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Cynthia L. Amara

Attorney

617-479-5000 camara@mhtl.com

Ms. Amara practices in the areas of litigation, municipal and land use law.  She has represented municipalities in all phases of municipal law and litigation.  She regularly advises clients on a wide range of environmental, zoning, planning, conservation, wetlands, personnel issues, contracts, licensing, telecommunications, procurement, eminent domain, licensing, town meeting and governance issues.  She has counseled government officials and boards regarding their obligations under state ethics laws, public records laws and the Open Meeting Law.  Ms. Amara has litigated numerous Read More

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Kevin F. Bresnahan

Partner

(617) 479-5000 kbresnahan@mhtl.com

Mr. Bresnahan practices in the areas of labor and employment, education, and municipal law. Mr. Bresnahan has negotiated collective bargaining agreements on behalf of numerous municipalities and school committees, and has represented public employers before the courts of the Commonwealth, in arbitrations, and in a wide variety of administrative proceedings before various agencies, including the Division of Labor Relations, the Civil Service Commission, the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, and the Joint Labor-Management Committee.  He advises public employers in various aspects of employment law, Read More

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David A. DeLuca

Partner

(617) 479-5000 ddeluca@mhtl.com

Formerly an Assistant District Attorney with the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, Mr. DeLuca handles a full spectrum of tort, contract, land use and workers’ compensation litigation matters. He is experienced in all phases of state and federal trial and appellate court advocacy, having handled administrative law judge, bench and jury trials including personal injury, product liability, domestic litigation, zoning and tax disputes, insurance litigation, workers’ compensation claims and civil rights violations. Mr. DeLuca advises building inspectors and planning directors on zoning, tax Read More

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Matthew L. Feeney

Attorney

617-479-5000 mfeeney@mhtl.com

With nearly fifteen years of criminal practice as an Assistant District Attorney in both Essex and Suffolk Counties, Matthew Feeney is a senior associate in our litigation department. Mr. Feeney’s areas of focus include general litigation, advising employers on public safety related matters, providing internal reviews and/or investigations  for both public and private sector clients, and criminal defense, including white collar defense. A lifelong resident of Boston, Mr. Feeney is a  graduate of Boston Latin School, Boston College and Boston Read More

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John P. Flynn

Partner

(617) 479-5000 jflynn@mhtl.com

Mr. Flynn has served as Town Counsel for thirty years to the Town of Natick, and has served as Town Counsel to the Town of Milton for twenty-two years. He represents these towns in all phases of municipal law including litigation, environmental matters, zoning, personnel issues, contracts, licensing, eminent domain, and the entire spectrum of town meeting issues. Mr. Flynn also has provided general counsel and special counsel services for over twenty years to many towns and school committees for general and Read More

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Kevin S. Freytag

Attorney

617-479-5000 kfreytag@mhtl.com

Kevin S. Freytag is a member of the firm’s Litigation practice.  He assists clients with the resolution of various business disputes in the areas of construction, labor and employment, and real estate and land use matters. He has represented construction companies in contract disputes, bid disputes, bond claims, abandonment claims, Chapter 93A consumer protection claims, mechanic’s liens claims, construction defect claims, indemnity claims, and insurance coverage issues under commercial general liability policies. Mr. Freytag also advises commercial landlords and tenants Read More

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Donald L. Graham

Partner

(617) 479-5000 dgraham@mhtl.com

Mr. Graham is a managing partner with Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane, LLP and directs the firm’s corporate and commercial law practice areas. Mr. Graham has over thirty-five years experience in corporate organization, commercial contracting, business acquisition and sales, license and royalty agreements, intellectual property protection, commercial financing (bank, private placement and venture), commercial real estate acquisition, sale, leasing and construction, as well as general business counseling and advice. He has served as an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association and has Read More

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Katherine A. Hesse

Partner

(617) 479-5000 khesse@mhtl.com

Katherine Hesse is one of the founding partners of Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane, LLP. Ms. Hesse concentrates her practice primarily in labor and employment and employee benefits law serving as counsel to individuals, business, government, and tax exempt organizations including hospitals, colleges, churches, and major private and public retirement and health plans. She has litigated numerous employment and benefits cases before the state and federal trial and appellate courts, administrative agencies and arbitrators. She is also an active practitioner in all Read More

