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.
Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane, LLP, Partner Katherine Hesse gave a plenary presentation on Recent Developments in ERISA on Friday September 16 to members of the Group Legal Services Association (“GLSA”) at its annual meeting in New Orleans. Among the topics she emphasized were what employers/plan sponsors need to know in the aftermath of the Dobbs decision overturning Roe v. Wade and lessons from the Court’s decision in Hughes and other class action litigation as to factors to consider Read More
On August 12, 2022, Governor Charlie Baker signed S. 3096, “An act relative to equity in the cannabis industry,” (“Act”) into law. The Act reforms Massachusetts’s existing marijuana laws, particularly with respect to host community agreements (“HCAs”), community impact fees (“CIFs”), and social consumption sites (e.g. marijuana cafes). The Act empowers the Cannabis Control Commission (“Commission”), the state regulatory agency, to exert greater control over HCAs and their CIFs. Municipalities levy CIFs on cannabis businesses to account for the costs they impose on the municipality as a result of their operations. Additionally, the Act allows municipalities to permit on-premises social consumption of marijuana at designated sites. Other notable provisions of the Act include the new Social Equity Trust Fund (“Trust Fund”), changes to the tax law regarding cannabis businesses, and various provisions concerning those persons and communities most impacted by the prior illegality of marijuana usage and sale. Governor Baker vetoed only one section of the final bill: the provision calling on the state to conduct a study of medical marijuana usage in schools.