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John Weaver

Associate, Corporate Department

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John is a member of the firm's Corporate Department and Privacy and Data Security Practice Group. He has a diverse practice that focuses on privacy, cyber security, commercial real estate, land use, and emerging technologies, including artificial intelligence, self-driving vehicles, and drones.

As a data privacy and security attorney, he assists clients to comply with domestic and global privacy laws (e.g., CCPA, FERPA, GDPR, etc.), respond to data breaches and incidents, conduct information risk assessments, remediate security gaps, negotiate data licensing and processing agreements, and evaluate acquisition targets for data liabilities.

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 user and employment agreements.

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.

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 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.


  • Massachusetts
  • New Hampshire


  • New England Super Lawyers Rising Star (2012-2013, 2015-2019)
  • John A. Graf Client Service Award (2013)
  • Union Leader New Hampshire 40 Under 40 (2013)
  • Jack Middleton Award for Pro Bono Service (2012)


  • 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

  • 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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