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.

The firm's attorneys have extensive courtroom experience. The firm has developed a corps of skilled trial lawyers including two former Assistant Attorneys General, a former Assistant United States Attorney and two former Assistant District Attorneys as well as a team of highly experienced litigators with strong paralegal support. Through this integrated capability, the firm is well-prepared to advocate in any forum where litigation is in the client's best interest. The firm takes an aggressive approach to dealing with the legal complexities of our clients by providing highly responsive, personalized service by combining our specialized expertise with a highly interactive style. From initial contact through final decision, clients receive consistent, common sense advice and representation on all litigation matters.

The firm's litigation services also include a strong appellate practice. With the experience gained through having managed cases from local hearings to the state and federal courts, we offer results-oriented representation for our clients at all stages of appeal.

The following is a selected list of sample types of cases in which the firm has experience:

  • Construction
  • Fiduciary/Trust
  • Class Actions
  • Civil Rights
  • White Collar Criminal Matter
  • Labor and Employment
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Product Liability Defense
  • General Liability
  • Director and Officers Liabil
  • Environmental/Land Use
  • Contracts
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Constitutional
  • Education
  • Special Education
  • Municipal
  • Election Law
  • Real Estate
  • Zoning and Conveyancing
  • Non-Competition and Trademarks
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution 

If you have specific questions about our litigation practice, please contact:

David A. Deluca
(617) 479-5000
ddeluca@mhtl.com

 

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