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Curt Dooling Quoted in Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly Article on Recent SJC Decision DiCarlo v. Suffolk Construction Co., Inc., et al.

Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Pierce & Mandell attorney Curt Dooling was quoted in a Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly article on the recent Supreme Judicial Court decision of DiCarlo v. Suffolk Construction Co., Inc., et al. In DiCarlo, the SJC held that pain and suffering damages were not subject to a workers compensation lien pursuant to G. L. c. 152, § 15.

In the article, Dooling discussed the implication of the case on the settlement of personal injury claims. Dooling noted that workers compensation insurers are less likely to take a hard line in settlement discussions because the SJC has made it clear that pain and suffering damages are not subject to a workers compensation lien. Read Curt’s comments and the full article.

Bill Mandell Revisits the Need for Clarity under Massachusetts Law for Permitted Health Provider Disclosure to Protect Public Safety

Friday, June 17, 2016

by Bill Mandell

In the wake of yet another senseless mass killing tragedy I am posting an article I wrote in 2013 for the Boston Bar Association Health Law Reporter on the need for a new law in Massachusetts allowing health care providers to report dangerous persons or situations. Click here to read the article.

Tom Kenney quoted in Boston Globe article regarding Commonwealth School trademark litigation

Friday, June 17, 2016

Pierce & Mandell partner Tom Kenney, who chairs our Trademark and Copyright Practice Area, was recently quoted in a Boston Globe article on pending litigation between Boston’s The Commonwealth School and Springfield’s Commonwealth Academy. Tom discussed one of the cardinal principles of trademark protection and trademark litigation: who prevails is often determined by the extent to which the parties market to the same or a similar customer base. Read Tom’s comments and the full article here.

Dennis M. Lindgren Joins Board of Directors of the Natural Resources Trust (NRT) of Easton, Massachusetts

Friday, June 03, 2016

On May 17, 2016, Pierce & Mandell shareholder Dennis M. Lindgren joined the Board of Directors for the Natural Resources Trust (NRT) of Easton.  The NRT’s mission is to educate about significant natural and cultural resources and to acquire and preserve land of special character for the benefit of the public. The NRT promotes a land ethic in the community through environmental educational programming for youth, while at the same time preserving Easton’s rural character and heritage.  The NRT is steward to over 250 acres in Easton. Lindgren, a longtime resident of Easton and neighbor of the NRT, was honored to be asked to join the Board.  “My wife and I have enjoyed the beauty of the NRT for years, and have always admired the important environmental educational work the NRT does not only with the children of Easton, but with children from towns and cities throughout Eastern Massachusetts.  The NRT is the jewel of Easton and as a Director, I look forward to doing whatever I can to help it further its mission.”  More information about the NRT and the great work it does can be found at the following link: http://www.nrtofeaston.org/

Dennis M. Lindgren Leads MCLE Roundtable on Practicing with Professionalism for New Lawyers

Thursday, June 02, 2016

On May 16, 2016, Pierce & Mandell shareholder Dennis M. Lindgren led a lunchtime roundtable discussion for over 100 newly admitted lawyers in a program sponsored by Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (MCLE).  Pursuant to Supreme Judicial Court Rule 3:16, newly admitted lawyers in Massachusetts must take a one-day professionalism course within 18 months of admission.  Throughout the day, new lawyers attended seminars and training on a variety of topics including ethics, court practice, managing a law practice and client funds, and successful attorney-client relationships.  During the lunch session, Lindgren and four other experienced attorneys (in both criminal and civil practice), spoke for about an hour, fielding questions from attendees on all manner of practical legal issues like managing difficult clients, interacting with court personnel, and the advantages to developing a mentor relationship with a more senior attorney.  “This is the third roundtable I have participated in for MCLE’s Practicing with Professionalism course.  Each time the questions are different, but what is constant is how enjoyable it is to talk directly with the newly admitted attorneys and hopefully, in some small way, help them along the road to developing a successful legal career.”   For more information on MCLE’s Practicing with Professionalism course, please go to: http://www.mcle.org/main/practicingwithprofessionalism.

Michael Fee Responds to Lawyers Weekly Editorial on Land Court Rule Changes

Wednesday, June 01, 2016

Michael Fee is a member of the Land Court’s Alternative Litigation Options Working Group, which assisted the Land Court in drafting proposed rule changes designed to make trial practice in that forum more speedy and cost-effective. The proposed rule changes have proven somewhat controversial, however, and the editorial board of Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly recently took issue with some of them in the May 12 edition, suggesting that the right to waive written findings of fact and conclusions of law would inappropriately tempt litigants “to trade fundamental rights for speed.” Mr. Fee and other members of the Working Group respectfully disagree, and their recent response to the Lawyers Weekly editorial can be viewed here.

 

 

 

Pierce & Mandell Sponsor St. Camillus Health Center Golf Tournament

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Pierce & Mandell was  a proud sponsor of the third annual St. Camillus Health Center golf tournament held at Blissful Meadows Country Club in Uxbridge on May 24.  The tournament raised thousands of dollars for St. Camillus, a non-profit facility located in Whitinsville that provides rehabilitation, skilled nursing and short and long term care to the poor, sick and elderly.  Pierce & Mandell lawyers Robert Kirby, Bill Mandell, Michael Fee and Scott Zanolli braved challenging weather conditions in support of this very worthy charitable endeavor.

Pierce & Mandell, P.C. – Proud Sponsor of Boston Bar Association’s Law Day Celebration

Monday, May 23, 2016

Justice Rebecca Kourlis, founder of the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System, spoke on reforming legal education and expanding access to justice at the BBA’s Law Day dinner.  She was seen chatting with Bob Pierce.

Attorney Curtis B. Dooling Admitted to Supreme Court Bar - Boston, MA

Monday, May 16, 2016

On Monday, May 2, 2016 Pierce & Mandell, P.C. attorney Curtis B. Dooling was admitted to the Bar of the United States Supreme Court. Dooling was admitted along with fellow alumni of New England Law | Boston, where he graduated in 2006 and where he is an Adjunct Professor of Legal Research and Writing. United States Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts administered the oath to Dooling and his fellow admittees.

Dooling is also admitted to practice in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts and the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. Dooling is a litigator with a focus on tort litigation, real estate and land use litigation and commercial litigation.

House and Senate Pass BBA Bill Promoting Development

Monday, May 16, 2016

Michael C. Fee recently assisted the Boston Bar Association’s lobbying efforts in support of House and Senate Bills designed to clarify the scope of General Laws Chapter 40A, § 7, and codify the principle that non-compliant structures and uses that survive applicable statutes of limitations should be granted the status of a pre-existing, non-conforming structure or use, subject to the protections of G.L. c. 40A, § 6.

Michael testified before the Judiciary Committee, worked with Senate Ways and Means Committee staff, and conferred with Senator Keenan in an effort to move the bills forward.

The Senate version, S. 2259, passed last week, and the legislature is currently in the process of reconciling it with a House version (H. 3611) which passed last June. Click here to read the BBA’s press release on these endeavors.


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