William M. Dunham


Will is an associate in the firm's Litigation Department. He focuses on complex commercial litigation and business disputes, legal malpractice defense, and employment counseling and defense. His experience includes litigation and counseling in state and federal courts and administrative agencies.

In addition to his litigation practice, Will works as a mediator, resolving disputes privately and by court-appointment.  He has mediated dozens of cases, focusing on professional liability, real estate, employment, and business disputes. Will was recently appointed to serve as co-chair of the Boston Bar Association’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee for the 2013-2015 term.

Prior to joining Sherin and Lodgen, Will was an associate at Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge LLP.  During law school, he was staff editor of the Washington University Law Review.  Will has run two marathons and rowed heavyweight crew at Cornell University.

 Representative Experience

  • Member of trial team that obtained defense verdict for national law firm on all counts of legal malpractice complaint after four-week jury trial
  • Obtained summary judgment for national law firm on legal malpractice claim and successfully defended judgment on appeal
  • Obtained Rule 12(c) dismissal of legal malpractice claim on behalf of major Boston law firm
  • Defended national self-storage company against employee claims for state and federal wage-and-hour violations, gender discrimination, and disability discrimination
  • Successfully represented multi-national corporation in breach-of-contract suit by former shareholders of acquired entity
  • Brought freeze-out claims on behalf of minority shareholder of industrial equipment auction house
  • Negotiated favorable resolutions of numerous legal malpractice cases against small firms and sole practitioners short of trial

 Speaking Engagements and Publications

  • "For law firms, rogue attorneys present riskMassachusetts Lawyers Weekly, October 20, 2014
  • “Jumpstarting Your Mediation Practice,” moderator, Boston Bar Association, May 2013
  • "New Hires: Getting it Right from the Start, " speaker, National Business Institute seminar, May 2012
  • "If You're Prepared to Be Sued, You're Less Likely to be Sued," speaker, National Business Institute, May 2012
William M.  Dunham