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General Liability

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General Liability

Serving Clients Throughout New England Since 1983

Liability lawsuits involving claims for damages arise in many and varied circumstances. Melick & Porter, LLP’s years of experience as defense-oriented trial lawyers have sharpened our ability to quickly and precisely analyze issues, risks, and potential exposure in general liability cases. Since 1983, we have successfully defended thousands of lawsuits on behalf of insurance companies, private businesses, and individuals.

Call our general liability lawyers today at (617) 523-6200 to discuss your case. We are also available through our online form.

How We Help

We have defended homeowners, motor vehicle operators, restaurants, taverns, stores, service companies, and other businesses. Our clients rely on our ability to anticipate and vigorously defend claims on their behalf. Our opponents know we are always ready to go to trial, and, as a result, settlement negotiations produce better outcomes.

Our trial attorneys are at home in the courtroom and they bring their talents and determination with your goals in mind. Our trial preparation is always efficient and targeted, which helps our clients successfully resolve cases within their budgets. Whether a lawsuit involves common allegations, or complicated and unusual tort theories, Melick & Porter, LLP has the skills and insights necessary to resolve it for you.

Notable Cases

  • Fletcher v. Littleton, 68 Mass.App.Ct. 22 (2007) (wrongful death)
  • Nevor v. Moneypenny Holdings, LLC, 842 F.3d 113 (2016) (admiralty)

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Nationally-Recognized & Award-Winning Trial Attorneys

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    Steven M. Banks

    Associate

    Steve studied business and psychology at Indiana University where he earned a bachelor’s degree. He then attended Quinnipiac University School of Law and was honored with the Dean's Scholarship award. Following graduation from law school, Steve joined a small law firm in Danbury, Connecticut where he grew his practice for eleven years before joining Melick & Porter.

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    Mark S. Bodner

    Partner

    Mark is an experienced trial attorney with a focus on employment law and professional liability. Mark also has extensive experience handling product liability, construction, premises liability, unfair business practices, and general litigation matters. He represents clients in both federal and state courts.

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    Lauren K. Camire

    Associate

    Lauren is a fifth-year associate in the firm's Boston office. Lauren's practice focuses on general liability, toxic tort litigation, product liability, and employment law.

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    William D. Chapman

    Member

    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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    Jacqueline A. Crockwell

    Associate

    Jacqueline is an associate in the Providence office. Her practice focuses on toxic torts, products liability, and premises liability. Jacqueline represents manufacturers of a variety of products including valves, pumps, boilers, furnaces, and water heaters. She also handles general liability matters. Jacqueline is a cum laude graduate of Salve Regina University, and Roger Williams University School of Law.

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    Brian C. Davis

    Partner

    Brian is a partner in Melick & Porter's Boston office. He focuses his practice on defending individual and corporate clients in complex civil litigation matters including general liability, hospitality and restaurant litigation, entertainment and sports litigation, construction litigation, and transportation litigation. He is admitted to the state and federal court of Massachusetts.

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    Michael P. Dickman

    Associate

    Mike concentrates his litigation practice in the areas of general liability, premises liability, construction litigation, and professional malpractice. Prior to joining Melick & Porter, Mike was an associate at a Boston civil litigation firm, focusing on toxic tort, products liability, and insurance defense matters.

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    Shannon M. Doherty

    Partner

    Prior to joining Melick & Porter, Shannon spent two years working as a Law Clerk to the Justices of the Massachusetts Superior Court. Shannon’s experience includes counseling and defending clients in all facets of recreational, products, construction, and general liability litigation in both federal and state courts. 

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    Lauren S. Fackler

    Associate

    Lauren is an associate in the firm’s Boston office. Her practices focus on defending employment practices liability matters involving a variety of issues, including harassment, discrimination, and retaliation. She also handles professional liability, general liability, and insurance coverage matters. Lauren represents clients in both state and federal courts as well as before state and federal agencies.

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    Kathleen M. Farrell

    Associate

    Kathleen (Kate) is an associate in the firm’s Boston office. Kate’s practice focuses primarily on the defense of complex general liability, product liability, premises liability, personal injury, construction, and employment law matters. Kate graduated magna cum laude from The State University of New York at Fredonia in 2013. Where she majored in History and minored in Political Science, Legal Studies, and African American Studies.

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    Elizabeth J. Fegreus

    Associate

    Elizabeth is an associate in Melick & Porter's Boston office. Her practice focuses on employment law, complex general liability, product liability, professional liability and premises liability. Elizabeth earned a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from Northeastern University and a Juris Doctor from Boston College Law School.

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    Douglas L. Fox

    Of Counsel

    Doug provides counseling and trial advocacy for the sports and entertainment industry and counts among his clients some of the premier sports and entertainment franchises in Massachusetts. He has extensive experience defending claims arising out of activities at NFL and MLB events, concerts, triathlons, marathons, hockey rinks, dance clubs, and commercial trucking.
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    Charles C. Gardner

    Associate

    Charlie is an associate in the firm’s Southbury, Connecticut office. His practice focuses on the defense of general liability, professional liability, and product liability matters before the Connecticut and New York state courts. Previously, he represented defendants in medical malpractice and personal injury cases with a law firm based in Stamford. He also has experience representing clients in administrative hearings and at arbitrations.

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    Christopher D. George

    Partner

    Chris joined the firm in 2010 and concentrates his practice on the defense of complex liability matters in the areas of construction, dram shop, premises, automobile, and catastrophic tort. Prior to joining Melick & Porter, Chris worked at a civil litigation defense firm outside of Boston where he specialized in construction and automobile matters.

