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John C. Lightbody

John C. Lightbody

Partner / Chair of Public Utilities & Regulation Practice Group

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    I enjoy personal relationships and collaboration with clients in problem-solving and strategizing options. My focus is to help them be successful and achieve their goals in an effective and efficient manner.



    John joined Murray Plumb & Murray in 1974 as the firm’s first associate. Attracted by the founding attorneys and what they represented for the future of law, he quickly became a driving force behind the firm. John is renowned for his successful handling of corporate and business matters, as well as issues related to economic regulation.
    A partner of the firm since 1979, he served as managing director from 1998-2008.

    John has successfully handled a wide range of business matters for corporations, partnerships and LLCs, including formation and start-up, stock sales and transfers, mergers, acquisitions, sale of businesses, liquidation, and dissolution. Additionally, he regularly represents telephone, electric, and ferry public utility companies in a wide variety of corporate, operational, financing, and regulatory matters. A former chairman of the Maine Motor Transport Association, John currently serves as an Executive Committee member. He brings a unique expertise in transportation law to the firm and represents a large number of trucking and transportation companies.

    An experienced world traveler, John served in the Peace Corps in West Africa for two years, lived in Tokyo for a year, and spent an extended period with his family living in China. He and his wife have lived in Falmouth with their family since 1974. He has completed three Ironman races and run marathons on three continents.


    • Harvard Law School, J.D., cum laude
    • Harvard College, B.A., cum laude

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    • Maine and Cumberland County
    • U.S. District Court for the District of Maine

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