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Notable Cases

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Our Most Notable New England Cases

Over the past three decades, Melick & Porter’s attorneys have been involved in a number of notable cases. Some of our significant cases are listed below:

  • American Home Assur. Co. v. First Specialty Ins. Co., 73 Mass.App.Ct. 1 (2008) (trucking coverage)
  • Amoah v. McKinney, 875 F.3d 60 (1st Cir. 2017) (trucking accident)
  • Carr v. Howard, 426 Mass. 514 (1998) (medical peer review privilege)
  • Coombes v. Florio, 450 Mass. 182 (2007) (medical malpractice claim brought by a non-patient)
  • Fletcher v. Littleton, 68 Mass.App.Ct. 22 (2007) (wrongful death)
  • Global NAPs, Inc. v. Federal Ins. Co., 336 F.3d 59 (1st Cir. 2003) (malicious prosecution)
  • Hammerberg v. Boy Scouts of America, Corp., et al., 33 Mass.L.Rptr. 54 (Mass Supr. Ct. 2015) (negligent hiring, summary judgment)
  • HipSaver, Inc. v. Kiel, 464 Mass. 517 (2013) (commercial disparagement)
  • Juliano v. Simpson, 461 Mass. 527 (2012) (liquor liability, duty of party host)
  • LeBlanc v. Logan Hilton Joint Venture, et al., 463 Mass. 316 (2012) and 78 Mass.App.Ct. 699 (2011) (negligence claims against architect and engineer)
  • Mitchell v. Sky Climber, 396 Mass. 629 (1986) (product liability)
  • Morrissey v. New England Deaconess Assn., et al., 86 Mass.App.Ct. 1112 (2014) (indemnification under construction contract)
  • Nevor v. Moneypenny Holdings, LLC, 842 F.3d 113 (1st Cir. 2016) (admiralty)
  • Newton v. Krasnigor, 404 Mass. 682 (1989) (intentional act exclusion)
  • Panagakos v. Walsh, et al. 434 Mass. 353 (2001) (social host liability, duty to adult guest)
  • Speers v. H.P. Hood, Inc., 22 Mass.App.Ct. 598 (1986) (indemnity agreements)
  • Utica Mut. Ins. Co. v. Amity Ins. Agency, Inc., 84 Mass.App.Ct. 1111 (2013) (errors and omissions insurance)
  • Woodward v. Emulex Corp., 714 F.3d 632 (1st Cir. 2013) (age discrimination)
  • Young v. General Star Indem. Co., 84 Mass.App.Ct. 1112 (2013) (claim against insurance broker)

Nationally-Recognized & Award-Winning Trial Attorneys

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    Robert P. Powers

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    Bob joined the firm in 1984 after graduating from law school and has made it his professional home. In the years since, he has tried numerous jury cases in both federal and state courts involving a variety of civil matters, including professional malpractice, insurance coverage, and general liability claims. Bob oversees our firm's appellate practice and has successfully argued cases before the First Circuit Court of Appeals.
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    Michael J. Mazurczak

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    Maz has been at Melick & Porter his entire legal career. He began as a Law Clerk in the summer of 1988 and joined the firm as an Associate in the fall of 1989. Maz has extensive experience in complex civil litigation matters, representing clients in both federal and state courts for 30 years. A significant portion of his practice involves employment law and includes providing major national corporations with oversight and defense of their employment litigation.
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    John F. Rooney III

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    John F. Rooney, III, who joined the firm in 1986, has successfully tried over 300 cases in both state and federal court. His practice focuses on toxic torts, complex products liability, environmental damage, utility companies, fire and explosion cases, aviation law, contract actions, insurance fraud, sexual abuse matters, premises liability, and criminal law.
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    William D. Chapman

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    Bill joined Melick & Porter in 1988 and has been a Member of the firm since 1998. He is rated AV Preeminent by Martindale Hubbell and has been repeatedly named a Massachusetts Super Lawyer (2004 – present). He concentrates his practice in the areas of general liability, professional liability, and the representation of insurers with regard to coverage issues, insurance fraud and property claims.
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