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Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane Partners Recognized as New England’s 2019 Super Lawyers

Murphy Hesse, Toomey & Lehane LLP., would like to congratulate Katherine Hesse and Regina Williams Tate for being recognized as New England’s 2019 Super Lawyers. Katherine Hesse is a partner at the firm and was acknowledged for her proficiency in Employment and Labor law. Regina Williams Tate is also a partner at the firm and was recognized for her expertise in Schools and Education law. It is no surprise to the firm that these talented lawyers received recognition in their respected area of practice.

Katherine Hesse is one of the founding partners of Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane LLP., known throughout The United States and Canada. Ms. Hesse concentrates her practice primarily in labor, employment and employee benefits law serving as counsel to individuals, business, government, and tax exempt organizations including hospitals, colleges, churches, and major private and public retirement and health plans. She has litigated numerous employment and benefits cases before the state and federal trial and appellate courts, administrative agencies and arbitrators. She is also an active practitioner in all forms of alternative dispute resolution, including mediation, conciliation, fact finding and various forms of arbitration.

Gini Tate is a partner at Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane LLP., practicing primarily in the areas of labor and education law. Ms. Tate participates in the collective bargaining process on behalf of her education clients. She has served as counsel to over 60 school committees and private schools, providing advice on a daily basis as well as advocacy in litigation and in hearings before administrative agencies. Ms. Tate frequently litigates issues before the Bureau of Special Education Appeals, the office for Civil Rights, the Labor Relations Commission, and arbitrators on behalf of school systems. Ms. Tate has represented school committees and superintendents at all levels of the court system, including the Supreme Judicial Court.

We applaud Ms. Hesse and Ms. Tate for their hard work and look forward to future success and recognition for these dedicated attorneys.

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Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane, LLP, Represents Dedham School Committee in Labor Dispute

Kevin Bresnahan, a partner with Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane, LLP, represented the Dedham School Committee in its recently-concluded collective bargaining with its teachers’ union. After nearly two years of negotiations, the union scheduled a strike vote last week. Attorney Bresnahan filed a petition with the Department of Labor Relations on behalf of the School Committee, and obtained an order to prevent the illegal strike. When the union went forward with the strike vote, a judge in the Norfolk Superior Read More

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LEGISLATURE PASSES LANDMARK SCHOOL FUNDING LEGISLATION

On November 20, 2019, the Massachusetts Legislature voted to approve the Student Opportunity Act (“the Act”). The Governor has ten days to respond to the Act. The Act requires the Commissioner of the Department of Education (“DESE”) to establish statewide targets for addressing persistent disparities in achievement among student subgroups, including in subject matter and relevant grade level. It further requires each superintendent, in consultation with the school committee, to establish local targets, consistent with the targets from DESE.

 

 

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