Issue December 2011

LCL appoints Dowell executive director

Attorney Rodney S. Dowell has been named executive director of Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers Inc. (LCL), its board of directors announced.

Founded in 1978, LCL is the only lawyer assistance program in Massachusetts exclusively dedicated to helping with personal and professional issues faced by Massachusetts law students, lawyers, judges and their families by providing confidential counseling and referral resources, peer support groups, and law office management guidance.

"I am very excited about the opportunity to lead LCL," Dowell said, "and I am looking forward to continuing the fine work accomplished by the organization."

In addition to managing LCL and its clinical staff, Dowell will continue to direct LCL's Law Office Management Assistance Program (LOMAP), which is based in the same downtown Boston office as LCL. Jared Correia will act as LOMAP's senior practice advisor, with plans to add another practice advisor in the next several months.

"While reducing day-to-day consultations (with LOMAP clients), I'll still be directing the operations," Dowell said.

In 2007, Dowell helped create and started serving as executive director of LOMAP, which the board said he was "instrumental" in building "into a viable and vibrant LCL subsidiary organization. As the director of LOMAP, attorney Dowell demonstrated a proven ability to lead and grow a lawyers' assistance program. In addition, based upon 18 years as a practicing litigation attorney and as a founding partner of a law firm, attorney Dowell brings a real-life perspective necessary to effectively work with attorneys seeking LCL's services.

"As demonstrated by his proven track record, the board is confident that attorney Dowell will continue the excellent work of LCL and to effectively forward LCL's mission," the board said. "We are pleased to have him at the helm."

Balliro receives 
Super Lawyers, Best Lawyers honors

Juliane Balliro, an attorney in the Boston office of Nelson, Mullins, Riley & Scarborough, has received two honors from her peers recently. She was selected as one of Massachusetts 2011's "Super Lawyers" and chosen for inclusion in the 2012 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

Balliro has tried cases in the areas of white-collar criminal defense and employment law for more than 25 years. She represents companies, executives and individuals in complex business, employment and criminal cases. She has tried more than 100 cases in various state and federal courts and has authored and argued dozens of appeals.

She was named to the "Super Lawyers" list in the category of Employment Litigation: Defense.

Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement, according to the organization. The selection process is multi-phased and includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations.

Lawyers are selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers is based on a peer-review survey. Lawyers are not allowed to pay a fee to be listed and selection is based on confidential evaluations by and interviews of the top attorneys in the country.

Sullivan named 2012 "Lawyer of the Year" 
by Best Lawyers

Best Lawyers named Meghan B. Sullivan managing partner at Sullivan, Hayes & Quinn as the 2012 "Springfield, MA Best Lawyers Labor Law - Management Lawyer of the Year."

Best Lawyers conducts nearly 4 million confidential peer-review surveys.

Sullivan is admitted to the state and federal courts in both Massachusetts and Connecticut, and is a member of the MBA's Labor and Employment Law and Civil Litigation sections. Previously, she worked as a prosecutor in the Office of the Hampden County District Attorney. She received her J.D. from Quinnipiac University School of Law.

She has also been named a "Rising Star" among Massachusetts attorneys four times by Boston magazine and a "Rising Star in New England." She was featured as a "Woman to Watch" and recognized as one of the "40 under 40" by Business West.

Sullivan, Hayes & Quinn, with offices in Springfield and New York, specializes in employment and labor law.

Murphy named Bankruptcy-Litigation Lawyer of the Year

Harold B. Murphy, shareholder and founder of Murphy & King PC in Boston, has been selected as Bankruptcy-Litigation Lawyer of the Year in Massachusetts by Best Lawyers.

Murphy is also director of the firm's Bankruptcy and Financial Restructuring Group, specializing in commercial law and bankruptcy. He also has significant experience in commercial finance, litigation and secured lending. The firm also has offices in Washington, D.C., and New York.

He has played a key role in representing companies in a number of high-profile reorganizations, including One and Two International Place, The W Hotel and Residences, Modern Continental, the Ground Round, GPX Tire and Woodworker's Warehouse.

"We have had the opportunity to represent some great companies in their financial restructurings," Murphy said.