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John J. Moran


Meet John, a seasoned business lawyer who offers sound, strategic advice to businesses across emerging and mature industries, guiding them through every stage of their lifecycle, from start-up and funding to growth and exit – and all of the crucial steps in between.

John J. Moran


207 228-7105 direct
207 774-1200 main
207 774-1127 facsimile

100 Middle Street
PO Box 9729
Portland, ME 04104-5029

  • The Best Lawyers in America® 2024 “Ones to Watch”
    Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)
    Corporate Governance and Compliance Law
    Corporate Law
  • The Best Lawyers in America® 2023 “Ones To Watch”
    Corporate Law
    Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)
    Corporate Governance and Compliance Law

Here’s why you’ll enjoy working with him.

John practices in all areas of business law, providing counsel and advice to a broad array of corporate clients on matters ranging from mergers and acquisitions, debt and equity financings, intellectual property development and licensing, as well as general business and corporate matters. As a dedicated counselor, John provides his clients with thoughtful guidance through the ins and outs of starting and scaling a business in a rapidly changing and expanding industry.

John advises a number of entrepreneurial business clients, including craft breweries, distilleries, distributors, and other food and beverage companies, regarding start-up formation, brand protection, corporate governance, and federal and state regulatory licensing and compliance issues. He takes the time to understand his clients’ short-term and long-term goals, and his passion for the craft food and beverage industry has also evolved into an avid, personal interest. John is the author of The Brew Kit, a practical guide to starting, owning, and operating a craft brewery, plus state licensing requirements for the State of Maine.

A graduate of the University of Maine School of Law, John’s academic accomplishments earned him the Justice Harry P. Glassman Memorial Fund Scholarship and the CALI Award for Top Performance in Law and Religion.


In his former life, John was:

  • A business associate at another Portland, Maine law firm
  • A legal extern with both the Maine District Courts and the Appellate Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of Maine
  • A legal writing teaching assistant for the University of Maine School of Law’s Legal Writing Program
  • Executive Editor for the Ocean and Coastal Law Journal

When John isn’t working, he is…

Supporting local food and beverage businesses, homebrewing, and following the Boston Red Sox, New England Patriots, and Tottenham Hotspur. He is also interested in do-it-yourself projects.



JD, University of Maine School of Law, 2014 magna cum laude
BA, University of Maine, 2010, magna cum laude

Admitted to practice
State of Maine
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
U.S. District Court, District of Maine
U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts
U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit