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John C. Lightbody

John C. Lightbody

Partner / Chair of Public Utilities & Regulation Practice Group

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I enjoy the personal relationships and collaboration with clients in problem-solving and strategizing options. My focus is to help them be successful and achieve their goals in an effective and efficient manner.



John joined Murray Plumb & Murray in 1974 as the firm’s first associate. Attracted by the founding attorneys and what they represented for the future of law, he quickly became a driving force behind the firm. John is renowned for his successful handling of corporate and business matters, as well as issues related to economic regulation.
A partner of the firm since 1979, he also served as managing director from 1998-2008.

John has successfully handled a wide range of business matters for corporations, partnerships and LLCs, including formation and start-up, stock sales and transfers, acquisition and sale of businesses, liquidation, and dissolution. Additionally, he regularly represents telephone, electric, and ferry public utility companies in a wide variety of corporate, operational, financing, and regulatory matters. A former chairman of the Maine Motor Transport Association, John currently serves as an Executive Committee member. He brings a unique expertise in transportation law to the firm and represents a large number of trucking and transportation companies.

An experienced world traveler, John served in the Peace Corps in West Africa for two years, lived in Tokyo for a year and spent an extended period with his family living in China. He and his wife have lived in Falmouth with their family since 1974.


  • Harvard Law School, J.D., cum laude
  • Harvard College, B.A., cum laude

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Maine
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maine