John J. Carroll Jr.

John Carroll

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John J. Carroll, Jr. was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts on October 19, 1946. He graduated Boston College in June 1968 and was commissioned a naval officer in October 1968. After serving three years in active duty, he enrolled in Boston University School of Law, graduating in 1974. After two years in private practice, John became a Legal Services Lawyer for the South Dakota Legal Services, serving the Pine Bridge and Rosebud Indian Reservations. Upon returning to Massachusetts in 1978, Carroll worked for two years with Merrimack Valley Legal Services. In 1979, he joined the Law Firm of James D. Casey as a trial lawyer. In 1980, he joined Parker, Coulter, Daley & White, leaving in 1985 to join Meehan, Boyle & Cohen (now Meehan, Boyle, Black & Bogdanow) where he is presently a director.

Carroll works hard to address the special needs of his clients. He knows that representing accident victims can take patience and compassion as well as forensic skills. He also has an acute understanding of the practical aspects of handling personal injury claims, having seen them from many vantage points. In the 1970’s, Carroll spent two years as an in-house lawyer for an insurance company, followed by several years as a defense attorney at a large litigation firm. It is there that he met his future Meehan, Boyle, Black & Bogdanow colleagues.

Carroll also has extensive experience in alternative dispute resolution. He has been a panel member of the American Arbitration Association for many years and is familiar with virtually all of the alternative dispute resolution processes which a personal injury client may encounter. He has sharpened his negotiation skills not only through years of practice and observation but also through formal and informal study.

For Carroll, being a lawyer has always been synonymous with helping people. In his early years as a lawyer, he traveled to South Dakota where he was a staff attorney on the Pine Ridge and Rosebud Indian Reservations. He describes working amidst great poverty as “a life-altering experience.”

Carroll’s commitment to serving those who cannot afford lawyers has continued throughout his career. He handled pro bono cases for the Boston Bar Association’s Volunteer Lawyers Project and has volunteered at the Catholic Lawyer’s Guild’s St. Francis House. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Greater Boston Legal Services. His interest in promoting “access to justice” is also reflected in his work on the Massachusetts Bar Association’s Judicial Administration Section Council, which he chaired in 1997-1998, and Individual Rights and Responsibilities Section Council which he chaired in 1998-1999. In January 2001 Carroll began an additional duty as a Hearing Officer at the Board of Bar Overseers. In 2002, he was elected to the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys Board of Governors, in 2003; he was elected to serve as a member of the House of Delegates of the Massachusetts Bar Association, and continues to serve in that position. In 2006, he was appointed to the executive committee of the MBA.

In 2008, Carroll received the President’s Award from the Massachusetts Bar Foundation. In 2010, he became the  MBA’s representative on the Equal Justice Coalition. He is also the past Chair of that coalition. In November 2012, he was appointed to a six year term as a lawyer member of the Commission of Judicial Conduct.

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Bar Admissions:

  • Massachusetts, 1974
  • South Dakota, 1976
  • U.S. District Court District of Massachusetts, 1974


  • Boston University School of Law, Boston, Massachusetts, 1974 – J.D.
  • Boston College, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, 1968 – B.A.


  • United States Navy, Lieutenant
  • Active Duty, 1968-1971
  • Naval Reserves, 1972-1976

Honors and Awards:

  • Massachusetts Bar Foundation President’s Award, 2008
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyers ® List, 2008 – Present
  • Arlington Catholic High School Hall of Fame 2017
  • Massachusetts Law Reform Institute, Catalyst for Change Honoree, 2017
  • MATA President’s Award, 2020

Professional Associations and Memberships:

Massachusetts Bar Association:

  • Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution, Massachusetts Bar Association, 1968-88
  • Chair, Judicial Administration, Section Council, Massachusetts Bar Association, 1997-98
  • Chair, Individual Rights and Responsibility, Section Counsel, 1998-99
  • Chair, Superior Court Caseflow Management Study, Massachusetts Bar Association, 2001-2002
  • Chair, Bench Bar Committee, Mass Bar Association, 2003
  • Member, House of Delegates, Massachusetts Bar Association, 2003-2010
  • Member, Executive Committee, Massachusetts Bar Association, 2006-2010
  • Member, Governance Committee, 2010 to 2016
  • Member, Nominating Committee to the American Bar Association, 2020-present

American Arbitration Association:

  • Panel Member, American Arbitration Association, 1985-1995

Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys:

  • Board of Governors, Mass Academy of Trial Lawyers, 2002-2010
  • Member, Executive Committee, 2020-present

Pro Bono Work:

  • Catholic Lawyers Guild, 1985-1990
  • Boston Bar Association’s Volunteer Lawyers Project, 1990-1995
  • Oliver Wendell Holmes Fellow, Massachusetts Bar Foundation
  • Board of Delegates, Greater Boston Legal Services, 1997 to Present
  • Grant Reviewer, Massachusetts Bar Foundation, 2000 Present
  • Hearing Officer, Board of Bar Overseers, 2001-2012
  • Member, Commission on Judicial Conduct, 2012-2018
  • Chair, 2016-2018
  • President’s Council, Pine Street Inn, 2013 to Present
  • Justice Bridge (UMass School of Law) Advisory Board, 2014 to Present
  • Lawyers Clearinghouse, Access to Justice Senior Fellow, 2016-2017
  • Justice Bridge (UMass School of Law) Advisory Board, 2014 to Present

Equal Justice Coalition

  • Member, Equal Justice Coalition,  Massachusetts Bar Association Representative, 2010-2013
  • Chair, Equal Justice Coalition, 2013 to Present

American Association for Justice

  • Member, 1995 to 2015


  • Voices of MLAC, 2017 (Senior Fellow Project)

Reported Cases

  • Kellen Churchwell v. United States, 545 F. 2D 59 (1976)
  • Minnie Reiser v. City of Boston (Summary Disposition), 8 Mass. App. Ct. 950 (1979)
  • Alter v. City of Newton, 35 Mass. App. 142 (1993)
  • Halbach v. Normandy Realty Partners, 90 Mass. App. Ct. 669 (2016)