Debra Squires-Lee


Debra Squires-Lee is a partner in the firm’s Litigation Department, co-chair of the Business Litigation and Professional Liability Practice Groups, and co-chair of the firm's Mentoring Committee. Debra concentrates on legal malpractice defense and complex commercial litigation. She defends lawyers and law firms in professional malpractice cases and before the Board of Bar Overseers. She also defends companies in “bet the company” litigation, including defense of trade secret misappropriation claims, complex contract disputes, and claims for violation of C. 93A.

Deb is a lawyer to whom clients turn when they need an aggressive but practical approach to difficult matters, and her clients rely on her to create and implement a successful strategy when defending or avoiding litigation. She believes in a collaborative approach and involves her clients in every aspect of their defense.

Debra was appointed by the Justices of the Supreme Judicial Court to the Board of Bar Examiners for a five-year term in October, 2014. The Board is responsible for examining the character and fitness of all applicants to the bar of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. She has also served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Scituate Animal Shelter, a 501(c )(3) non-profit animal shelter, since 2014.  The mission of the shelter is “To improve the quality of life for both the companion animals and the people of our community by providing shelter and placement for homeless animals and support through community services and education.”

Prior to joining the firm, Debbie worked in the Litigation Department of WilmerHale in Boston and was with the Boston firm of Hill & Barlow, PC. Following law school, Debbie clerked for the Honorable Michael B. Mukasey, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Debbie wrote for the New York University Law Review and was a member of the Order of the Coif while attending New York University School of Law.

 Representative Experience

  • Obtained defense verdict on all counts on behalf of a national law firm after a four-week legal malpractice jury trial in the Business Litigation Session, Suffolk Superior Court
  • Obtained summary judgment for Massachusetts biotech company in defense of trade secret misappropriation, affirmed by the Massachusetts Appeals Court
  • Tried complex trade secret misappropriation and business tort case in the Business Litigation Session, Suffolk Superior Court on behalf of a national medical device manufacturer including one four-week jury trial and two week-long bench trials
  • Defends national law firm in several, complex, multi-party professional liability cases
  • Obtained summary judgment for medium-sized regional law firm in legal malpractice action and for numerous sole and small firm practitioners litigating professional liability claims
  • Successfully defended Chapter 11 bankruptcy trustee in professional liability action stemming from the bankruptcy
  • Prosecuted six-week arbitration regarding contract dispute over the rent reset for a long-term lease of a downtown Boston parking garage
  • Successfully settled Chapter 21E case arising from a oil release at residential property in Danvers, MA
  • Positioned breach of contract action brought by institutional shareholder of an international retailer regarding the calculation of the put price for preferred shares for settlement

 Speaking Engagements and Publications

  • "Caveat venditor: pitfalls await lawyers selling unbundled services", Massachusetts/Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly, August 20, 2015
  • "Prosecutor's admission in Ferguson case troubling in many waysMassachusetts Lawyers Weekly, January 5, 2015
  • "General Motors' cautionary tale for corporate counsel" Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, June 19, 2014
  • “Protecting the In–House Counsel Privilege: Ethical and Practical Considerations,” moderator, ABA National Legal Malpractice Conference, May 2014
  • "Measures to take following 'RFF Family Partnership'" Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, July 18, 2013
  • "Foreign lawyers in Massachusetts: rules and regs," Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, February 4, 2013
  • The Lifecycle of Attorneys' Fees Disputes: From Managing Client Expectations to Collections," speaker, Boston Bar Association, November 7, 2012
  • "Where Can A Lawyer Safely Turn For Advice About a Client? The Attorney Client Privilege for Law Firm General Counsel," with Robert J. Muldoon, panelist, Boston Bar Association, October 4, 2012 "Where can you (safely) turn for advice about a client?," Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, July 2012, with Robert J. Muldoon
  • Commonwealth of Massachusetts, in The Law of Lawyers Liability: Fifty State Survey of Legal Malpractice:, ABA Prof. Liab. Comm. (2012), with Edward S. Cheng
  • “Inside Baseball and Out, Companies Need to Protect Trade Secrets,”, October 27, 2011 “Moneyball, Theo Epstein, and How to Protect Your Trade Secrets,” Mass High Tech, October 24, 2011
  • "Privacy and Privilege When Communicating With Clients Via Email," speaker, Boston Bar Association Luncheon, October 6, 2011
  • "Tips for Managing Transition to New Outside Counsel," New England In-House, June 2011
  • "Exploration of Legal Malpractice Defenses," panelist, American Bar Assocation 2011 National Legal Malpractice Conference, April 2011
  • “Successor Liability and its Family: Environmental Issues, Veil Piercing and Alter Ego Theories," panelist, Boston Bar Association luncheon, February 2011
  • “Successor litigation counsel beware,” Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, November 2010
  • "Enforcement of Exclusives and Restrictions,” speaker, Sherin and Lodgen Annual Real Estate Seminar, September 2010
  • "Massachusetts Legal Malpractice Law," 50 State Survey of Legal Malpractice Law, with Edward S. Cheng and Janeen Blake, Professional Liability Litigation Committee, American Bar Association, February 2009
  • "Downround Obligations in Dealing with Minority Shareholders," with Frances Cohen, Women's Business Journal, February 2002
  • "Chapter 93A: Contours and Cases," with Joseph Steinfield, American Bar Association Convention, Antitrust Section, 1998
  • "In Defense of Floyd, Appropriately Valuing Companion Animals in Tort," 70 New York University Law Review 1059, 1996


Debra  Squires-Lee