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    Michael C. Grenier

    Associate

    Mike is an associate in the firm's Boston office. Mike's practice focuses primarily on the defense of complex general liability, product liability, premises liability, personal injury, construction, and recreational liability cases.

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    Robert W. Healy

    Partner

    Bob rejoined the firm in 2021 after several years at firms similarly specializing in complex civil litigation. He has extensive experience handling general liability, construction, liquor liability, premises liability, products liability, transportation, and toxic torts.

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    Richard E. Heifetz

    Partner

    Rick Heifetz is entering his fortieth year of practicing law. He is a 1972 graduate of the University of New Hampshire (B.A., cum laude) and a 1978 graduate of the New England School of Law (J.D., cum laude). He began his legal career as an associate in the firm of Darling & McLaughlin in Burlington and was a founding partner in the Boston firm of Roche, Heifetz, Murphy & Wholley.

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    Christian H. Hinrichsen

    Partner

    Christian has extensive experience in complex litigation matters, including bench and jury trials, arbitrations, administrative proceedings, and mediations. His corporate counseling includes risk assessment and contract review. He is admitted to the state and federal courts of Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island. Christian's practice has earned him selections as a “Massachusetts Super Lawyer.”

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    William L. Keville Jr.

    Member

    Bill is a seasoned trial attorney with extensive trial experience and successful verdicts defending clients in construction, complex product liability, premises liability, dram shop, transportation and sports and recreation matters. He represents product manufacturers, contractors, shopping malls, restaurants, major real estate developers, property owners, condominium associations, resorts and ski areas.

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    Johnathan L. Konandreas

    Associate

    Johnathan graduated magna cum laude from Quinnipiac University School of Law in 2018. During law school, he won the Connecticut Judges Association Memorial Award and was named Student Leader of the Year in 2018.

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    Robert S. Ludlum

    Partner

    Robert has extensive experience in the litigation, trial, and appeal of a broad spectrum of cases on behalf of businesses and individuals in the state and federal courts throughout Massachusetts, New York, Connecticut, and Rhode Island. Robert serves as counsel for insurers and insured in state and federal courts in connection with claims for coverage on general liability, property, products liability, labor and employment, and umbrella and excess policies.

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    Michael J. Mazurczak

    Member

    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 over 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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    Jeremy P. McManus

    Associate

    Jeremy is an associate with Melick & Porter in its Boston office. Jeremy's practice focuses on the defense of general liability, product liability, construction, and toxic tort matters. Prior to joining Melick & Porter, Jeremy was an Assistant District Attorney in Essex County, Massachusetts. In that role, he gained significant litigation experience prosecuting dozens of felony and misdemeanor cases to jury and bench trial verdicts in the Lynn and Peabody District Courts.

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    Carolyn M. Miller

    Partner

    Carolyn is a partner at Melick & Porter's Boston office. Carolyn joined the firm in 2014, after having worked at another Boston insurance defense firm for over five years. Carolyn has extensive experience in defending individual and corporate clients in a wide variety of complex multi-party construction-related matters, including personal injury, wrongful death and breach of contract claims in the state and federal courts of Massachusetts.
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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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    Lauren C. Roche

    Associate

    Lauren is an associate in the firm’s Boston office. Lauren’s practice focuses primarily on the defense of complex general liability, premises liability, liquor liability, sexual abuse litigation, personal injury, construction, and employment law matters.

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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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    John F. Rooney III

    Member

    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 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 graduate of Suffolk University Law School. During law school, he was the recipient of the Goodwin Scholarship for Best Trial Advocacy. Syd previously practiced at Regan & Kiely LLP and Tucker, Heifetz & Saltzman in Boston.

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    James T. Scamby

    Partner

    Jim is a graduate of Boston College, B.A., 1992 and New England School of Law, J.D., 1995. He was the recipient of the American Jurisprudence award in Administrative Law in 1995. He clerked at Roche, Heifetz, Murphy & Wholley during law school and joined the firm as an associate in 1995. He was a partner in the Boston firm of Tucker, Heifetz & Saltzman, LLP from 2002 through 2012.

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    Jennifer A. Sunderland

    Of Counsel

    Jennifer is Of Counsel in the firm's Boston office. She focuses on helping employers defend claims involving discrimination, retaliation, and wrongful termination. She also has experience with matters involving contract disputes, insurance coverage, professional malpractice, product liability, and premises liability. Jennifer has tried numerous felony criminal and civil jury trials in Massachusetts state court.

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    Laura K. Terrasi

    Associate

    Laura graduated from Merrimack College summa cum laude and is a cum laude graduate of New England Law | Boston. Laura was published as a member of the New England Law Review and was a Dean's Scholarship recipient. As a student, Laura gained experience at the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office and successfully argued an appeal before the Massachusetts Appeals Court.

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    Robert T. Treat

    Partner

    Rob concentrates his practice on premises liability, professional liability, explosion, construction injury and worker’s compensation matters. Rob’s most notable defense verdicts in civil jury trials include: a negligent product distribution claim by a waitress whose face was burned by flaming brandy flambé spilled on her by a chef performing a “Strawberry Flambe” on stage.

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    Matthew C. Welnicki

    Partner

    Matt focuses his practice on tort defense (including product liability, abuse cases, transportation claims and premises liability matters), business litigation, environmental law, and insurance matters. He has significant experience in the Massachusetts and Connecticut state and federal courts and before administrative agencies and arbitration panels.

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    John N. Yokow

    Associate

    John is an associate in the firm’s Boston office. John’s practice focuses on civil litigation matters including personal injury/negligence defense, product liability, premises liability, insurance coverage, bad faith claims, complex commercial / business disputes and employment.

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