appropriate people and uncovered the information critical to prevailing in our claim. He did an excellent job keeping me abreast of the situation throughout the 3 year period from injury to settlement and was always available to answer my questions. John's advice in how to deal with my personal deposition was very helpful in making certain that my rights were protected at all times. I would definitely use John again and refer him without reservation for his legal expertise, communication skills and decisive approach.
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Posted by Jim | June 2, 2017
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Most Excellent
We retained John for a tricky situation and he delivered the most excellent results. We found him to be highly effective, timely, and ethical, very reassuring in the day and age we live in.
Posted by Jessica | March 16, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Review of John Harkavy
John was extremely professional throughout our entire case. He responded quickly and thoroughly to all of our e-mails and phone calls! He responded to all of our requests and without him we surely would not have won our case!! We would highly recommend John to tackle any legal battle you may be having.
Posted by Susan | November 24, 2014
Inspires Confidence
Attorney John Harkavy's skillful handling of my adverse possession/prescriptive easement case was the balm that eased my worries. Being sued by an abutting neighbor is never comfortable, yet having John manage the case with diligence, professionalism, and candor was a best-possible scenario in an otherwise intolerable situation. Attorney Harkavy inspires confidence, and follows through every step of the way.
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Posted by Barry | August 27, 2012
Excellent representation in personal injury lawsuit
John Harkavy represented me in a personal injury lawsuit. Most importantly, the amount that John was able to obtain as a settlement significantly exceeded my expectations. Also of note, John always made himself available by either phone and emal for any questions or communications. He kept me well informed at every step of the process and his case summary and other work was clearly top notch. I would not hesitate to recommend him and to use him again in the future.
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Posted by Gerald | July 31, 2012
John Harkavy Review
John Harkavy has and does represent me and members of my family. He is thorough and attentive. He communicates liberally with progressive reports. I would not hesitate to recommend him.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Principal
  • Law Office of John B. Harkavy
  • 2011 - Present
  • Vice President Chief Corporate Counsel
  • Diningin.com,Inc.
  • 2011 - Present

Education

  • Boston University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1983
  • Brown University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1979

Associations

  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Boston Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Massachusetts Association of Trial Attorneys
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • Member
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • Super Lawyer
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyer
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
  • Super Lawyer
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyers
  • 2012
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2011
  • Super Lawyer
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyers
  • 2011
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2010
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers In Massachusetts
  • American Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2010
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2009
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyer
  • Law & Politics Media
  • 2009
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2008
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2007
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyer
  • Law & Politics Media
  • 2006
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2006
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Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (1)
Endorse John
Personal injury Attorney | Jan 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Harkavy is a living legend for personal injury law."
Civil rights Attorney | Oct 08
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
Administrative law Attorney | Oct 08
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"A true giant of the law."
Gaming Attorney | Oct 08
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"All talk, mostly trash talk."
Animal law Attorney | Oct 06
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"He changed my life."
Banking Attorney | Oct 06
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Metza metz"
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Wellesley Litigation Lawyer John Harkavy
John Harkavy
Litigation Attorney
Wellesley, MA
Licensed for 40 years