A Firm Decision: Returning to the Practice of Law

I am well past the days of sippy cups and Cheerios; even the days of Little League games and surviving kids’ frenetic birthday parties are in the rearview mirror. With two young men launched, I am facing just one more high school graduation, and one more college application challenge. So, the time has come for… Continue reading »


“The times they are a-changing”

Ever since Donald Trump was elected President, I noticed an increase in activism. A day has not gone by in which I am not engaged in conversation about a Trump Policy. I realize that I was not concerned about the position I took or the position of the person I was talking with, but rather… Continue reading »



Years ago, my mother would proclaim that in Chelsea, her home town, they would declare: “Vote early, and vote often!” This year, on October 26th, I voted early. Massachusetts’ foray into early voting stems from a 2014 law, which stipulated that all municipalities must have at least one voting location open during business hours ahead… Continue reading »


Contract law and Texting

There is a new twist on Crosby, Still Nash and Young’s “Teach your children well” is now “Children teach your parents well!” R U K? This type of expression has become very familiar to us. Welcome to the world of texting. Until recently, I understood it to be a great and quick way to stay… Continue reading »


There Must Be 50 Ways to Leave Your Partners

Let me tell you about two different groups that went into business together: group one—3 College Buddies, group two—3 Neighborhood Friends. Among the College Buddies, there were no agreements. The business relationship flourished, and there was no reason for them to keep detailed records. Why should they? They were buddies! Their various enterprises either flourished… Continue reading »


Minimizing Litigation Headaches by Preserving Electronic Data

Companies embroiled in litigation today are increasingly finding that the requirements and burdens of litigation discovery today bear little resemblance to litigation fifteen, or even ten, years ago. As reliance on technology—e-mail, texting, electronically stored data, etc.—continues to grow, discovery has become more time consuming, expensive, confusing and difficult. Courts have begun to impose new… Continue reading »


Using Arbitration Agreements Wisely

Arbitration is an increasingly popular way for many businesses to resolve their disputes, with arbitration agreements appearing in ever more forums; from supply agreements and other business contracts, to employment contracts, to consumer contracts. The advantages of arbitration, when compared to litigation in court, are often numerous. These include greater predictability of litigation costs, reduced… Continue reading »


Using Strategic and Tactical Decision Making to Control Litigation Costs

It is, perhaps, too obvious to be worth noting that the costs of litigation are a primary source of friction between clients and their attorneys. Though a good attorney will do his or her best to advise a client of the likely costs of litigation at the outset of a case, all too often, as… Continue reading »


Insurance Defense: Who is Watching Out for Your Interests?

Suppose the unthinkable occurs and you or your business is involved in a serious accident and are sued. Fortunately, you have liability insurance and the insurance company agrees to cover and defend the case. Problem solved, right? Maybe not. While many people believe that the attorney appointed by the insurance company to defend the case… Continue reading »


Understanding Chapter 93A’s “Fair Dealing”

While its protection of consumers is well known to most Massachusetts businesses, Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 93A also prohibits businesses from engaging in unfair and deceptive business practices in their dealings with other businesses. The potential reach of Chapter 93A in this area is broad since, to constitute a violation of the statute, the conduct… Continue reading »

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