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Debra Squires-Lee and Jessica Gray Kelly quoted in Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly article, “Lawyers say SJC decision defines bounds of judge’s fee-sanction power”

July 28, 2015

Debra Squires-Lee, 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, was quoted in the July 27th issue of Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly. The article, “Lawyers say SJC decision defines bounds of judge’s fee-sanction power”, discusses the judge’s ruling in Wong v. Luu, et al. In this case, the judge ordered an attorney to pay nearly $240,000 in sanctions for his alleged role in causing talks on a settlement agreement to founder. The article asks whether the decision to use attorneys’ fees as a “litigation weapon” is just.

Attorneys Squires-Lee and Jessica Gray Kelly, associate in the firm’s Litigation department, drafted the Boston Bar Association’s amicus brief, which was previously submitted for review by the Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers.

From the article:
Debra A. Squires-Lee , who with Sherin & Lodgen colleague Jessica Gray Kelly co-authored a brief on behalf of the Boston Bar Association, lauded the clear statement that “the judge’s position is not to enforce, encourage or push settlement but just to give the parties a fair tribunal.”

If the parties want to keep settlement discussions confidential, that’s something they should negotiate at the outset, Squires-Lee said.

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