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Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane, LLP Attorney Elected Vice President of the MMLA

 

Karis L. North, an attorney at Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane, LLP,  was recently elected Vice-President of the Massachusetts Municipal Lawyers Association (MMLA), for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2022.  Most recently, Ms. North served on the Board of the Directors of the MMLA, and chaired the Bylaws, Policies, and Procedures Committee.  The MMLA, formerly the City Solicitors & Town Counsel Association, is the municipal law bar association for counsel who principally represent municipal and local governments and entities, and has been in existence since 1946.

 

Karis L. North is an attorney at the Firm and has been practicing municipal and public sector law since 2006 and has over twenty years of experience counseling and resolving complex disputes for public clients. She is also an experienced litigator on behalf of municipalities and municipal agencies, private parties, and non-profit organizations. Her practice is focused on counseling and advocacy on behalf of municipal governments and agencies. She is the Town Counsel to the Town of Natick, and Special Counsel to the Towns of Dartmouth and Cohasset. In addition, she represents the Towns of Norwood, Milton, and Danvers, among others. Ms. North has a B.S. from Cornell University and received her J.D. cum laude from Vermont Law School, where she was the Managing Editor of the Vermont Law Review.  She is admitted to practice in state and federal courts in Massachusetts, in the state of Maryland, and before the Supreme Court of the United States. Active in the community, Ms. North is a Director of the Massachusetts Municipal Lawyer’s Association and a member of the Vermont Law School Board of Trustees, where she chairs the Governance Committee.  She was also recently appointed to the inaugural Plymouth County Commission on the Status of Women and was elected to the position of Chairwoman by her sister Commissioners.

 

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