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Insurance Coverage

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Insurance Coverage

Guiding New England Clients Through Insurance Law Matters

Melick & Porter, LLP’s insurance coverage practice has an incredible reputation. Our success is founded upon our superior research, legal analysis, and writing skills. We provide detailed coverage analyses and practical advice to help our clients achieve the best outcomes promptly and economically. Clients count on us not only as advisors, but also as their trial and appellate counsel. We help our clients navigate the intricacies of policy language and the law, and we always stand ready to vigorously defend their positions in court. Our senior attorneys have conducted thousands of coverage evaluations, have tried numerous cases in state and federal courts, and have enjoyed successes before judges and juries alike. Our firm has also helped forge new coverage law through the many appellate cases we have handled.

Contact our team online or by phone to schedule an appointment today at (617) 523-6200.

Who We Serve

We represent primary and excess insurers as well as self-insured companies, and we are familiar with a wide range of insurance policies, including commercial general liability, employment practices liability, professional liability, errors and omissions, directors and officers, automobile, pollution, excess, and umbrella. Our practice also includes representing insurance companies against claims for bad faith and punitive damages.

Decades Of Experience To Back Our Reputations

We are proud of our tradition of excellence. Our senior attorneys have earned AV ratings from Martindale-Hubbell and have been recognized for their insurance coverage expertise as Massachusetts Super Lawyers and New England Super Lawyers. Partner William Rose is a member of the American College of Coverage and Extra-Contractual Counsel. Our late partner, Andre Sansoucy, authored Liability Insurance Law in Massachusetts, and partner Michael Byrne carries on his legacy with regular supplements to this leading treatise. For anything from a simple first or second opinion on a reservation of rights to a complex declaratory judgment action, we would be pleased to put our energy, experience, and expertise to work on your behalf.

Notable Cases

  • American Home Assur. Co. v. First Specialty Ins. Co., 73 Mass.App.Ct. 1 (2008) (trucking coverage)
  • Merrill v. Colbert, 79 Mass.App.Ct. 1124 (2011) (sexual relations between patient and therapist not covered by professional liability policy)
  • Newton v. Krasnigor, 404 Mass. 682 (1989) (intentional act exclusion)
  • Utica Mut. Ins. Co. v. Amity Ins. Agency, Inc., 84 Mass.App.Ct. 1111 (2013) (errors and omissions insurance)

Our insurance coverage lawyers are ready to assist you. Call us at (617) 523-6200.

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Nationally-Recognized & Award-Winning Trial Attorneys

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    Alexander W. Ahrens

    Associate

    Alex is an associate in our Connecticut office. He graduated summa cum laude from Quinnipiac University School of Law. He has a B.A. degree in English from Gettysburg College. Alex was an Associate Editor of the Quinnipiac Law Review and received awards for Academic Excellence and Outstanding Performance in Oral Advocacy.
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    Kaitlin A. Bair

    Associate

    Kaitlin is a Colorado native. She received a B.S. in Psychology from Colorado State and earned her J.D. at the University of Connecticut School of Law. During her time at UConn, Kaitlin served as an Executive Editor of the Connecticut Public Interest Law Journal and was involved in the mediation and criminal law clinics. Kaitlin began her practice working with a national insurer where she gained valuable exposure to insurance defense.

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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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    Meagan M. Bellamy

    Associate

    Meagan is an associate in the Providence office. Her practice focuses on general and premises liability matters. She is a graduate of Sacred Heart University, and a cum laude graduate of Roger Williams University School of Law.

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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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    Peter R. Chandler

    Associate

    Peter is an associate in the firm’s Boston office. Peter’s practice focuses primarily on the defense of complex general liability, product liability, premises liability, construction, and professional liability matters. Peter graduated magna cum laude from SUNY Brockport in 2011 where he double majored in Political Science and Communications.

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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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    Matthew B. DiMario

    Partner

    Matt is a Partner in the General Liability and Professional Liability practice groups. He is admitted to practice in both Rhode Island and Massachusetts, as well as the United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island and regularly represents insurance carriers, their policy holders and self-insureds in state and federal court. Matt is a skilled litigator who has successfully represented clients on a wide range of insurance defense matters.

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    Lauren S. Fackler

    Associate

    Lauren is an associate in the firm’s Boston office. Her practices focuses 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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    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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    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 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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    Victoria M. Ranieri

    Associate

    Victoria joined Melick & Porter after several years working with the Committee for Public Counsel Services, where she rose to the position of Supervising Trial Attorney. Victoria’s work with this agency, which provides for public defense in Massachusetts, allowed her to gain extensive jury trial experience, including numerous felony criminal cases involving sexual assault, home invasion and controlled substances offenses.
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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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    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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    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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    John G. Wheatley

    Partner

    John is a partner in the firm’s Boston office. He joined the firm in 2011. John focuses his practice on the defense of professional liability, premises liability, liquor liability, worker’s compensation, and insurance coverage matters. He is admitted to practice in the state and federal courts in Massachusetts and Maine. John has successfully obtained defense judgments for numerous clients in courts in both Massachusetts and Maine.
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    Natasha King Winter

    Associate

    Natasha is a magna cum laude graduate of Hobart and William Smith Colleges in 2012, and of Boston College Law School in 2015. During law school, she was a member of the National Environmental Moot Court team. 

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