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Paul G. King

Associate

617-479-5000 pking@mhtl.com

Mr. King’s practice is primarily focused on the areas of labor and employment law in the public and private sector, education law, and litigation. Mr. King has represented clients in collective bargaining negotiations, before administrative bodies, and in federal and state courts. Mr. King routinely handles employee disciplinary matters and represents employers during arbitrations. Mr. King conducts investigations into workplace misconduct such as sexual harassment and discrimination. In addition, he represents school districts and school committees in a variety of Read More

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Michael C. Lehane

Retired

(617) 479-5000 mlehane@mhtl.com

Mr. Lehane spent most of his forty year legal career in labor and employment law and public sector work. Mr. Lehane served as the Town Counsel to the Towns of Bedford, Danvers, and Norwood. He served as special counsel to municipalities and school committees on litigation matters, and he served as labor counsel to a number of municipalities and other public entities. Mr. Lehane handled a variety of public sector matters including land use and zoning, eminent domain, environmental protection, Read More

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Michael J. Maccaro

Partner

(617) 479-5000 mmaccaro@mhtl.com

Mr. Maccaro’s practice is focused on the areas of labor and employment in the public and private sector, litigation, and employee benefits. Following law school, Mr. Maccaro served as a Law Clerk to the Justices of the Superior Court for two years. Prior to joining Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane LLP, Mr. Maccaro served as Associate General Counsel for a large public sector labor union.  He has litigated numerous matters, negotiated hundreds of contracts and has argued before various state courts, appellate courts, and Read More

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Doris R. MacKenzie Ehrens

Attorney

(617) 479-5000 drmackehrens@mhtl.com

Ms. Ehrens has forty years’ experience in civil litigation, including special education, public sector, commercial/corporate, bankruptcy, personal injury (plaintiff and defense), employment litigation, and multiemployer trust fund litigation. She has extensive experience in federal and state, trial and appellate courts. Ms. Ehrens is admitted to practice in Massachusetts and Alaska, the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts, the United States District Court for the District of Alaska, and the United States Courts of Appeals for the First and Ninth Circuits. She Read More

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Peter T. McNulty

Attorney

(617) 479-5000 pmcnulty@mhtl.com

Formerly corporate counsel at a large Massachusetts Community Bank, Mr. McNulty’s practice is primarily focused on corporate and financial transactional work. Mr. McNulty handles the full spectrum of corporate and real estate matters and has assisted clients with entity formation, real estate transactions, mergers & acquisitions and investments, as well as commercial and residential acquisitions and dispositions. Additionally, Mr. McNulty represents and advises various financial institutions on a wide range of topics, including corporate governance, compliance, construction and secured lending, Read More

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Peter L. Mello

Attorney

(617) 479-5000 pmello@mhtl.com

Mr. Mello represents clients in a robust range of civil litigation and regulatory matters, including in the areas of construction, land use and zoning, employment, contract matters, and disputes involving state and local governmental entities, among others.  He has practiced before state and federal courts and state agencies in Massachusetts, and has successfully represented clients at trial and in appeals.  He has advised private clients and governmental entities alike regarding myriad and diverse issues, including with respect to construction, zoning, Read More

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Rachel L. Mills

Associate

(617) 479-5000 rmills@mhtl.com

Ms. Mills’ practice is primarily focused on the areas of labor and employment law. Ms. Mills was a summer associate with the firm during law school. As a summer associate, Ms. Mills participated in arbitrations, negotiations of collective bargaining agreements, drafting litigation documents, and research on labor and employment matters. Ms. Mills has also worked in our municipal department on a variety of research projects and litigation matters. Ms. Mills graduated summa cum laude from Boston College in 2016 with Read More

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Arthur P. Murphy

Partner

(617) 479-5000 amurphy@mhtl.com

Mr. Murphy’s legal career emphasizes management labor, corporate and litigation matters. Selected in the publication of Best Lawyers in America, Mr. Murphy represents many large and small businesses, including Fortune 500 corporations, and serves as counsel to a variety of trade associations as well as major governmental agencies in all areas of labor and employment law. Mr. Murphy has presented and argued hundreds of cases including labor and employment matters in proceedings at the administrative, state and federal levels. He has successfully argued labor Read More

