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John Garvey

John Garvey

John Garvey is a professor at the University of New Hampshire School of Law.

He started his legal career as a Lieutenant in the United States Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps. During his three years in the Navy, Lieutenant Garvey had a distinguished courtroom career and received both the Navy Achievement Medal and the American Bar Association Award for Professional Merit.

Upon completing his military tour in 1981, Professor Garvey joined Sulloway & Hollis, a prominent private firm in Concord, NH. During his 24 years at the firm, he devoted his time to a wide range of litigated matters and eventually became the chair of the litigation department; his practice focused primarily on commercial litigation, plaintiff’s personal injury, class actions and medical malpractice defense.

Garvey has directed the nationally acclaimed Daniel Webster Scholar Honors Program since the program’s inception in 2005. This first in the nation program for honors students prepares Webster Scholars for admission to the bar based upon rigorous evaluation of their practical legal skills as well as substantive knowledge of the law. .

Because of his work, Professor Garvey was selected to serve on the Carnegie Foundation’s Initiative on the Future of Legal Education and has been a frequent speaker at national and international events regarding the Webster Scholar program.  In 2011, the New Hampshire Bar Association awarded Professor Garvey the E. Donald Dufresne Award for Outstanding Professionalism for his pioneering efforts with the program. In 2013, he was named by National Jurist Magazine as one of the 25 most influential people in legal education. In 2015, the New Hampshire Bar Association presented him with the Distinguished Service to the Legal Profession Award.

In addition to being an experienced trial lawyer, Professor Garvey is a well-known mediator and arbitrator with nearly 25 years of experience.