Practice Areas


Clients turn to us for difficult cases in a variety of venues. We represent clients in a wide range of industries, including publicly traded and privately held businesses, before:

  • State and federal courts
  • Juries and judges
  • Arbitration panels
  • State and federal administrative agencies
  • United States Courts of Appeals
  • State appellate courts
  • Administrative appeals boards

We have a deep bench experienced in various multifaceted case management issues, including e-discovery, large-volume document collection, production and review, and multi-jurisdictional, multi-action, multi-party discovery.

Cost is a key component of a successful conclusion to litigation. We exercise our reasoned judgments–collectively and individually–to provide cost-effective and value-added representation without compromising quality. We pay close attention to the bottom line, making effective use of associates and paralegals when appropriate and rely on our business acumen and decades of matter management experience.


Our litigation department is recognized by “U.S. News and World Report Best Law Firms/Best Lawyers” in the areas of commercial litigation, insurance litigation, ethics and professional liability law, legal malpractice (defendants) law, and labor and employment litigation.

In addition, department chair, Sara Jane Shanahan, is ranked by Chambers USA for Commercial Litigation. Sara, John C. LaLiberte, Brian J. MacDonough Thomas F. Maffei, Sander A. Rikleen, and Nancy S. Shilepsky are listed for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America.

When a Municipality Establishes Title by Adverse Possession, That is Not a Taking

By Sander A. Rikleen and Amy L. Hahn on April 18, 2020
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A recent Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (“SJC”) decision highlighted the distinction between establishing rights in real estate by adverse possession...

SJC Announces Outcome Prior to Decision, Reverses Appeals Court Decision, and Upholds Dismissal of a Zoning Appeal for Lack of Standing

By Sander A. Rikleen and Amy L. Hahn on March 11, 2020
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The threshold question in many land use appeals is whether the appealing party has standing to object to the action...

Departure is Such Sweet Sorrow: Leaving Your Law Firm

By Edward S. Cheng on November 07, 2019
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You may have just been invited to leave your current firm to join a prestigious big firm. Or maybe you...

Supreme Judicial Court limits use of in pari delicto defense

By Edward S. Cheng on October 11, 2018
Close up of a male using a calculator to write down important information on paper.
In the recent case of Merrimack College v. KPMG, LLP (SJC-12434), the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court cut back on the...

The Attorney – Client Relationship 101: Helpful Reminders Before, During and After Representation

By Sherin and Lodgen on September 24, 2018
Wooden gavel resting on its end on a wooden table in front of an open law book conceptual of a judge or courtroom.
The existence, terms, and scope of an attorney-client relationship are generally straightforward and understood between the parties.  There are times,...