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Kathryn M. Murphy

Partner

(617) 479-5000 kmurphy@mhtl.com

Ms. Murphy practices in the employment and labor law areas.  She has many years of experience representing employers in matters involving employment discrimination, wage and hour, contracts, whistleblowing, and other employment-related concerns.  Ms. Murphy’s practice also focuses upon working proactively with employers to address matters before legal disputes arise.  She conducts internal investigations on behalf of employers, provides training, day-to-day counseling in employment areas, development of policies and procedures, and other advisory services. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Murphy Read More

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Karis L. North

Attorney

(617) 479-5000 knorth@mhtl.com

Karis L. North 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 currently Town Counsel for the Town of Natick, Special Counsel to the Towns of Cohasset and Burlington, and provides legal services to other cities and towns in Massachusetts.  Ms. North is also an experienced litigator on behalf of municipalities and municipal agencies, private parties, and non-profit organizations.  She has experience Read More

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Nan O'Neill

Partner

617-479-5000 noneill@mhtl.com

Nan is Senior Counsel in the law firm of Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane, LLP with 30 years of experience counseling and representing employers in all aspects of employment and traditional labor law. Nan has extensive experience in the litigation of employment-related disputes, including discrimination, reasonable accommodation, sexual harassment and wrongful termination matters, before state and federal courts and administrative agencies such as the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, having litigated approximately 30 cases in Massachusetts courts and the MCAD. As an employment Read More

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Clifford R. Rhodes

Attorney

crhodes@mhtl.com

Mr. Rhodes received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Iowa where he was a University Honors Scholar. In 1992, Mr. Rhodes received his. J.D. from the University of Iowa, College of Law graduating with distinction, and serving as a member of the Iowa Law Review.  He obtained his MBA from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and received his LLM in Taxation, Magna Cum Laude, from the University of Alabama School of Law.  He has extensive experience in health care compliance Read More

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Vineesha S. Sow

Associate

(617) 479-5000 vsow@mhtl.com

Ms. Sow is an attorney in the firm’s Education Law and Special Education Law Groups, working in regular and special education issues.  Prior to coming to Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane, she held positions, representing indigent clients in special education matters, and providing mental health advocacy to children with complex mental health needs. Ms. Sow also provided several trainings on special education and school discipline to communities throughout Massachusetts. She has given lectures at Harvard Law School and Boston College Law School Read More

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Mary Ellen Sowyrda

Partner

(617) 479-5000 msowyrda@mhtl.com

Ms. Sowyrda is a partner at the firm and heads the Special Education Department within Murphy, Hesse, Toomey and Lehane, LLP, which currently represents approximately 160 school districts and educational collaboratives in the field of Special Education Law.  She is involved in all aspects of litigation including hearings, mediations, pre-hearing conferences with the Bureau of Special Education Appeals and court cases. She provides clients with daily advice on school-related legal issues and deals with the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, the Read More

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Sarah C. Spatafore

Partner

(617) 479-5000 sspatafore@mhtl.com

Ms. Spatafore is a partner with the firm. She practices primarily in the labor and employment area, representing both public and private clients.  Ms. Spatafore also handles education issues.  Ms. Spatafore has represented clients before a number of courts and administrative tribunals at both the state and federal level. Ms. Spatafore regularly advises clients on a variety of issues related to labor and employment, represents clients on issues related to collective bargaining, grievances, and arbitrations, and has conducted numerous workplace Read More

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Alisia St. Florian

Partner

(617) 479-5000 astflorian@mhtl.com

Ms. St. Florian is a Partner at Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane, LLP, and is a member of the firm’s Special Education Law Group.  Ms. St. Florian represents school districts in all aspects of special education litigation, from administrative hearings at the Massachusetts Bureau of Special Education Appeals (BSEA) through to all levels of judicial appeal.  In addition, Ms. St. Florian frequently presents workshops on issues regarding special education, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, state and federal student record Read More

