Three Associates Join Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane LLP
Murphy, Hesse, Toomey and Lehane LLP is pleased to announce the addition of three associates. The new associates will practice in the areas of labor and employment, corporate and education law. John Mac Daly and Rachel Mills were admitted to the bar in November. Vineesha Sow joins the firm’s education and special education law group after representing indigent clients in special education matters for the past few years.
Mr. Daly’s practice is primarily focused on corporate and financial transactional work. Mr. Daly was a member of the Boston University & Massachusetts Institute of Technology Start-Up Clinic, where he assisted companies with entity formation, trademarks and corporate strategy. While in law school, Mr. Daly served as the President of the Entrepreneur and Finance Club and worked as a legal intern for The Boston Red Sox, Fenway Sports Group, and Brown Brothers Harriman & Co. Mr. Daly received his B.A. in History from Trinity College and graduated from Avon Old Farms in Connecticut.
Ms. Mills’ practice is primarily focused on the areas of labor and employment law. Ms. Mills graduated from Boston College with a B.A. in Political Science and a minor in French and received her Juris Doctorate from Northeastern University School of Law. During law school, Ms. Mills participated in the Prisoners’ Rights Clinic and was a member of the Law Review. Ms. Mills held internships at the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts with Magistrate Judge Kelley and at Veterans Legal Services in Boston.
Ms. Sow is an attorney in the firm’s education and special education law groups. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Sow provided mental health advocacy to children with complex mental health needs. Ms. Sow also provided training on special education and school discipline to communities throughout Massachusetts, including lectures at Harvard Law School and Boston College Law School, regarding special education, school discipline and system-involved youth. Ms. Sow received her Bachelor’s Degree from Suffolk University with a major in Government. Ms Sow received her Juris Doctorate from the University Of San Francisco School Of Law.
Attorney Felicia Vasudevan, a partner at Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane, LLP, received a favorable decision on behalf of her client, Marshfield Public Schools. The Plaintiff appealed the district court’s judgement that upheld a decision of the Massachusetts Bureau of Special Education Appeals (“BSEA”). However, as the notice was filed more than 30 days after entry, the First Circuit ultimately dismissed the appeal for being untimely. The Plaintiff also appealed the district court’s order, denying her motion to vacate. Read More
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