PRACTICE AREAS

Litigation

The firm’s highly-regarded litigation practice is accomplished and experienced in representing clients in complex civil, commercial and criminal matters at all levels of the state, federal courts and administrative bodies.

The firm’s attorneys have extensive courtroom experience. The firm has developed a corps of skilled trial lawyers including two former Assistant Attorneys General, a former Assistant United States Attorney and two former Assistant District Attorneys as well as a team of highly experienced litigators with strong paralegal support. Through this integrated capability, the firm is well-prepared to advocate in any forum where litigation is in the client’s best interest. The firm takes an aggressive approach to dealing with the legal complexities of our clients by providing highly responsive, personalized service by combining our specialized expertise with a highly interactive style. From initial contact through final decision, clients receive consistent, common sense advice and representation on all litigation matters.

The firm’s litigation services also include a strong appellate practice. With the experience gained through having managed cases from local hearings to the state and federal courts, we offer results-oriented representation for our clients at all stages of appeal.

The following is a selected list of sample types of cases in which the firm has experience:

  • Construction
  • Fiduciary/Trust
  • Class Actions
  • Civil Rights
  • White Collar Criminal Matter
  • Labor and Employment
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Product Liability Defense
  • General Liability
  • Director and Officers Liabil
  • Environmental/Land Use
  • Contracts
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Constitutional
  • Education
  • Special Education
  • Municipal
  • Election Law
  • Real Estate
  • Zoning and Conveyancing
  • Non-Competition and Trademarks
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution

Contact us today if you have questions about Litigation

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Peter L. Mello

Partner

(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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MARIJUANA REFORM BILL BECOMES LAW

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.

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