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Partner - John H. Lawrence, Jr.

John H. Lawrence, Jr.


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John Lawrence focuses his practice on mergers and acquisitions, venture capital and private equity transactions, angel investments, private equity fund formation, and securities transactions in a broad range of industries, including aerospace, insurance and managed care, health care, energy and natural resources, and technology.  John represents public and private companies in merger and acquisition transactions, private equity and venture capital investments, joint ventures, recapitalizations, corporate governance matters, shareholder disputes and business separations and dissolutions. 

John has significant experience in transition planning for family-owned and closely-held businesses and assisting owners and management in preparing for and executing sale transactions and other transitions to the next generation of owners and management.  John’s broad range of experience as a general corporate and business lawyer has proven invaluable to business owners who have not been through a sale transaction and are unfamiliar with the complex and fast moving process.  John’s collaborative approach and breadth of knowledge of business, financial and tax issues, as well as his sensitivity to the complexities of family-owned or closely-held businesses, make him particularly well-suited to manage the legal aspects of a sale process that maximizes value to the current owners and positions the company for continued growth. 

John has testified on numerous occasions before the Judiciary, the Commerce and the Banks Committees of the Connecticut General Assembly on behalf of the Business Law Section of the Connecticut Bar Association in support of various amendments to the Connecticut Business Corporation Act, the Connecticut Entity Transactions Act; and he played a significant role in drafting and testifying in favor of the adoption of the Connecticut Benefit Corporation Act.  


Teaching Positions

  • University of Connecticut School of Law: Adjunct Professor, Corporate and Tax Planning for Business Transactions; 2006-present

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association: Section of Business Law, Corporate Laws Committee, Mergers and Acquisitions Committee, Acquisitions of Public Companies Subcommittee, M&A Jurisprudence Subcommittee, Private Target Model Merger Agreement Task Force, and Judicial Interpretations Subcommittee; Connecticut Liaison to Corporate Laws Committee; and Private Equity and Venture Capital Committee
  • Connecticut Bar Association: Business Law Section, Chair (2012-2014), Executive Committee
  • Hartford County Bar Association
  • American Health Lawyers Association

Community Involvement

  • Greater Hartford Legal Aid, Inc.: Former President and Director
  • Greater Hartford Legal Aid Foundation, Inc.: Former Director
  • Greater Hartford Arts Council: Board of Directors, Governance Committee
  • Hartford Hospital: Board of Corporators
  • The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts: Board of Overseers
  • The Hartford Club: Former President and Director and a member of the Board of Governors
  • World Affairs Council of Connecticut, Inc.: Former Director
  • XPX Connecticut, Inc.: Founding member and former Director
  • Buckingham Congregational Church:  Former Co-Chair of the Board of Deacons

Mezzanine Fund

Representation of a nationally recognized fund manager in the offering of over $1.0 billion of limited partner interests in three successive mezzanine funds, including review and revision of private offering memoranda and supplements, preparation of subscription agreements, limited partnership agreements, side letters and legal opinions, negotiation of the terms of the fund documents with institutional limited partners, and management of the various limited partner closings; and advice and consultation with fund manager on securities compliance, investment policies and objectives, venture capital operating company (VCOC) and other ERISA issues, allocation and distribution issues, limited partner reporting and disclosure issues, risk management and indemnification matters, advisory committee and conflict of interest issues, portfolio company investment transactions and workouts, dissolution and fund liquidations.

$98,000,000 Joint Acquisition of a 60 MW Energy Projects Operator

Represented Zahren Alternative Power Corporation (ZAPCO), a Connecticut-based owner and operator of 60 MW of renewable energy projects around the country, in its acquisition by U. S. Energy Systems, Inc., an independent power producer, and its joint venture partner, Cinergy Solutions, Inc., an affiliate of Cincinnati-based Cinergy Corp., one of the nation's leading diversified energy companies. The transaction, valued at approximately $98,000,000, included $10,000,000 in U. S. Energy Systems' common stock; $3,000,000 in convertible preferred stock; $12,000,000 in cash and approximately $73,000,000 in existing non-recourse project financing.


October 18, 2016  CT Attorneys Recognized as 2016 Super Lawyers
August 15, 2016  "Best Lawyers in America" Recognizes 39 Firm Attorneys
May 31, 2016  Chambers Recognizes 22 as Leaders in Their Field
October 19, 2015  CT Attorneys Recognized as 2015 Super Lawyers
August 17, 2015  "Best Lawyers in America" Recognizes 40 Firm Attorneys
May 19, 2015  Chambers Recognizes 23 as Leaders in Their Field
October 17, 2014  CT Attorneys Recognized as 2014 Super Lawyers
August 18, 2014  "Best Lawyers in America" Recognizes 39 Firm Attorneys
May 23, 2014  Chambers Recognizes 24 as Leaders in their Field
October 21, 2013  CT Attorneys Recognized as 2013 Super Lawyers
August 15, 2013  "Best Lawyers in America" Recognizes 35 Firm Attorneys
May 24, 2013  Chambers Recognizes 19 Lawyers as Leaders in Their Field
October 22, 2012  "Super Lawyers" Recognizes 51 Lawyers from Firm
September 13, 2012  Six Firm Attorneys Receive "Lawyer of the Year" Honors
August 24, 2012  "Best Lawyers in America" Recognizes 37 Firm Attorneys
June 7, 2012  Shipman & Goodwin Recognized by Chambers USA 2012
September 2, 2011  "Best Lawyers in America" Recognizes 30 Lawyers from the Firm
July 15, 2011  Shipman & Goodwin Recognized by Chambers USA 2011
April 2011  35 Shipman & Goodwin Attorneys Named a "Top Lawyer" in Hartford County
October 28, 2010  "Super Lawyers" Recognizes 47 Lawyers From Shipman & Goodwin LLP
September 23, 2010  "Best Lawyers In America" Recognizes 27 Lawyers from Shipman & Goodwin LLP
June 11, 2010  Shipman & Goodwin Recognized by Chambers USA 2010
October 27, 2009  Shipman & Goodwin Attorneys Named 2010 Connecticut Super Lawyers & Rising Stars
August 10, 2009  25 Shipman & Goodwin Attorneys Recognized as "2010 Best Lawyers in America"
June 22, 2009  Shipman & Goodwin Recognized by Chambers USA 2009
March 2, 2009  Shipman & Goodwin Attorneys Named 2009 Connecticut Super Lawyers & Rising Stars and Featured in Connecticut Magazine
December 4, 2008  Shipman & Goodwin Attorneys Recognized as "2009 Best Lawyers in America"
November 7, 2008  Shipman & Goodwin Attorneys Named 2009 Connecticut Super Lawyers & Rising Stars
July 15, 2008  Shipman & Goodwin Recognized by Chambers USA
April 25, 2008  Attorneys Named By Super Lawyers®
September 1, 2007  Nineteen Shipman & Goodwin Attorneys Named The Best Lawyers in America for 2008
September 1, 2005  Seventeen Shipman & Goodwin Attorneys Named The Best Lawyers in America for 2006

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  • University of Virginia School of Law, J.D., 1975
  • Washington and Lee University, B.S., 1968

Bar Admissions

  • Connecticut
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