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Areas of practice:

  • Municipal and civil rights litigation
  • Civil litigation
  • Employment law
  • Automobile torts
  • Toxic torts

Admitted:

  • 1982, Massachusetts
  • 1983, New Hampshire; U.S. District Court, District of New Hampshire; U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts; U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit
  • 1998, U.S. Supreme Court

Education:

  • J.D., magna cum laude, Boston College Law School, 1982
  • B.A., summa cum laude, University of New Hampshire, 1979

Memberships:

  • Boston Bar Association
  • New Hampshire Bar Association
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Massachusetts Defense Lawyers Association (Director, 2005-present)
  • International Association of Defense Counsel
  • Federal Bar Association – Mass. Chapter (Board of Directors, 2010 – )
  • American Board Of Trial Attorneys

Honors & awards:

Publications:

  • "The Public Forum Doctrine and Public Housing: Can You Say That There?" 21 B.Y.U.J. of Pub. L. 323 (2007)
  • "Andover Housing Auth. v. Shkolnik: The Duty To Make Reasonable Accommodations Under The Fair Housing Laws," 7 Mass. Bar Assn. Section Review 52 (2005)
  • "Governmental Entities Mass. Premises Liability," MCLE Books (1997-2004 Update)
  • "Liability of A Premises Owner For the Provision of Security: The Massachusetts Experience" 29 Suffolk L. Rev. 51, 1995
  • "Parental Tort Immunity: Spare the Liability, Spoil the Parent?" 25 New Eng. L. Rev. 1161, 1991
  • "Comparative Negligence in New Hampshire: Its Effect on Contributory Negligence and Tort Law," 22 Suffolk Law Review 1, 1988
  • "Freedom of The Press: An Emerging Privilege," 67 Marq. L. Rev. 33, 1983. Law Clerk to Justices of the New Hampshire Superior Court, 1982-1983

Reported cases:

  • Papadopoulos v. Target Corp., 457 Mass. 368 (2010)
  • Anderson v. Fall River Housing Authority, 2008 US Dist Lexis 71128 (D. Mass. 2008); Vallee’s Case, 72 Mass. App. Ct. 1117 (2008)
  • Watson v. Town of Bellingham, 2006 US Dist Lexis 37796 (D. Mass. 2006)
  • Andover Housing Authority v. Shkolnik, 443 Mass. 300, 820 N.E.2d 815 (2005)
  • Stonehill College v. MCAD, 441 Mas. 549 (2004)
  • Lopez v. Lynn Housing Authority, 440 Mass. 1029 (2003)
  • Dellapace v. Worcester Housing Authority, 58 Mass. App. Ct. 1103, 788 N.E.2d 1021 (2003)
  • New Bedford Housing Authority v. Olan, 435 Mass. 364, 758 N.E.2d 1039 (2001)
  • Commonwealth v. Wallace, 431 Mass. 705, 730 N.E.2d 275 (2000)
  • New Bedford Housing Authority v. Olan, 50 Mass. App. Ct. 188, 736 N.E.2d 410 (2000)
  • Boston Housing Authority v. Howard, 427 Mass. 537, 695 N.E.2d 192 (1998)
  • Barnes v. Metropolitan Housing Assistance Corp., 425 Mass. 79, 679 N.E.2d 545 (1997)
  • Walker v. Georgetown Housing Authority, 424 Mass. 671, 677 N.E.2d 1125 (1997)
  • Murray v. Karzon, 423 Mass. 1007, 667 N.E.2d 1156 (1996)
  • Ruggiero v. Infinity Satellite Systems, Inc., 18 M.D.L.R. 51 (MCAD 1996)
  • Dulgarian v. Stone, 420 Mass. 843, 652 N.E.2d 603 (1995)
  • Heywood v. Town of North Andover, 38 Mass. App. Ct. 1103, 644 N.E.2d 987, rev. denied 419 Mass. 1108, 646 N.E.2d 1071 (1995)
  • Doe v. New Bedford Housing Authority, 417 Mass. 273, 630 N.E.2d 248 (1994)
  • Veneziano v. Tetlow Realty Associates, Inc., 35 Mass. App. Ct. 1117, 624 N.E.2d 128 (1993), rev. denied 416 Mass. 1111, 629 N.E.2d 1004 (1994); Dulgarian v. Stone, 2 Mass. L. Rptr. 25 (Middlesex Sup. Ct. 2/23/94)
  • Wheeler v. Boston Housing Authority, 34 Mass. App. Ct. 36, 606 N.E.2d 916, rev. denied 414 Mass. 1104, 609 N.E.2d 89 (1993)
  • H.U.D. v. Dedham Housing Authority, Fair Housing-Fair Lending Rptr. Para. 25,015; 25,023; & 25,031 (P.H. 1992)
  • Barranco v. Milford Housing Authority, 408 Mass. 502, 562 N.E.2d 74 (1990)
  • Davis v. Bretton, 729 F. Supp. 189 (D. NH 1989)
  • Lowery v. Airco, Inc., 725 F. Supp. 82 (D. Mass. 1989)
  • Choy v. First Columbia Mgmt, Inc., 676 F. Supp. 28 (D. Mass. 1987)
  • Morgan v. Bereika, 19 Mass. App. Ct. 1110, 475 N.E.2d 439 (1985)

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