John P. McCoy

John P. McCoy


Providence, Rhode Island
866-657-6250 (toll free)

John joined the firm in 1989. The focus of his practice is in the areas of real estate, including land use and permitting, business, creditor's rights, and Estate Planning and Administration. For 30 years he has handled all aspects of both residential and commercial real estate transactions, including representing lenders, buyers, sellers, and borrowers in both Rhode Island and Massachusetts. John has also served as local counsel to out of state developers and has issued numerous zoning and authority opinions in connection with loans to such clients. He has also appeared before many local Boards and Commissions seeking necessary Permits and approvals for residential and commercial Projects.

In addition, John personally counsels numerous small and midsize corporate clients on all aspects of business law, including formation and operations of businesses, contract preparation and review; and other related issues. He handles all estate planning and estate administration work for the firm. For several years, John has also represented a major utility in Rhode Island creditor issues and regulatory matters. John is also experienced in handling real estate litigation matters; particularly title clearing and Reformation actions.

John has served on several local Boards in his community. He has been the Chairman of the Cumberland Zoning Board since 2005, and was on the Board of Directors of the North Cumberland Fire District from 2008 - 2014. He was involved in the redrafting of the current Cumberland Zoning Code. He was also past president of the Abbott Run Valley Swim and Tennis Club.

Areas of Practice

  • Corporate
  • Real Estate – Sale, acquisition and permitting
  • Trusts and Estates
  • Creditor's Rights
  • Business and Real Estate Litigation

Litigation Percentage

  • 20% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Rhode Island, 1984
  • Massachusetts, 1983
  • U.S. District Court District of Massachusetts, 1985
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Rhode Island, 1995


  • Suffolk University Law School, Boston, Massachusetts
    • J.D. - 1983
  • Colgate University, Hamilton, New York
    • B.A. cum laude - 1980
    • Major: Political Science

Published Works

  • Keys to Success in a RI Real Estate Transaction, National Business Institute, 1996
  • Coauthor “A Practical Guide to Land Use Law in Rhode Island” MCLE 2017

Representative Clients

  • National Grid
  • First American Title Insurance Company
  • Brady Sullivan Properties
  • SyNet, Inc.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Rhode Island Bar Association Title Standards Committee, Member, 1991 - Present
  • Rhode Island Bar Association Probate & Trust Committee, Member, 1998 - Present

Past Employment Positions

  • Fessel, Goldman & Hirsch, Associate, 1983 - 1989
  • Carroll, Kelly & Murphy, Partner, 1989 - 2009

Pro Bono Activities

  • Chairman - Cumberland Zoning Board, 2005 - Present
  • Board of Directors - North Cumberland Fire District, 2008 - Present
  • Member - Cumberland Open Space Commision, 2004 - Present


  • Delta Kappa Epsilon