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Regina Williams Tate

Partner

(617) 479-5000 gtate@mhtl.com

Ms. Tate has been practicing law since 1978. She practices primarily in the areas of labor and education law. Her practice in the area of education covers the spectrum of issues related to education including student discipline, special education, Education Reform, due process rights of teachers and other school employees, and other employment matters, academic freedom and civil rights. She also participates in the collective bargaining process on behalf of her education clients. She has served as counsel to over 60 school committees and private schools, providing Read More

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James A. Toomey

Partner

(617) 479-5000 jtoomey@mhtl.com

Mr. Toomey’s practice focused on municipal, education, corporate and labor matters and related litigation. A veteran in the field of municipal law and education law, Mr. Toomey’s expertise coverd the full range of legal matters affecting municipalities including land use and zoning, environmental and public health issues, licensing, procurement, labor and employment, public education, and related litigation. He is a Past President of the City Solicitors and Town Counsel Association and was a member of the National School Board Association’s Read More

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Felicia S. Vasudevan

Attorney

(617) 479-5000 fvasudevan@mhtl.com

Ms. Vasudevan is an attorney in the firm’s Education Law and Special Education Law Groups, working in regular and special education issues. Ms. Vasudevan represents school districts in all aspects of special education litigation, from administrative hearings at the Massachusetts Bureau of Special Education Appeals (BSEA) through to all levels of judicial appeal.  She represents school districts in matters of student discipline, civil rights issues, collective bargaining, public procurement, and employment issues.  She presents workshops on issues such as conducting investigations, evaluations, Read More

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Kier Wachterhauser

Partner

(617) 479-5000 kwachterhauser@mhtl.com

Mr. Wachterhauser is a partner at MHTL.  Mr. Wachterhauser represents private and public sector clients in all areas of labor and employment law and maintains a general litigation practice.  Mr. Wachterhauser regularly counsels clients on employment matters, including wage and hour, leave entitlements, and discrimination and harassment matters, as well as the drafting of employment policies and contracts, and represents clients in employment-related litigation before state and federal courts and administrative bodies, such as the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination and Read More

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Andrew J. Waugh

Partner

(617) 479-5000 awaugh@mhtl.com

General counsel to a number of towns and school committees, Mr. Waugh’s practice focuses on education and municipal law, with an emphasis labor and employment matters. Mr. Waugh works with and advises employers on various employment matters including hiring, discipline and termination issues, drafting severance agreements, FMLA and ADA issues, and compliance with other state and federal discrimination and/or civil rights laws. Mr. Waugh has extensive experience negotiating and drafting collective bargaining agreements, and he defends employers in grievance arbitrations and unfair labor practice charges Read More

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Geoffrey P. Wermuth

Retired

(617) 479-5000 gwermuth@mhtl.com

Geoffrey P. Wermuth – Mr. Wermuth emphasizes on a variety of litigation matters including labor and employment, contracts, withdrawal liability, real estate fiduciary and governmental.  He is admitted to practice before all Massachusetts courts, the Federal District Court of Massachusetts, Federal Bankruptcy Court, and the First and Fourth Federal Circuit Courts of Appeal.  Mr. Wermuth represents private and public labor and municipal clients before administrative bodies such as the National Labor Relations Board, Massachusetts Division of Labor Relations, courts at the Read More

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Charles Desmond

Advisory Board

617-479-5000

Dr. Charles Desmond is a member of the MHTL Advisory Board, advising on matters in private, non-profit, public, and educational areas. Dr. Desmond has broad and extensive experience at the senior-most levels of government, higher education, philanthropy, and in non-governmental agencies. His leadership accomplishments range from chairing the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education to initiating multi-layered corporate and philanthropic engagements in local, regional and national educational initiatives.  As a policy analyst and senior advocacy expert, Dr. Desmond has four decades Read More

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Thomas Jorling

Advisory Board

(617) 479-5000

Before becoming one of the major architects of the Clean Air and Water Acts, Tom Jorling started out with a dream when he was 17 years old to be an All American football player at Ohio State, Michigan or Notre Dame.  After being named All-State in Ohio in his junior year, he  was recruited by major colleges, he attended Notre Dame where, after shattering his knee during his sophomore year, his interest turned to biology and the environment.   After earning Read More

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