Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane, LLP Welcomes New Associate Attorney
Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane, LLP is pleased to announce the newest addition to the firm, Blair Wigney. Ms. Wigney graduated from Notre Dame Law School in May of 2020, and successfully passed the Massachusetts Bar Exam in October of the same year. She will join our practice in the Corporate, Trust Funds, and Real Estate group at MHTL.
Prior to attending Notre Dame, Blair received her Bachelor’s in Finance and Economics from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California. During the spring and summer of 2019, she was an intern for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. In that role, she worked on issues involving the Investment Company Act of 1940, the Securities Act of 1933, and the Exchange Act of 1934. She drafted comment letters, reviewed prospectuses, and summarized national case settlements for SEC department heads. The summer before that, she interned for Judge Craig Richman at the Los Angeles Superior Court.
Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane LLP is also known throughout New England for its labor and employment practice as well as its extensive business litigation and advising employers on internal reviews and strategic legal approaches when dealing with the government. The firm also has an extensive education law practice representing public, private, and nonprofit educational institutions from pre-K through the college and university level.
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
Following our Alert from March 16, 2023, Civility is Dead – The Supreme Court Rules Municipal Control of Public Speak Limited to Reasonable Time/Place/Manner Restrictions, which discussed the holding to the Supreme Judicial Court’s decision in Barron v. Kolenda and the Town of Southborough (SJC-13284), we promised to bring you more detailed guidance on developing a Public Speak policy for your public body or municipality. The Barron case involved a constitutional challenge to the Town of Southborough’s public comment policy, which attempted to impose a code of civility on members of the public who participated in public comment before public bodies. In Barron, the court interpreted the state constitution to mean that public bodies may request, but not require, that public commentators be respectful and courteous. Instead, a public body may set restrictions on reasonable time, place, and manner comments to ensure that the meeting retains an orderly and peaceable manner.