Court and Community News

Thursday, June 24, 2021
​Cocciardi appointed as associate court administrator for the Mass. Trial Court; Recent rule changes announced; Law office space available in Newton; Job openings: Executive director at Mass. IOLTA Committee; Vermont law firm seeks principal; Insurance defense attorneys at GSSP in NH; Attorney at Mass. Laborers' Legal Services


Cocciardi appointed as associate court administrator for the Mass. Trial Court

Trial Court Administrator John A. Bello this week announced that he has appointed Matthew P. Cocciardi as associate court administrator for the Massachusetts Trial Court. Cocciardi most recently worked at the commonwealth’s Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance (DCAMM) for the past six years. Cocciardi begins his new position effective July 12.  

As the chief of staff and deputy chief of staff at DCAMM since January 2018, Cocciardi coordinated the management of the agency’s day-to-day operations, including the agency’s $2 billion five-year capital budget and operations at DCAMM’s state office buildings. He also coordinated the planning and ongoing construction for DCAMM projects, real estate and leasing transactions, all agency internal and external communications, the human resources department, the legislative portfolio and various strategic initiatives. Prior to his time at DCAMM, he served as the deputy legislative director and a policy analyst in the Massachusetts House of Representatives. 

Cocciardi was appointed in 2019 by Governor Charlie Baker to serve on the Council on the Underground Economy, which serves businesses and taxpayers by coordinating enforcement actions and investigations between state and federal agencies. He is a former Town Meeting member in Danvers and previously served on the Masconomet Regional School Committee. He is a graduate of Bates College in Maine and St. John’s Prep in Danvers, where he lives with his wife and son.


Recent rule changes announced

Clerk for the Commonwealth Francis V. Kenneally has announced the following recent notices of rule changes:

Amendments to Superior Court Rules 9C and 30B, New Rule 74, and Repeal of Rules 76 and 77
Effective: The repeal of Rules 76 and 77 is effective immediately. The amendments to Rules 9C, 30B and new Rule 74 are effective Sept. 1, 2021.

Amendments to Rules 3 and 8C of the District/Municipal Courts Rules for Appellate Division Appeal 
Effective: July 1, 2021

Amendments to Rule V1.7 of the Rules of the Board of Bar Examiners
Effective: July 1, 2021


Law office space available in Newton

Four offices plus an adjacent large secretarial space are available for rent (singly or in combination) in a small, friendly law firm suite in a modern Newton Corner professional building. The space is secure and quiet, receives lots of daylight, and features a shared reception area, library, conference room, kitchen and recycling. The building is well-maintained and fully COVID compliant, with HEPA filters in all common areas.  

Parking is available in an adjacent garage, and there are many nearby dining options and amenities, including a hotel restaurant. The building offers easy access to the Mass. Pike and is located across the street from the express bus to downtown Boston.

All lawyers and allied professionals are welcome. For further information, please contact Matthew Ritter, firm administrator at Messing, Rudavsky & Weliky PC, at


Job Openings

Executive director at Mass. IOLTA Committee

The Massachusetts Interest on Lawyers Trust Account Committee (IOLTA Committee) is seeking an executive director with a law degree and a minimum of five years of management or administration experience in the legal aid community, law firms, government, quasi-government or charitable organizations, and a demonstrated commitment to social justice. 

Responsibilities include maximizing revenue, developing positive relationships with civil legal services programs and bar associations to expand the delivery of legal services and IOLTA revenue, developing productive relationships with financial institutions, obtaining attorney and financial institution compliance with IOLTA rules, managing and supervising internal and external IOLTA operations with the chief financial officer, proactively addressing and developing responses to legal and regulatory environment challenges to the IOLTA Committee and its objectives, participating in the modification of the Rules of Professional Conduct on client trust funds as necessary, and implementing the Olchowski decision with the Treasurer’s Office and the Board of Bar Overseers. Review the complete job description here.

The IOLTA Committee is committed to creating a diverse environment and is an equal opportunity employer.

Applicants should submit their resume and cover letter, in strict confidence, for consideration at no later than July 14, 2021. Phone calls will not be accepted.


Vermont law firm seeks principal

Fitts, Olson & Giddings PLC in Brattleboro, Vermont, is seeking an individual or individuals interested in taking over its general law practice due to the planned retirement of its principal. The firm is one of the oldest in southeastern Vermont, with a strong existing client base and book of business as well as highly trained staff in place.

Support and transition training should be minimal, but the firm will provide as much as needed. Email inquiries to


Insurance defense attorneys at GSSP in NH

Getman, Schulthess, Steere & Poulin PA in Manchester, New Hampshire, is seeking a full-time and a part-time insurance defense attorney. Admission to the Maine, New Hampshire or Vermont bar is a plus, and preferred candidates will have five years of litigation experience and familiarity with insurance defense. 

Email a cover letter, writing sample, resume and references to All inquiries will be held in strict confidence.


Attorney at Mass. Laborers' Legal Services

Massachusetts Laborers’ Legal Services in Burlington is seeking a full-time attorney with trial experience for a family and probate law practice that provides services to clients in multiple counties. The position includes all aspects of domestic relations law, guardianships and adoptions, administration of estates, and drafting and executing simple wills and associated documents.  

The ability to communicate in Spanish is required, and candidates must be admitted to practice in Massachusetts. Employer paid benefits include pension, annuity, and family medical, including dental and vision. The salary will be commensurate with experience.

Email a cover letter and resume to