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Premier New England Trial Attorneys
Appellate Litigation

Call our lawyers or contact us online today if you are ready to defend your case or make an appeal. We are proud to serve clients throughout New England.

Appellate Litigation in Boston

35+ Years of Dedicated Advocacy

Appellate advocacy requires a distinctive set of skills. The hallmark of a great appellate attorney is meticulous attention to detail, a firm grasp of the appellate record, a thorough understanding of existing case law, stellar writing skills, and the ability to effectively handle questions at oral argument. Melick & Porter, LLP brings these skills to every appeal that we handle for our clients. In addition, all our senior appellate attorneys have hundreds of combined years of experience in state and federal appeals courts. All these factors contribute to our record of appellate success for our clients.

Call our appellate lawyers today at (617) 523-6200, or contact us online if you are ready to make an appeal. We are proud to serve clients throughout New England.

How We Help

Sometimes, after a challenging trial or a disappointing outcome, it helps to seek a fresh perspective by employing new counsel to assist with or take charge of an appeal. Our appellate attorneys are available to fill that role for you and can bring new insights and energy to help you achieve your goals. We also understand that successful appellate advocacy begins long before a notice of appeal. Our appellate attorneys can serve as a resource for you and, should review prove necessary, they can work on your behalf to ensure that a proper record is created and all essential arguments are preserved. Or, if you are looking for assistance with an amicus filing, we have the expertise to properly bring your interest before the court.

Cases We Appeal

Our team of professional litigators has succeeded time and time again in making appeals on behalf of our clients in need.

Areas where we can reexamine your case include:

  • Asbestos
  • Construction
  • Employment
  • Entertainment and sports
  • Environmental
  • General liability
  • Hospitality and restaurant
  • Insurance coverage
  • Liquor liability
  • Product liability
  • Professional liability
  • Recreational liability
  • Sexual abuse litigation
  • Toxic torts
  • Transportation law
  • Workers' comp

Notable Cases

Some of our notable cases include:

  • American Home Assur. Co. v. First Specialty Ins. Co., 73 Mass.App.Ct. 1 (2008) (trucking coverage)
  • Amoah v. McKinney and Smith Transport, 875 F.3d 60 (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 Inc. Co., 336 F.3d 59 (2003) (malicious prosecution)
  • 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)
  • Merrill v. Colbert, 79 Mass.App.Ct. 1124 (2011) (sexual relations between patient and therapist not covered by professional liability policy)
  • 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 (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)

Just because your case was not successful the first time does not mean you do not have options. You can trust our lengthy track record and accomplished litigators.

Your case is not over after a disappointing court decision. Call our appellate lawyers at (617) 523-6200 to have us take another look at your case – you may be able to appeal the unfavorable decision.

Nationally-Recognized & Award-Winning Trial Attorneys

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    Daniel J. Beauchemin

    Associate

    Daniel represents clients in a broad range of commercial litigation and labor and employment matters. He concentrates his practice on defending public and private entities from whistleblower, defamation, retaliation, discrimination, wage and hour, ch. 93A, breach of contract, and civil rights claims. He also litigates lawyer professional liability and general liability matters.
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    Michael R. Byrne

    Partner

    Having begun his career at Melick & Porter over twenty-five years ago, Mike rejoined the firm in 2015 after several years at a national firm specializing in civil litigation defense and insurance coverage matters. Mike has experience in a variety of areas, from professional liability and premises liability claims to business disputes, housing discrimination, and environmental claims.
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    Robert P. Powers

    Member

    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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    Holly G. Rogers

    Partner

    Holly is a partner in the firm’s Connecticut and New York offices. Her practice focuses on all facets of employment law, and the areas of professional liability and general liability. Holly represents clients in both federal and state courts in Connecticut and New York, as well as before federal and state agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the New York State Division of Human Rights.
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    William P. Rose

    Partner

    Bill Rose is a graduate of University of Massachusetts and a cum laude graduate of Suffolk University School of Law. He also obtained his C.P.C.U. designation. Bill previously practiced at Morrison, Mahoney & Miller; Gillespie & Associates; the Law Offices of Peter Eleey; and Tucker, Heifetz & Saltzman, LLP. He handles cases in all areas of the firm’s practice.
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    Syd A. Saloman

    Partner

    Syd is a cum laude graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth and a cum laude graudate of Suffolk University Law School. During law school, he was the recipient of the Goodwin Scholarship for Best Trial Advocacy. Syd is an active member of the Suffolk University Law School Alumni Association. Syd previously practiced at Regan & Kiely LLP and Tucker, Heifetz & Saltzman in Boston.
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What Sets Us Apart

  • Client-Centered Approach
  • Well-Qualified & Accomplished Firm
  • Nationally Recognized Super Lawyers®
  • Seasoned Litigators & Appellate Attorneys
  • High-End Legal Representation
  • Track Record Of Client Success