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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.

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Murphy. Hesse, Toomey & Lehane Advisor, Thomas Jorling Pens the Attack on the Rule of Law

  Tom Jorling, is an attorney, advisor to MHTL, former co-drafter of the Clean Air and Water Act and former Commissioner of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation under Governor Mario Cuomo. Tom Jorling served under 4 presidents, including Deputy Director of the Environmental Agency. Mr. Jorling was the recipient of the inaugural Boston College Law School Public Interest Law Foundation Distinction in Public Service Award in April 2019. Thomas Jorling pens the article below on the attack Read More

Legal Updates

Expansion of Federal Protections for LGBT Workers

On June 15, 2020, the Supreme Court of the United States handed down a historic 6-3 decision authored by Justice Neil Gorsuch, in which the Court held that employers cannot discriminate against an individual on the basis of the individual’s sexual orientation or gender identity. This case, Bostock v. Clayton County, was a consolidation of three cases, involving two gay men, who were terminated based on their sexual orientation, and one transgender woman, who was terminated based on her gender identity.

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