Over 100 Years Of Service

John D. Lanoue – Retired

  • Retired




My hero as a kid was a lawyer - a long-time friend of our family and a great guy. I wasn't sure what attorneys did, but I figured that whatever he was doing was definitely worthwhile. Later I realized that it's about helping people.

I served in the Army as a lawyer - general practice at Fort Devens, criminal law in Vietnam, the Court of Military Review in Virginia and the Court of Military Appeals in Washington D.C.- and gained wide experience. I grew up in North Adams and after the Army, I wanted to return to this area. Having great respect for Norman O'Connor, I looked forward to joining the firm. Eventually my interests focused on real estate law, which is now my main area of practice, as well as banking, probate, wills, contracts and a general office practice.

Areas Of Practice

  • Real Estate Law, including Title Insurance
  • Banking, including Mortgages & Foreclosures

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts, 1968
  • Rhode Island, 1968
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, 1970
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1973
  • U.S. District Court District of Massachusetts, 1975
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 1st Circuit, 1985
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit, 1985


  • Villanova University School of Law, Villanova, Pennsylvania
    • J.D. - 1968
    • Honors: cum laude
    • Honors: The Order of the Coif
  • Providence College, Providence, Rhode Island
    • A.B. - 1965
    • Honors: magna cum laude
    • Honors: Dean's List (Four years)
    • Major: Political Science

Published Works

  • The "Truth-In-Negotiating Clause" of P.L. 87-653, 13 Villanova Law Review 604, 1968

Representative Cases

  • Ungerer/Pyramid v. Smith/City of Pittsfield, 765 F.2d 264, 1985, U.S. Ct. of Appeal First Circuit
  • Hazen Paper Co. v. USF&G, 407 Mass. 689, 1990, Supreme Judicial Court

Representative Clients

  • Adams Community Bank
  • Landmark Credit Union

Honors And Awards

  • Massachusetts Bar Association Community Service Award
  • Fellow, Massachusetts Bar Foundation

Professional Associations And Memberships

  • Massachusetts Bar Association, 1973
  • Real Estate Bar Association for Massachusetts, 1974
  • Berkshire Bar Association, Member, 1973

Past Employment Positions

  • Judge Advocate General's Corps, U.S. Army, Captain, 1965 to 1973

Pro Bono Activities

  • Past President and Past Campaign Chairman, Northern Berkshire United Way, 1973 to 1989
  • Past Chairman, St. Patrick's Church Finance Commission, 1984 to 2001
  • Richard A. Ruther post 152 Williamstown American Legion, Present

Practice Areas