Honorable John Agostini

"To some, much has been given, and from them much is expected. 
John Agostini – you have done what your community would expect from you and a great deal more."   

Words of recognition spoken upon his being

Presented with the Saint Thomas More Medal

By Bishop Timothy A. McDonnell on September 29, 2013 


Judge Agostini is a resident of Williamstown where he received his early education.  He received his undergraduate degree in Physics and Astronomy, cum laude, from Williams College, and completed his law studies at Washington and Lee University School of Law in 1979.

The young John Agostini began his law career later that year in the Berkshire District Attorney’s office as an Assistant District Attorney.  Beginning in 1982, Attorney Agostini was an associate and later a partner in the firm of Cain, Hibbard, Myers & Cook, P.C., during which time he was admitted to Fellowship in the American College of Trial Lawyers at the young age of forty-five.   He was appointed an Associate Justice of Superior Court in 2002

John Agostini has always been an achiever, but he has achieved as much too for the community.  While a student at Williams College he was awarded the Hy Patachnick Scholar-Athlete Scholarship in 1973 in recognition of both his academic accomplishments and his skills on the fields, especially football.  Once he completed his formal education and had begun his law career, John Agostini readily gave back to the community that gave him his start, and in many ways.  A few of those ways include serving on the Williams College Advisory Committee on Shareholder Responsibility, serving as co-chairperson of the Mt. Greylock Regional High School Community Spirit Fund, serving as a coach, director and president of the local Little League organization, serving on the Williamstown Finance Committee, the Williamstown Elementary School Building Committee, and the elementary school’s Endowment Fund.  He is a past recipient of Williamstown’s highest honor – the Faith Scarborough Award

While a practicing attorney, John Agostini served the legal profession as president of the Berkshire Bar Association, as an active member of several committees of the Massachusetts Bar Association, and as the author of articles published by Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc. on such topics as Third-Party Damages:  Contribution and Indemnification and Slip and Fall.  For twenty years, he was a member of the Western Massachusetts Pro Bono Referral Panel, and for fifteen of those years he served as a Treatment Monitor for the Berkshire Division of the Probate and Family Court.

Judge Agostini and his wife, Nancy, are the proud parents of three sons.  With his family, he attends Saints Patrick & Raphael Church in Williamstown.