Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane, LLP Attorney Elected President to the Massachusetts Association of Public Pension Attorneys


Mathew L. Feeney, an attorney with Murphy, Hesse. Toomey & Lehane, LLP, has recently been appointed President of the Massachusetts Association of Public Pension Attorneys (“MAPPA”). MAPPA is an organization of attorneys, all of whom practice public retirement law, and represent public contributory retirement boards in Massachusetts. This organization is dedicated to safeguard the integrity of Massachusetts’ public pension system, regional and local retirement boards within the Commonwealth, and the rights and benefits of public employees and beneficiaries, whether active or retired. In addition, MAPPA provides its members with the ability and knowledge to assist, support and education their retirement board clients on ethical and fiduciary stands in plan administration, policy, development, and fund operation. Attorney Katherine Hesse, a Partner at Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane, LLP, is also an active member of MAPPA and has been a member of the organization for several years.


Matthew L. Feeney has overall responsibility for MHTL’s Chapter 32 practice and is well versed in matters pertinent to the statute. Specifically, he provides frequent guidance to public retirement boards on the litany of member related issues that arise, such as disabilities, forfeitures, and QDRO’s and he frequently represents public retirement boards before DALA.  With nearly fifteen years of experience as an Assistant District Attorney in both Essex and Suffolk Counties prior to joining MHTL several years ago, Mr. Feeney is an experienced litigator. In addition to his Chapter 32 work, Mr. Feeney also provides internal reviews and investigations for public entities continues to serve as a trial lawyer.


Mr. Feeney is a graduate of Boston Latin School, Boston College and Boston College Law School.  Mr. Feeney is admitted to practice in Massachusetts and the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts.

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