The practice of law is an art. Though many situations requiring a lawyer’s attention are similar, each has unique elements.
My practice is focused on, but not limited to, three areas.
Employment law for the employee. Most large employers have staffs in human resources dedicated to preventing employment discrimination, but sometimes discrimination does occur. Each case is different. The trick is recognizing illegal discrimination when it occurs. It can occur without the people involved even realizing it. Within the past decade, I have obtained a $329,000 jury verdict in an age discrimination case and have obtained private settlements in sexual harassment cases.
Civil and criminal litigation. I approach every legal controversy as if I had to deliver an opening statement to the jury next week. I have tried over sixty cases to jury verdict in the federal and state courts in New York , Massachusetts and Rhode Island. I have briefed and argued over twenty-five cases in the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. In criminal law, where I have represented fourteen defendant appellants in the Court of Appeals, I have obtained seven reversals. That represents a success rate of 42%.
Estate planning. Most people think of trusts, wills and taxes when they think of estate planning. These are important documents, but they are at the bottom of the list of items to be considered.
In the case of young couples with children, the most important documents give each spouse the power to transact business for the other in the event of illness. The second most important document allows one spouse to attend to the health care needs of the other. In the absence of this document, the intervention of a probate court might be necessary.
The third most important document is really a combination of a will and trusts. Here, a couple should provide for the care, supervision, upbringing and financial well being of their children in the event of the unthinkable disaster.