Litigation

The firm's highly-regarded litigation practice is accomplished and experienced in representing clients in complex civil, commercial and criminal matters at all levels of the state, federal courts and administrative bodies.

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Corporate and Business Transactions

Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane, LLP has extensive and diverse experience in applying its legal knowledge and resources to “real world” business issues and situations for our business clients, which include entrepreneurs, start-ups, small and medium sized companies, non-profits, and large corporations including Fortune 500 companies. The firm’s approach is to understand the particular needs and problems of the clients, and develop creative strategies to meet our clients’ goals and objectives within the permissible bounds of the increasingly complex regulatory environment faced by business today. We strive to address the needs of our business clients in a prompt and professional manner and provide education and counseling to avoid potential legal problems before they occur.

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Education

Today's educational institutions face a range of complex legal issues at least as broad as those faced by highly-regulated industries. Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane, LLP has one of the most extensive education law practices in New England. The firm represents over 80 school committees, public school districts, colleges and universities and private schools. Its diverse school clientele ranges from large cities and towns to smaller communities and educational collaboratives. The firm's attorneys have the expertise, experience and resources to service all of their legal needs, including collective bargaining, special education, arbitrations, litigation and the full range of current legal issues, including student rights and discipline, service contracts, discrimination, the impact of Education Reform, and all statutory issues.

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Labor, Employment & Employee Benefits

Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane, LLP advises major corporations, small businesses, start ups, and governmental and non-profit entities throughout the Northeast and Atlantic states and beyond in connection with their workplace issues.

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Governmental, Municipal and Regulatory Services

As counsel to cities, towns and other Governmental entities throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the firm assists and advises public officials and committees with respect to matters of day-to-day management, as well as initiating or defending litigation on their behalf.

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Trusts, Estates, and Taxes

The firm's trusts and estates group provides a comprehensive range of legal services to assist our clients in the management of their assets and estates, including estate planning, tax consultation and business succession planning. We work closely with our clients to understand their specific needs and objectives and draft individualized documents, including wills trusts, healthcare proxies and power of attorneys, designed to meet their objectives and minimize or avoid taxes and expenses. We counsel our high net worth clients in sophisticated estate planning practices utilizing established and approved methods of minimizing estate taxes including, irrevocable life insurance trusts, charitable lead and remainder trusts, qualified personal residence trusts, grantor retained income and annuity trusts, dynasty trusts, family limited partnerships, family foundations and planned gifting programs. We also draft specialized trust documents to address the needs of individuals with disabilities or to preserve the estate assets in the event of prolonged illness or incapacity.

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Real Estate

From the development of a major corporate office complex to the sale of a condominium, we serve clients in all aspects of commercial and residential real estate areas, representing lenders, developers, builders, joint venturers, landlords, tenants, investors and homeowners.

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Non-profit

Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane, LLP, has decades of experience representing non-profits throughout New England.  We represent some of the largest non-profits in the region as well as many smaller organizations – our firm has the flexibility to provide for the needs of all non-profit entities.

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What's Happening @ MHTL?

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St Florian & Feeney Named By Board of Bar Overseers

MHTL is pleased to announce that two of its attorneys have been named by the Board of Bar Overseers to serve as Hearing Officers for the 2019-2021 term. Alisia St. Florian is a Partner in the firm’s Education Department. Focusing her practice on the representation of public school districts and collaborative schools in matters pertaining to special education, student discipline and civil rights matters. Matthew Feeney is an Attorney in the firm’s litigation department, having served as an Assistant District Attorney prior to joining the firm. Matt has extensive trial experience with close to 100 jury trials in his career. MHTL is honored to be the only firm having two of its attorneys serving as BBO Hearing Officers for this upcoming term.

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Legal Updates

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U.S. Department of Labor Proposes [Again] Increasing Salary Minimum for Federal Overtime Exemption

As you know from prior Client Alerts, in 2015 the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) proposed, among other things, increasing the “salary level test” for exempt employees from the current $455 per week (or $23,660/year) to an indexed amount originally proposed at about $970 per week (or $50,440/year).  The DOL also proposed increasing the “highly compensated employee” exemption from the current $100,000 per year to an indexed amount originally proposed at about $123,000 per year.  After those changes were memorialized in a Final Rule, these proposed changes were challenged in court and essentially abandoned by DOL after the 2016 election.

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