John A. McDermott

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Phone: 617.654.1744
Practice Areas:  General Municipal, Land Use, Litigation

Attorney McDermott assists the firm’s clients in municipal law, land use, and litigation matters. He has more than five years of experience counseling clients on general municipal law, licensing, land use, and all aspects of municipal zoning and permitting processes. His experience also includes advising and representing clients in landlord/tenant matters, residential and commercial closings and leasing, title curative litigation, and foreclosure matters.

Attorney McDermott has represented a variety of clients including municipalities, private developers, homeowners, small business owners, and institutional lenders. He has represented these clients in a broad range of cases including zoning determinations, permitting appeals, and land use disputes in front of the Massachusetts Superior Court, Massachusetts Land Court, and local Conservation Commissions, Planning Boards and Zoning Boards of Appeal. Attorney McDermott has also regularly represented clients in matters before the Massachusetts Housing Court, Massachusetts Division of Professional Licensure, and Massachusetts District Courts.

Prior Experience

Brooks & DeRensis, P.C., Boston, MA
Associate Attorney (2020 – 2021)
Practice concentrated in litigation and transactional matters in the areas of real estate development and conveyancing, summary process, municipal law, zoning and land use/planning, and general civil litigation.

Harmon Law Offices, P.C., Newton, MA
Associate Attorney (2019 – 2020)
Assigned to the firm’s Litigation Department, litigated civil actions in foreclosures, summary process, title curative, and municipal code violation matters.

Law Office of Rossi & Associates, P.C., Chelsea, MA
Associate Attorney (2016 – 2019)
Advised and represented clients in a variety of transactional and litigation matters including criminal defense, commercial and residential closings, landlord/tenant matters, zoning and land use, permitting, licensing, and small claims.

Middlesex County District Attorney’s Office, Somerville, MA
Assistant District Attorney (2015 – 2016)
Represented the Commonwealth in criminal proceedings, responsible for all pre-trial, trial, and post-conviction aspects of prosecution covering a range of misdemeanor and felony matters in District Court.

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Massachusetts Bar Association
Bar & Court Admissions
  • Massachusetts Bar
  • U.S. District Court (Mass.)


New England Law | Boston
Juris Doctor, 2015

Saint Anselm College
Bachelor of Arts, 2011 cum laude