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300 TradeCenter
Suite 7000
Woburn, MA 01801
Tel: 781 904 2685

John Weaver

Associate, Real Estate and Corporate Departments

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Biography

John is a member of the firm's corporate and real estate practice groups. He has a diverse practice that focuses on land use, real estate, telecommunications, and emerging technologies, including artificial intelligence, self-driving vehicles, and drones. In his real estate practice, John assists clients to navigate land use regulations and permitting, draft leases, sell and acquire real estate, obtain financing, refinance existing loans, and negotiate title insurance policies. In the telecommunications field, John has extensive experience working with carriers and tower companies to permit and lease wireless facilities, while also advising clients on relevant local, state, and federal regulations. As an emerging technologies lawyer, John has advised a wide range of companies – from startups to international corporations – on regulatory and legal issues unique to those technologies, including data privacy concerns, regulations governing drones, state legislation affecting self-driving cars, and the impact of autonomous devices and programs on user and employment agreements.

John is the author of Robots Are People Too, released by Praeger Publishing, which explores legal issues implicated by autonomous technology and artificial intelligence, and a contributing writer at Slate magazine, where his articles focus on similar issues. John is also a sought after speaker on topics related to law and emerging technologies, and has been interviewed by The Atlantic, Consumer Reports, and the Boston Business Journal, among other media outlets.

John received his J.D., cum laude, from Boston College Law School and his B.A., magna cum laude, from Georgetown University

Admissions

  • Massachusetts
  • New Hampshire

Recognition

  • New England Super Lawyers Rising Star (2012, 2013, 2015)
  • John A. Graf Client Service Award (2013)
  • Union Leader New Hampshire 40 Under 40 (2013)
  • Jack Middleton Award for Pro Bono Service (2012)

Involvement

  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Standards Association, Global Initiative for Ethical Considerations in the Design of Autonomous Systems, Lawyer’s Committee
  • New Hampshire Bar Association Real Estate Section, Chair (2012 – 2014)
  • Manchester Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee, Chair (2011 – 2014)

Speaking Engagements

  • “Welcome to Your Obsolescence (or Artificial Intelligence in the Workplace),” American Bar Association Section of Labor & Employment Law National Symposium on Technology in Labor and Employment Law, Washington, DC (April 7, 2016).
  •  “Robots Are People Too: Artificial Intelligence and the Law,” Newton Free Library, Newton, MA (February 2, 2016).
  • “Laws That Are or May Be Applicable to Autonomous or Semi-Autonomous Land Vehicles,” Drone Law – New Challenges, New Opportunities CLE, Concord, NH (December 2, 2015).
  •  “Privacy Issues Associated with Autonomous Cars,” Technology May-Rathon, Boston, MA (June 5, 2015).
  • “Robots Are People Too – Artificial Intelligence and the Law,” Hudson Public Library, Hudson, MA (April 15, 2015).
  • “Zoning for Droning,” Mass Development, Boston, MA (April 1, 2015).
  • “Robots Are People, Too,” Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, Hamilton, MA (March 11, 2015).
  • Driverless Cars: Who’s ‘Driving’ and Who’s Responsible” (appearing with Todd Berg and Anna Eby), Legal Talk Network Podcast (February 20, 2015).
  • “Robots Are People Too: Artificial Intelligence and the Law,” Brookline Public Library, Brookline, MA (February 18, 2015).
  •  "Artificial Intelligence and the Law - Legal Changes to Address Technological Changes," Bolton Public Library, Bolton, MA (September 18, 2014).
  • “Robots Are People Too – Artificial Intelligence and the Law,” Portsmouth Public Library, Portsmouth, NH (June 12, 2014).
  •  “Legal Issues in Artificial Intelligence,” McLane & Middleton, Woburn, MA (March 11, 2014).
  • The Complex Relationship Between Humans & Robots(appearing with Maja J. Matarić, Pieter Abbeel, and Joanna Bryson), HuffPost Live Panel (Jan. 9, 2014)
  • “Real Estate in Probate,” Joint Meeting of New Hampshire Bar Association Elder Law and Real Property Sections (August 14, 2012).
  • “Real Estate Issues in Telecommunications and Utility Leases and Easements,” New Hampshire Bar Association Real Property Section (March 13, 2012).

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