John Xifaras

Hon. John M. Xifaras (Ret.)

JAMS Mediator, Arbitrator and Referee/Special Master

Case Manager
Kristen Schuck
T: 617-228-9121
F: 617-228-0222
One Beacon Street, Suite 2210, Boston, MA 02108


Judge Xifaras has handled a wide variety of professional liability disputes, including dental, medical, legal, accounting, and broker malpractice, fee disputes, and partnership distributions. His successful career as a litigator, judge, and ADR neutral coupled with the sensitivities involved in these types of cases makes him particularly well suited to resolve highly complex professional liability disputes.

Representative Matters

  • Accounting Malpractice: Mediation of investor’s malpractice claim against accounting firm for alleged negligence
  • Dental Malpractice: Mediated malpractice claim against dentist for alleged negligence in the extraction of teeth
  • Law Firm Distributions: Mediated claim of departing partner that his former firm failed to pay him proper distributions to which he was entitled
  • Legal Malpractice: Mediated malpractice claim of corporation against its attorney for failure to discover substantial assets and income in a business transaction
  • Medical Malpractice: Arbitrated malpractice claim against obstetrician/gynecologist physician for failure to properly diagnose
  • Medical Malpractice: Mediated malpractice claim against residential care facility operated by large national company for alleged failure to properly care for elderly patient
  • Member, Massachusetts Bar, Boston Bar, Bristol County Bar, and New Bedford Bar Associations
  • "Ecumenical Award and Saint Thomas Moore Award," Roman Catholic Diocese of Fall River
  • NAACP, New Bedford Branch: "In appreciation for the many services contributed to the New Bedford Branch of the NAACP and the black people in the community."
  • Associate Justice, Superior Court of Massachusetts
  • Associate Justice, New Bedford District Court
  • Private law practice for 22 years
  • Former Counsel to the NAACP, New Bedford, MA
  • Lectured before the Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc.
  • Panelist and lecturer before several employment and labor law conferences and institutes
  • Suffolk University Law School
  • Babson College



Practice Areas

Available nationwide


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