Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane, LLP Welcomes New Associate


Murphy, Hesse, Toomey and Lehane, LLP is pleased to announce the addition of a new associate attorney, Joseph Proctor. Mr. Proctor graduated cum laude from Boston University School of Law in May 2021. His practice focuses on civil litigation, municipal law, and labor and employment law. In his litigation practice, he has worked on various property law and civil rights matters. Additionally, Mr. Proctor has provided guidance to municipalities and participated in collective bargaining, grievance and arbitration matters.


During law school, Mr. Proctor served as the Secretary of BU’s Real Estate Association. He was also a member of BU’s Public Interest Law Journal throughout his second and third years. Mr. Proctor completed internships at the Plymouth Superior Court and the Administrative Division of the Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General. At the Superior Court, he assisted the Honorable Mark A. Hallal in handling several high-stakes civil trials. While at the AGO, he drafted numerous briefs and motions on wide-ranging administrative law issues.


Prior to law school, Mr. Proctor studied History at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He completed his Bachelor of Arts degree in three years, graduating summa cum laude in 2017. During his undergraduate studies, Mr. Proctor was a member of several honors societies in the fields of history and classics. And he participated on an archaeological dig in Tuscany, Italy in the summer of 2017. A lifelong student of history, Mr. Proctor has also written on local early American figures for the Northampton Historical Society. In particular, he thoroughly researched the life of the Early American general and blacksmith Seth Pomeroy, transforming information gleaned from his primary sources into several essays and a concise pamphlet for the Society’s programming. Mr. Proctor is admitted to practice in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

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