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Pierce & Mandell Attorneys Recognized as Super Lawyers and Rising Stars 2015

Wednesday, November 04, 2015

Pierce & Mandell, P.C. is proud to announce that partners Bob Pierce, Bill Mandell, Michael Fee and Dennis Lindgren have been selected as 2015 Massachusetts Super Lawyers.  Associates Paul Hourihan and Curtis Dooling have been designated 2015 Massachusetts Rising Stars.

Bob Pierce was recognized as a Super Lawyer in the practice of Civil Litigation Defense, Bill Mandell in Health Care Law, Michael Fee in Business Litigation and Dennis Lindgren in Plaintiff’s Personal Injury.  Paul Hourihan was recognized as a Rising Star in the practice of Civil Litigation Defense and Curtis Dooling in Land Use/Zoning Law.

Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process is multi-phased and includes independent research, peer nominations, and peer evaluations.  Rising Stars are those attorneys under the age of 40 who have been nominated by peers for excellence in their chosen practice area.  Candidates are then evaluated utilizing twelve indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement.  No more than 3 percent of eligible lawyers in Massachusetts are named to the Rising Star list each year.

The Super Lawyers supplement will be published in the November, 2015 issue of Boston Magazine and is widely distributed in regional publications and across the country.

For information or assistance from Pierce & Mandell, P.C., contact us.

Pierce & Mandell partner Michael C. Fee Appointed to Boston Bar Association Council

Monday, July 27, 2015

Michael C. Fee was recently appointed to a four-year term, commencing in September, as a member of the Council of the Boston Bar Association (BBA).  The BBA is one of the oldest bar associations in the United States and the hub of the legal profession in Boston.  Its mission is to advance the highest standards of excellence for the legal profession, facilitate access to justice, and serve the community at large. Headquartered at 16 Beacon Street in the historic Chester Harding House, the BBA has more than 12,000 members drawn from private practice, corporations, government agencies, legal aid organizations, the courts, and law schools. The 34 member Council, headed by incoming President Lisa Arrowood, governs the activities of the BBA and its more than 100 sections and committees, dedicated to the study of substantive areas of law, improving the delivery of legal services, and promoting diversity and inclusion in both the profession and our courts.

Are Chimpanzees Human Enough To Be Granted Some Human Rights by Karen Rabinovici

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

by Karen Rabinovici

Pierce & Mandell associate attorney Karen Rabinovici takes on the unusual topic in the July 2015 edition of Massachusetts Lawyers Journal in an article entitled  “Are Chimpanzees Human Enough To Be Granted Some Human Rights?” The article describes two chimpanzees – Hercules and Leo, both 8, - who have both been used in research at Stony Brook University in New York and are at the center of a court proceeding. The judge in the case has ordered Stony Brook to defend its detention of the chimps, whose freedom the Nonhuman Rights Project is advocating for, arguing that because chimpanzees have skills similar to human reasoning and self-determination, such captivity amounts to unlawful imprisonment.

“The Nonhuman Rights Project’s ultimate goal is to free the captive chimpanzees (along with others) and move them to a sanctuary where they can live as naturally as possible amongst other chimpanzees,” Rabinovici writes. “It has long been accepted that chimpanzees possess many characteristics originally believed to be exclusive to human beings. So the question is, do chimpanzees have enough human characteristics to be granted some human rights?”

León Rodriguez: The Guardian of the Melting Pot

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Pierce & Mandell Founding Partner William Mandell talks with Boston College Law School Magazine about then fellow student and now U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Director León Rodriguez.

Pierce and Mandell shareholder, Bill Mandell, was not surprised when fellow Boston College Law School student León Rodriguez was recently confirmed by the U.S. Senate as Director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the nation’s top immigration agency.

Mandell and Rodriquez met during their involvement in the Holocaust/Human Rights Project at BC Law during the 1980s, a student run project that confirmed Rodriquez decision to attend a law school founded in the Jesuit tradition, according to Boston College Law School Magazine writer Peter Perl, who profiles Rodriquez and his assent to the nation’s top immigration post in the summer issue of the BC Law Magazine.

“He is a mensch, a true, true mensch,” Mandell ’86 tells the magazine, adding that Rodriguez was extremely effective in lobbying faculty and students to support the Project. Mandell says he and the late Owen M. Kupferschmid ’85 (for whom the project is now named) had tried hard to attract a diverse group of students to the Project “and were excited when a guy named Rodriguez shows up. But he turns out to be Jewish! A Turkish Jew…from a Cuban family! We laughed and said, ‘This guy’s perfect. He breaks all the stereotypes.”

