Attorney Markey grew up in New Bedford as part of a large extended family. John’s father Jack served for six terms as Mayor of the City of New Bedford. Later, Jack spent eighteen years as the Presiding Justice of the New Bedford District Court. John’s mother Carol was an elementary school teacher committed to her students and her family. Attorney Markey learned the importance of integrity, hard work and community service through the example of his parents.

After attending public and parochial elementary schools in New Bedford, Attorney Markey graduated from Bishop Stang High School in North Dartmouth. While at Stang, Attorney Markey was a member of the varsity basketball, soccer and golf teams. Attorney Markey’s determination and character were recognized when he won the Carlin Lynch Award as the Bishop Stang Student-Athlete who best represented the values of the school.

After graduating from high school, Attorney Markey attended and graduated from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts. After college, Attorney Markey spent ten years as a high school history teacher and coach at Xavier High School in Middletown, Connecticut. While teaching, Attorney Markey attended night school at the University of Connecticut School Of Law.

After graduating from law school magna cum laude, Attorney Markey served as a law clerk to his mentor Judge Edward F. Harrington in the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts, before returning to work as a trial attorney in New Bedford.

In addition to his work at Markey & Walsh, Attorney Markey has also served as City Solicitor and as an Assistant City Solicitor for the City of New Bedford and he has served as an Adjunct Instructor at the University of Massachusetts School Of Law. Attorney Markey has also served the Greater New Bedford Community as a member of: the Board of Trustees at the Nativity Prep School; the President’s Advisory Council for Bishop Stang High School; and as the Chairman of the Greater New Bedford Catholic Schools Advisory Board. Attorney Markey lives in New Bedford with his wife Lynne and their four children: Jennifer, Mckenna, Jackson, and Xave.


  • University of Connecticut School of Law, Magna Cum Laude, Hartford, Connecticut 1996
  • College of the Holy Cross, Bachelor of Arts, History, Worcester, Massachusetts 1986
  • Bishop Stang Hugh School, New Bedford, Massachusetts 1982

Contact Attorney Markey

Phone: (508) 993-9711

Fax: (508) 993-0469


Areas of Practice

Attorney Markey is licensed to practice law in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut.

Trial Attorney: For more than twenty years, Attorney Markey has advocated on behalf of hardworking individuals and small business owners from the Southcoast and beyond. Attorney Markey has tried scores of civil cases to verdict before juries and judges in a variety of courts, including: the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts; the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Land Court; the Superior Courts of Bristol, Plymouth, Barnstable, Norfolk and Suffolk Counties; and the District Courts in New Bedford, Fall River, Taunton, Attleboro, Wareham, and Plymouth.

Trusted Advisor: Throughout his career as an attorney, Attorney Markey has earned the respect and confidence of hundreds of individual and business clients. Attorney Markey has provided personal guidance, professional advice, and business direction to individuals and small businesses facing legal issues and business challenges. Attorney Markey takes pride in offering timely and creative solutions to clients as they seek to improve their personal circumstances and grow their businesses.

Municipal Law Expert: Attorney Markey has used his experience as City Solicitor, Assistant City Solicitor and as legal counsel to Dartmouth Fire District # 3 and the Wareham Fire District to hone his skills in the area of Municipal Law. Attorney Markey also taught the Municipal Law in the Legal Skills Program at the University of Massachusetts School of Law. In addition, Attorney Markey has represented dozens of private individuals seeking to improve their homes and their properties before Zoning Boards, Planning Boards, Conservation Commissions, Licensing Boards, and other local agencies in the Southcoast.