John Weaver
Associate, Corporate Department
300 TradeCenter
Suite 7000
Woburn, MA 01801

John is a member of the firm’s Real Estate Department and Privacy and Information Security Group. He is a sought after voice on legal issues involving artificial intelligence and emerging technologies.

As a real estate attorney, John advises clients in a wide variety of real estate matters. He serves as outside counsel to multiple regional and national companies, helping them manage their real estate holdings. He represents buyers and sellers in sales and acquisitions, negotiating purchase and sale agreements, reviewing title issues, conducting due diligence review, and coordinating closings. He works with landlords and tenants to draft leases and amendments and to resolve disputes between the parties. He helps lenders to secure collateral and borrowers to protect their ownership interest in their real property while financing. John also assists clients to resolve title disputes, clouds, and questions when they arise, both during and after transactions. He has extensive experience representing property owners before city councils, select boards, planning boards, zoning boards, and other municipal bodies.

As a privacy and information security attorney, John conducts risk assessments of clients’ security controls and prepares reports that identify both vulnerabilities and strategies to address those vulnerabilities. He negotiates data security agreements with clients’ customers and vendors to protect clients’ data and manage their liability. John has converted “end of company” data breaches and ransomware attacks to manageable events by calmly quarterbacking their data security teams – cyber liability and cyber crime insurance providers, forensic investigators, IT staff, etc. – to restore operations, evaluate legal obligations, and retain customer relationships. John also assists clients to comply with the growing and complicated array of domestic and global privacy laws, e.g., HIPAA, California Consumer Privacy Act, California Privacy Rights Act, European Union General Data Protection Regulation, etc.

As an emerging technologies lawyer, John advises a wide range of companies – from startups to international corporations – on regulatory and legal issues unique to those technologies, including consumer protection requirements governing artificial intelligence, regulations governing drones, state legislation affecting self-driving cars, and the impact of autonomous devices and programs on employees and consumers.

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. He is also a member of the board of editors and a columnist for The Journal of Robotics, Artificial Intelligence & Law.  John is a sought after speaker on topics related to law and emerging technologies, and has been interviewed by The AtlanticConsumer 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

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)

Recognitions

Best Lawyers in America: Ones to Watch
2021

Speaking Engagements

  • CPRA: It’s Not Just for California, TerraLex’s International Privacy Day Series (January 28, 2021)
  • “How Do You Solve a Problem Like Sophia? The Future of Legal Personhood for Artificial Generally Intelligent or Superintelligent AI Systems,” American Bar Association’s Artificial Intelligence and Robotics National Institute (October 2020)
  • PODCAST: “Navigating Through the Future Legal Issues Facing Emerging Technology Companies,” Future Tech Podcast (July 5, 2018)
  • “Artificial Intelligence and Governing the Lifecycle of Personal Data,” Richmond Journal of Law & Technology’s 2018 Artificial Intelligence and Law Symposium (February 23, 2018)  Click here for replay (John’s presentation begins at 5:06:30)
  • PODCAST: “Do Twitter ‘Bots’ Have First Amendment Rights?,” Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (February 20, 2018)
  • “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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