Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane Attorneys Recognized as Leaders
Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane LLP is honored to have three of its attorneys acknowledged as leaders in their respective fields. The firm is particularly proud to have the unprecedented honor of being the only firm to have received these three awards in the same year.
In 2019, Attorney Peter Mello was elected President of the Massachusetts Municipal Lawyers Association, an organization that boasts a membership of hundreds of attorneys. Attorney Mello has represented dozens of governmental and private clients in an extensive range of litigation and other legal proceedings before state and federal courts and agencies, both within and outside of the Commonwealth. He also advises these organizational clients in their day-to-day operations and administration, which include governmental permitting and planning, employment issues, licensing procedures, governance processes, and a variety of other legal matters. In addition to his vast experience representing clients in these areas, Attorney Mello has written and presented frequently to bar associations and other groups regarding governmental legal issues, and has been recognized for several years as a “Rising Star” by New England Super Lawyers.
Attorney Kevin Bresnahan was elected as President of the Massachusetts Council of School Attorneys (“Council”), which is a council comprised of attorneys that represent public educational institutions. In his duties with the Council, Attorney Bresnahan has represented public institutions before Commonwealth courts and administrative agencies on labor and employment issues and general educational matters. Kevin follows Ed Lenox and Andy Waugh who both previously served as President of the Council.
Attorney Mike Maccaro was awarded the prestigious Cushing-Gavin Award as the sole management labor attorney representing the private, non-profit and public sector. Over the years, Attorney Maccaro has continuously built a strong reputation in his practice in the labor and employment area. Mr. Maccaro has litigated numerous matters, has negotiated hundreds of contracts, and has argued before various state courts, appellate courts, and administrative agencies throughout New England. He follows in the footsteps of partners Katherine Hesse, Michael Lehane and Arthur Murphy.
The firm is proud of Attorneys Mello, Bresnahan and Maccaro for their achievements. In addition, MHTL is also delighted that they continue to oversee the growth of the firm and attorneys coming along in their respective areas.
Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane, LLP Partner Receives Second Favorable BSEA Decision for Hamilton-Wenham Regional School District
Mary Ellen Sowyrda, a Partner at Murphy, Hesse Toomey & Lehane, LLP, prevailed on behalf of her client, Hamilton-Wenham Regional School Distrist (“District”), for the second time in two months. In June 2021, Ms. Sowyrda received a favorable decision from the Bureau of Special Education (“BSEA”) in response to the District’s request for substitute consent to perform a three-year evaluation of a student. The second favorable Decision, involving the same student, is a result of a Hearing Request filed Read More
On March 11, 2021, President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act (“ARPA”) which provides for a $1.9 trillion economic stimulus package. State and local governments, and also many educational entities, will receive substantial funding. Having endured the last year of the global COVID-19 pandemic, both states and local governments, as well as schools, have experienced unexpected expenses, losses in revenues, and budgetary burdens. The purpose of this Client Alert is to explain generally how funds from the ARPA relief aid have been designated to alleviate those COVID-19-related challenges.