Notable & Quotable: MBA members in the news and more

Thursday, April 19, 2018

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  • “Legal-mal suit not time barred,” Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (April 16). MBA members Kevin T. Peters, James S. Bolan and George A. Berman were quoted about a Superior Court judge's ruling that the statute of limitations did not preclude a client’s legal malpractice claim against his attorneys. By misrepresenting the strength of their client’s case, the lawyers allegedly cost the plaintiff the opportunity to settle a lawsuit brought against him. 
  • “Landlord and tenant attorneys scrap over mandatory escrow,” Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (April 16). MBA members Annette R. Duke and Patricia Ann Whiting were quoted in a story about proposed legislation that would require tenants involved in pending eviction cases to pay rent into escrow upon motion by property owners. Duke will receive the Access to Justice Award for Legal Services at the MBA’s Annual Dinner on April 24. 
  • “Manion on the move: tough decision but one that made sense,” Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (April 16). MBA member Harry L. Manion, quoted in this week’s Hearsay column, discussed the recent merger of his 14-member commercial litigation team, Manion, Gaynor & Manning, with Virginia-based Hunton & Williams. Manion said the move is indicative of a changing legal market, with the resources of a large firm enabling smaller boutiques to better handle major cases. 
  • “Authenticating ‘electronically stored evidence’ at trial,” Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (April 16). MBA member Daniel J. Dwyer wrote a special feature to educate litigators about how to authenticate electronically stored evidence, including separate breakdowns on emails, websites, social media and text messages.
  • “NLRB, please leave regional directors on the job,” Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (April 16). MBA member Burton E. Rosenthal wrote an opinion piece in opposition to a proposed restructuring at the National Labor Relations Board, urging President Donald Trump’s general counsel appointee to retain current regional directors and “reverse the vacuum in Boston-based managers serving Massachusetts and New England.”  
  • “Stormy and the lawyers: Ethics 101,” Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (April 16). MBA member Thomas F. Maffei wrote an opinion piece in which he said the reported actions of Michael Cohen, personal attorney to President Donald Trump, raise interesting questions about what it means to be a lawyer. Cohen is said to have acted without Trump’s knowledge in negotiating a non-disclosure agreement with pornographic actress Stormy Daniels, who allegedly had an affair with the president. 
  • “The long history of why Officer Sean Gannon's murder suspect wasn't in jail,” Boston 25 News (April 13). MBA Executive Management Board member Peter T. Elikann was interviewed by Boston 25 News about why the man charged with murdering Yarmouth K-9 Officer Sean Gannon was free to commit the crime despite a lengthy history of violent convictions.

In Other News

Articles, blogs and other news recently shared on the Massachusetts Bar Association's social media sites. 

"Equal Pay Act is closing in on Mass. employers," Law 360 (April 17), via @goulstonstorrs.

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