Thirty years later, the Owen M. Kupferschmid Holocaust/Human Rights Project of Boston College Law School endures, drawing international attention for its study of accountability for genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Photo Credit: Stephen Voss Photography

Pierce & Mandell partner Michael C. Fee is elected Sudbury Town Moderator

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Michael C. Fee was elected in March to a three-year term as the Moderator for the Town of Sudbury.  The Town’s Annual Meeting commenced on May 4, and concluded after four sessions on May 11.  Sudbury has one of the oldest, continuous open-town meeting traditions in the nation, and Mr. Fee is honored to be part of that treasured history.

Tom Kenney of Pierce and Mandell Will Serve as Program Chair at the Massachusetts Bar Association Conference on May 14, 2015 - Boston, MA

Thursday, May 07, 2015

On May 14, 2015, Tom Kenney will serve as Program Chair at the Massachusetts Bar Association conference entitled "Trademark Acquisition and Enforcement: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly." Mr. Kenney’s presentation will address a wide variety of topics including trademark selection and enforcement, and how to defend trademarks against attacks from bullies and other villains.

 

 

 

 

Tom Kenney of Pierce and Mandell Will Be Speaking at the Massachusetts Bar Association Conference - Boston, MA

Friday, April 17, 2015

On May 14, 2015, Tom Kenney will be speaking at the Massachusetts Bar Association conference entitled "Trademark Acquisition and Enforcement: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly." Mr. Kenney’s presentation will address a wide variety of topics including trademark selection and enforcement, and how to defend trademarks against attacks from bullies and other villains.

The Eddie Mandell Memorial Scholarship Fund - Boston, MA

Monday, March 23, 2015

Close to our heart at Pierce & Mandell is a scholarship fund that supports hardworking and gifted Boston high school students who cannot afford the price of college. Named for founding partner Bill Mandell’s father, who was not able to attend college and tried to help kids with their dream of a college education during his lifetime, the Eddie Mandell Memorial Scholarship Fund raises money to fund college scholarships for graduating Boston Public School seniors.

“While he never had the financial means to attend college, he felt that education was the great equalizer in our society, and that a college education was of vital importance in opening up the doors of opportunity, fulfilling one’s dreams and becoming fully enfranchised in American society,” says founding Pierce & Mandell partner Bill Mandell about his late father Eddie.

The Fund has raised and distributed over $100,000 to students in direct scholarships through uAspire and has changed lives that might not have found a college track and a road to better future.

2014 Eddie Mandell Scholar Kordell Harris, who is studying business at Bentley University, says the scholarship support has changed his life. “My family is extremely proud, looking at how far I came, living around violence and having the opportunity to go to almost the best business school in the country. Coming from a family with a single mother working very hard, and staying on me to do better in school, made me want to set high goals for myself,” said Harris.

In Praise of Judge Mary Beatty Muse

Monday, March 09, 2015

by Simone Gaines

The recent news of the passing of retired Judge Mary Beatty Muse at the age of 94 was felt throughout the legal community, particularly among the many women in the profession whose path in law and on the judiciary was made easier by Judge Muse’s extraordinary career.

As a third year law student at Suffolk University and law clerk at Pierce & Mandell, I have become very active in the Women’s Bar Association and the Suffolk University Women’s Law Association, which are jointly sponsoring a networking event March 17 for third-year women as they prepare to hit the ground in search of their careers. The “Backpacks to Briefcases” event celebrates the role of women in the legal profession and will include a panel of women already in their law careers.

There may be no better example of a remarkable career than that of Judge Muse, who had three children while going through law school and eventually had 11 children while also pursuing a highly successful career after graduating from Boston College Law School in 1950. At the age of 62, she was appointed to the Suffolk County Probate and Family Court where she remained on the bench until her mandatory retirement at the age of 70.

Her success, however, was not something she coveted for herself, but used as a means for engaging more women into the profession and encouraging them to advance.

Her son Chris, a Superior Court Judge, told The Boston Globe  that his mother worked tirelessly to encourage women as she encountered them.

“My mother would say, ‘We’re here to strategize to get women on the bench,’ ” said Chris Muse. “To those who found the prospect of trying to break the judiciary’s gender line daunting, “she said: ‘There are no barriers, just obstacles. And obstacles are opportunities.’ ”

As we prepare for our Suffolk event, it is fitting that we honor a woman who opened doors for women in law for more than 50 years. For more on the event, go to www.womensbar.org/calendar

Pierce and Mandell Associate Karen Rabinovici Writes Article for “Massachusetts Lawyers Journal” – Boston, MA

Thursday, January 08, 2015

An article entitled “’Puppy Doe’-inspired legislation will further protect abused animals" by Pierce and Mandell associate Karen Rabinovici recently appeared in the January 2015 edition of Massachusetts Lawyers Journal. The article details the passage of recent Massachusetts legislation designed to better protect animals and appropriately punish perpetrators of abuse.


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