Member Spotlight

Issue September 2003

Joseph H. Born recently joined Foley Hoag's intellectual property practice group as a new partner. Previously he was a partner at Cesari and McKenna LLP, where he practiced for more than 20 years.

Born's intellectual property practice at Foley Hoag will concentrate principally in patent-application prosecution, infringement opinions and related client counseling. He has prepared and prosecuted patent applications directed to technological areas such as signal processing, computer architecture, control systems, image processing, pattern recognition, compiler design, circuit-board testing, microlithography, cryptography, communications protocols, optics, high-efficiency distillation and object detectors and other sensors.

MCA The Real Estate Bar Association has added three mediators to its Dispute Resolution Panel to respond to a growing caseload and the need for greater depth in environmental issues. New panelists include George M. Dallas, Arthur P. Kreiger and retired Land Court Judge Chief Justice Peter W. Kilborn.

Dallas is a seasoned mediator and senior real estate practitioner with nearly 40 years of experience in litigation, commercial leasing and environmental matters. He serves as of counsel to Urbelis & Fieldsteel. He trained as a mediator in the Harvard Law School mediation program and received advanced mediation training from the New Law Center. He has mediated more than 200 cases.

Kreiger, of the Cambridge firm Anderson & Krieger, has 15 years of experience practicing environmental and land-use litigation. He has taught advanced environmental law and addressed Massachusetts judges on the management of complex environmental cases for the Flaschner Judicial Institute. His areas of expertise include transactional advice, mediation and litigation regarding a wide variety of environmental issues from transactional advice to wetlands protection.

Kilborn served as chief justice of the Massachusetts Land Court from 1996 until his retirement from the bench in February 2003 and as a Land Court associate justice from 1989-1996. He chaired the Supreme Judicial Court's committee to review Rules of Judicial Conduct and appeared many times as a faculty member on forums relating to zoning, subdivision and other real estate matters. Prior to joining the Land Court, Kilborn was a partner at Rackemann, Sawyer & Brewster, where he practiced all aspects of real estate law and also served as managing director for many years.

Tracy A. LaChance has joined as an associate the Barrington, N.H., law firm of J. Kirk Trombley, P.A. A 2002 graduate of New England School of Law, LaChance worked as an adjuster with a Boston insurance company handling workers' compensation claims prior to joining the firm. Licensed to practice in Massachusetts, Maine and New Hampshire, LaChance will be providing legal services to clients in the areas of workers' compensation, subrogation and liability.

Sandy S. Shen has joined the litigation division of Eckert Seamans Cherin and Mellott as an associate. She concentrates on general civil litigation, including breach of contract, real estate, employment and securities cases.