Giovanni La Terra Bellina


John advises clients on corporate, insolvency and environmental issues, with a focus in litigation before the Federal and State Courts of Rhode Island and Massachusetts. He represents businesses and owners in contractual, shareholder, environmental and general commercial disputes. His years of experience has benefited his clients by providing them with strategic advice in the formation, development and appreciation of a business. In addition to his 20 years of litigation experience, John is regularly appointed as a Receiver of insolvent entities wherein he has operated business as “going concerns” and liquidated assets for the benefit of creditors.

John’s years of experience dealing with distressed businesses, has benefited clients by assisting them in maneuvering through a business environment to avoid pitfalls experienced by others and to reap the rewards of successful business decisions.

John has also been appointed by the Court and sought after by parties to act as a mediator to resolve business disputes.

Notable Experience

  • John successfully defended Rhode Island auto dealers against a class certification for claims related to the violation of Rhode Island Department of Motor Vehicle regulations. Through John’s efforts before the Superior and Supreme Courts of Rhode Island the regulations were deemed improperly promulgated and the case was dismissed.

More about John

John lives in Johnston, RI with his wife, Lori, and their three sons, Lucio, Dario and Alessio.  John enjoys gardening, baking, making wine and cheese, woodworking and spending time with his family.

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  • Boston University (B.A.)
  • Roger Williams University School of Law (J.D.)

Bar Admissions

  • Rhode Island
  • Massachusetts
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Rhode Island
  • U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts
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