John A. Shope

Partner - Boston

John Shope
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Complex commercial litigation, particularly consumer class action litigation, is the primary focus of John Shope’s dispute resolution practice, in which he defends national corporations such as Dell, L'Oréal, TimberTech, Wal-Mart and Enterprise Rent-A-Car both in New England and nationally. BTI Consulting named John a 2022 Client Service All-Star, noting client comments that "John demonstrates excellent legal skills," and "He always produces a superior work product."

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  • The University of Chicago Law School, J.D., with honors, 1991
  • Amherst College, B.A., 1987
  • Leningrad State University, Certificate, 1986

Representative Experience

  • Obtained dismissals of three consumer class actions in the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court based on arguments for change in governing law
  • Obtained dismissals of consumer class actions against internet and technology firms based on arbitration clauses in customer agreements
  • Obtained summary judgment dismissing proposed tuition refund class action claims against nationally ranked university with multiple campuses throughout the United States. 
  • Defeated class certification of suit against financial services company despite uniform disclosures
  • Defeated proposed multi-billion dollar pipeline subsidy in state regulatory proceedings
  • Successfully tried defense of a suit seeking to invalidate a power purchase agreement valued in excess of $40 million due to long term gas supply restructurings
  • Represented the State of New Hampshire in a constitutional challenge to the deregulation of the electric utility industry
  • Obtained $2 million arbitration award from the American Arbitration Association's International Centre for Dispute Resolution over mismanagement of a power plant in Guyana
  • Represented private equity fund in successful international arbitration over power plant in North Africa
  • Arbitrated successor gas indices in power purchase agreement
  • Represented power plant in challenge and successful settlement of pipeline repair cost allocation dispute at Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities
  • Represented a generation company in a constitutional challenge to taxation of hydroelectric generating units
  • Represented generators successfully challenging proposed electric ratepayer-funded multi-billion dollar gas pipeline
  • Represented generators opposing subsidized billion-dollar international transmission line
  • Represented generator opposing price-suppression aspects of competitor's proposed liability must-run agreement
  • Represented trustees of $11 billion mutual fund in investigation of management contract


  • BTI Client Service All-Star (2022) 
  • Named by BOSTON MAGAZINE as a "New England Super Lawyer" (2009-2017) 
  • Named by BOSTON MAGAZINE as a "Massachusetts Super Lawyer" (2008) 
  • Named by BOSTON MAGAZINE as one of the “40 Bostonians to Watch” (June 2002) 
  • Named by the BOSTON BUSINESS JOURNAL as one of the forty outstanding business and community leaders under age forty in the greater Boston area (November 2001) 
  • BOSTON POLICE COMMISSIONER’S Community Service Award (August 2001)


  • Arbitrator, American Arbitration Association and International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution
  • International Chamber of Commerce, New England Arbitration Subcommittee  
  • New England Legal Foundation, Board Member 
  • Frank J. Murray Inn of Court, Board Member and Past President
  • Steering Committee, Boston Bar Association Business and Commercial Litigation Section, Past Member
  • Class Action Committee, Boston Bar Association, Member and Past Co-Chair
  • Bay Village Neighborhood Association, Past President 
  • Community Music Center of Boston, Past Board Member  
  • University Club of Boston, Member 
  • Boston Planning and Development Authority Impact Advisory Group, Member
  • Webinar, "Do You Really Have a Deal? Making and Enforcing Online Customer Agreements," (April 2021)
  • New England Legal Foundation Virtual Winter Forum, Meeting Corporate Sustainability and Profit Goals (December 2020)
  • Webinar, Critical Dispute Clauses in Times of Volatility and Disruption (May 2020)
  • Webinar, Advertising Class Actions for the Generalist In-House Counsel (May 2019)
  • Webinar, Arbitration Clauses: Who, What, Where, Why, When & How? (November 2017)
  • New England Legal Foundation, Massachusetts Class Action Outlook (April 2015)
  • Boston Bar Association, Challenges to Arbitration (November 2013)
  • George Mason University Law School Judicial Symposium, Arbitration (November 2013)
  • New England Legal Foundation, Key Supreme Court Business Cases (October 2013)
  • Law Seminars International, Aggregate Litigation After Class Actions (June 2013)
  • Class Actions and the Bankruptcy Code (Defense Research Institute, August 2002)
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Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts
  • Connecticut
  • New York

Court Admissions

  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York