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John J Clifford attorney pembroke ma clifford & kenny LLP South Shore

John J. Clifford


Prior to opening a law practice in 2007, John Clifford worked as a Town Administrator, most recently from 1999 – 2007 for the Town of Marshfield.  Prior to going into private practice, Attorney Clifford was a member of the Joint Labor-Management Committee for Police and Fire (“JLMC”) for ten years.  He also served as an elected member of the East Bridgewater School Committee for two (2) years.


Attorney Clifford has represented clients before the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, the Department of Labor Relations, the Department of Unemployment Assistance and the Civil Service Commission.  In addition to significant experience in the area of collective bargaining and litigation, he is well-versed in the area of municipal health insurance including Chapter 69 of the Acts of 2011, the Municipal Health Insurance Reform Act.  He advised the towns of Rockland, Marshfield, Kingston, Norwell, Scituate, Pembroke, Hull and Hingham on implementation of health insurance reform under that Act.


Attorney Clifford has lectured before the Massachusetts Municipal Association, the Massachusetts Municipal Managers Association, the Massachusetts Association of School Committees, the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents, the Fire Chiefs Association of Massachusetts and the Southeastern Massachusetts Chiefs of Police.  These lectures have covered a wide variety of topics, including general human resource principals, collective bargaining, employee discipline, social and digital media in the workplace, use and abuse of sick leave, police and fire injured-on-duty claims, the Family and Medical Leave Act and other areas. Attorney Clifford also provides consulting and teaching services for the Edward J. Collins, Jr. Center for Public Management.


  • Juris Doctor, New England School of Law

  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Massachusetts

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