One of Mr. John Hallal’s favorite contemporary American authors, Dennis Lehane grew up outside of Boston, Massachusetts, as the youngest of five children. After Boston College High School, Lehane enrolled at Eckerd College and then pursued his passion for writing as a creative writing graduate student at Florida International University. Lehane published his first book, A Drink Before War, in 1994, which won the Shamus Award for Best First P.I. Novel the following year. The book commenced a series based around two central characters, Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro. Gone, Baby, Gone, the fourth novel in the series, was the most popular, largely due to its conversion to the silver screen in 2007. Several of Lehane’s other works have also become films, including Mystic River and Shutter Island. Lehane published his most recent novel, The Given Day, in 2008. The book concentrates on two protagonists, a Boston Police patrolman and an amateur baseball player, after the end of the First World War when laborers were forming unions. The policeman struggles with a salary below the poverty level while the baseball player becomes involved with a local gangster to support his pregnant wife. When he is caught trying to cheat the gangster, he is forced to abandon his wife and make a living elsewhere. In November 2010, Lehane released Moonlight Mile, the sixth novel in the Kenzie and Gennaro series and a direct sequel to Gone, Baby, Gone. After saving Amanda McCready once, the detective duo must again seek her out at the age of 16, uncovering the seedy events of the previous decade in the process.
Founding Partner of Acceleration Law Group in Andover, Massachusetts, John Hallal offers an array of legal services to early stage companies in the health care, media, telecommunications, and Internet business sectors. With a deep background in business and private legal practice, John Hallal helps emerging entities with corporate, transactional, and litigation matters.
With personal experience arranging start-up capital, hiring key personnel, and arranging internal compensation structures for OrthoSupply Management LLC, John Hallal assists clients beginning in the earliest stages of entity formation. From his time as Vice President of Business Development for Rehab Medical Holdings, Inc., and OrthoRehab, Inc., John Hallal also possesses hands-on experience helping a company grow its distribution lines and product offerings.
John Hallal and his associates offer expertise in drafting a variety of commercial contracts, including those with consumers, distributors, joint venture partners, and vendors. As a former partner in a prominent Boston and D.C. law firm, John Hallal also shares his personal knowledge of how best to create and implement strategies to protect companies’ intellectual property. He has a strong track record litigating trade secret, non-compete, and non-disclosure agreements, with success in obtaining injunctions and judgments at trial.
John Hallal assists high growth companies with balancing their staffing needs with potential employees’ existing agreements with former employers. He also enforces covenants against departing employees and prevents corporate raids of intellectual property. If a company’s leadership decides to sell its operations or to acquire new ones, John Hallal can assist in those business transactions as well. Currently a member of Boston Harbor Angels, a group of informal investors, John Hallal leads due diligence efforts regarding future investments for the organization.
As Managing Director of Network Blue, Inc., he provides consulting to businesses regarding mergers and acquisitions, growth, marketing, and financing strategies. Furthermore, John Hallal and the professionals at Acceleration Law Group have helped companies maximize the value of their intellectual property through licensing agreements and assisted businesses with technology transfer during spin-offs. Named an Adjunct Professor at Babson College, John Hallal will teach a course in mergers and acquisitions in spring 2011. For the past six years, John Hallal has volunteered as a Coach for Andover Little League baseball and has supported Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Boston.