John T. Graff is a partner in the litigation and higher education practices; he focuses on representing businesses involved in commercial disputes and providing counsel and representing colleges and universities on matters unique to federally-funded colleges and universities.
John has extensive experience litigating complex business disputes in which the outcome of the matter often determines the health or survival of a business. As a trial lawyer, John recognizes that the most practical, cost efficient, and effective litigation strategies are informed by the demands and realities of trial. John focuses his litigation practice counseling and representing clients involved in disputes concerning real estate interests and construction issues, intellectual property rights, shareholder contests/freezeouts, defense of employment discrimination claims, Chapter 93A (consumer protection defense and prosecution), enforcement or defense of employee noncompete agreements, and defense of personal injury claims (including claims for wrongful death). John also assists individuals in probate litigation and fiduciary matters. John routinely litigates in state and federal court, and he represents clients in defense of state and federal agency actions. John has litigated cases in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, New Jersey, Texas, and Arizona.
John is a nationally recognized higher education attorney with extensive experience advising colleges and universities on matters unique to higher education, including Title IX compliance, investigations and litigation; advice and audit representation in United States Department of Education Clery Act compliance reviews; and all matters related to student affairs operations. John also provides logistical consulting to campus law enforcement agencies throughout the country concerning all aspects of police operations.
Prior to joining HRW, John was a litigation attorney at Mirick O’Connell in Worcester, Massachusetts and at a boutique business litigation firm in Boston.
Prior to practicing law, John received commendations and medals for his service as a police officer where he served as a state certified sexual assault investigator and received advanced training in the profiling of serial sexual criminals. He subsequently served as a supervisor in Boston University’s student discipline office where he adjudicated over 1,000 non-academic student discipline cases and was a liaison to law enforcement and member of the University’s sexual assault awareness task force.