Notable & Quotable: MBA members in the news and more

Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019


  • "Possibly ‘negligent’ insurer didn’t violate 176D, 1st Circuit rules," Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (Dec. 2). MBA member Harvey Nosowitz commented on a 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision, which found that a $120,000 disparity between an insurer's appraisal of ice damage and the amount awarded to the homeowner in a reference hearing did not constitute bad faith under Chapter 176D.

  • "Motions to dismiss: Impress or address?" Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (Dec. 2). Hon. Douglas H. Wilkins, an MBA member and a Superior Court judge, co-wrote a column outlining strategies for preparing oral arguments on motions to dismiss.

  • "Four steps to developing a winning succession plan," Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (Dec. 2). MBA member Susan Letterman White, who chairs the Solo/Small Firm Law Practice Management Section Council, wrote an article explaining how to draft an effective succession plan.

  • "Hundreds turn out to celebrate legal community’s ‘Top Women,’" Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (Dec. 2). MBA President-elect Denise I. Murphy and MBA President John J. Morrissey were featured in a recap of Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly's Nov. 7 Top Women of Law event. Murphy was inducted into the 2019 Circle of Excellence, and Morrissey presented the 2019 Leadership Scholarship to New England Law | Boston student Sujin Han. 

  • “Audit revives DAs’ dismay over sentencing guidelines,” Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (Nov. 25). MBA members Randy Gioia and Martin R. Rosenthal discussed the issue of whether the Massachusetts Sentencing Commission should submit its revised sentencing guidelines to the Legislature. 

  • “Litigation privilege doesn’t shield lawyer from defamation claim,” Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (Nov. 25). MBA members Vincent J. Pisegna, Jonathan D. Plaut and Joseph G. Blute commented on an Appeals Court decision finding that the litigation privilege did not shield an attorney from a defamation suit filed after he made allegedly false accusations in a letter sent on his client’s behalf. 

  • “Bankruptcy trustee can ‘claw back’ tuition payments,” Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (Nov. 25). MBA member Steven Weiss was quoted in a story about a 1st Circuit Court of Appeals ruling, which found that a Chapter 7 trustee could “claw back” $65,000 in tuition payments made by debtors when the funds were legally insolvent. 

  • “Nobody wants to be sued,” Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (Nov. 25). MBA member Melissa Langa co-wrote an overview of the varying state laws governing self-settled domestic asset protections trusts.

  • “‘Incredible shrinking lawyer’ a beacon in weight-loss wars,” Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (Nov. 25). MBA member Matthew P. Barach was profiled in a Hearsay article focused on his more than 80-pound weight-loss journey, which he plans to document in a book tentatively titled “The Fat Lawyer’s Guide to Getting Thin.”

  • “Legal analyst Peter Elikann weighs in on BC texting suicide case,” Boston 25 News (Nov. 22). MBA member Peter T. Elikann was interviewed for a TV segment on the arraignment of a former Boston College student who allegedly sent text messages that led to her boyfriend’s suicide. 
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