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May 2017 Murphy & Riley, P.C., is pleased to announce that Roger Soun has joined the firm.  Roger will be defending not for profit social service agencies as well as defending general liability claims.... [More]
Nov 2016 Five Murphy & Riley attorneys named Super Lawyers. Super Lawyers, a rating service that publishes an annual list of top lawyers based upon recommendations, independent research and peer review, has named five of the firm’s attorneys to the list of... [More]
Oct 2016 Lisa White was recently a panelist, for the second year in a row, at the Taking Depositions Workshop at Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education.  The workshop, a two-day event at MCLE, provides a unique hands-on opportunity for new attorneys to learn... [More]
Oct 2016 Murphy & Riley, P.C., is pleased to announce that Amy B. Welch has joined the firm.  Amy will be defending not for profit social service agencies as well as defending general liability claims.  ... [More]
Jul 2016 Joe King was recently elected President of the Frank J. Murray Inn of Court, which is the local chapter of The American Inns of Court.  The American Inns of Court is an association of lawyers, judges, and other legal professionals. ... [More]
May 2016 Murphy & Riley, P.C., is pleased to announce that Paul R. Kennedy has joined the firm.  Paul will be defending not for profit social service agencies as well as defending general liability claims.... [More]
Apr 2016 Murphy & Riley, P.C., is pleased to announce that Michele N. Detherage has joined the firm as an Assocaite.  Michele will be defending insurance claims as well as general liability claims.... [More]
Jun 2015 Lisa Oliver White received the Rising Star Award from the Massachusetts Defense Lawyers Association at the Annual Meeting in May 2015.  The Massachusetts Defense Lawyers Association is a voluntary association of trial lawyers who defend corporations, individuals and insurance companies in... [More]
Oct 2014 Lisa Oliver White has once again been selected to the Massachusetts Super Lawyers Rising Stars list.  Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive... [More]
May 2014 Elizabeth J. Riley has joined the firm as an Associate. Ms. Riley graduated from Boston College (B.A. 2008) and Northeastern University School of Law (J.D. 2012). Elizabeth joins the firm after clerking for the justices of Probate and Family courts.... [More]
Feb 2014 Richard A. Christine, Jr. has joined the firm as an Associate.  Mr. Christine graduated from American University (BA 2001) and Northeastern University School of Law (J.D. 2005).  Rick’s practice will provides counsel on personal injury defense, including products liability, premises liability,... [More]
Nov 2013 Lisa Oliver White has been selected to the 2013 Massachusetts Super Lawyers Rising Stars list. Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this... [More]
Jun 2013 Attorneys Christopher M. Bracci, Chesley H. Davis, Christopher G. Long, William P. Mekrut, and Lisa Oliver White recently participated in the 2013 Lawyers Have Heart 5K Road Race in Boston, MA, which benefited the American Heart Association.  The race had... [More]
May 2013 Susan Donnelly Murphy and Kevin M. Sullivan attended the Defense Research Institute’s Drug and Medical Device Seminar in New York on May 16-17, 2013.  Murphy & Riley, P.C.’s practice includes the representation of pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers, and this... [More]
Jan 2013 Stephen D. Coppolo has joined the firm as an associate.  Stephen is a granduate of Colgate (BA, summa cum laude 2001, Phi BeTa Kappa) and the College of William and Mary (J.D. 2007) where he served as the Senior Articles... [More]
Jan 2013 Kevin M. Sullivan was a featured panelist at the January 14, 2013 Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education seminar on “Handling Medical Malpractice Cases.”  The seminar provided instruction to attorneys on the procedural and substantive law unique to medical malpractice cases, including... [More]
Dec 2012 Kevin M. Sullivan was admitted to the New Hampshire bar on December 18, 2012, allowing Murphy & Riley, P.C. to serve clients in New Hampshire, as well as Massachusetts.  Kevin has been licensed in Massachusetts since 1994.... [More]
Nov 2011 Susan Murphy has been selected by the Board of Directors of the International Association of Defense Counsel to serve as a faculty member for the IADC’s 40th Defense Counsel Trial Academy to take place at Stanford Law School in 2012.... [More]
Jun 2011 Peter C. Kober has joined the firm as of counsel.  Peter is a graduate of the University of Denver (B.A.,  cum laude 1973) and Boston University School of Law (J.D., 1976).  He was admitted to practice in Massachusetts in 1977... [More]
May 2011 Melissa S. Arnold joined the firm. Melissa received her law degree from Boston University School of Law in 2002. She brings six years experience in general and premises liability, as well as products liability. Earlier in her career, her practice... [More]
Mar 2011 Murphy & Riley, P.C. is pleased to announce the relocation of its offices to 101 Summer Street, Boston, MA 02110.... [More]
Feb 2011 Lauren J. Birnbaum joined the firm. Lauren received her law degree from Stetson University College of Law in 2000. Lauren has been a member of the Massachusetts Bar since 2006. She brings five years experience in general and premises liability,... [More]
Feb 2011 Susan Murphy attended the Mid-Year meeting of the International Association of Defense Counsel in Pebble Beach, California. At the meeting Susan attended the keynote address by Senator Bill Bradley and participated in many continuing education programs addressing E-Discovery and amendments... [More]
 

Legal Notes

Dec 2016 The Supreme Judicial Court recently expanded the facts pursuant to which the “mode of operation” approach to commercial premises liability cases is applied. See Bowers v. P. Wile's, Inc., 475 Mass. 34 (2016). Traditionally in Massachusetts, a plaintiff has been required... [More]
Jun 2016 Susan Donnelly Murphy, along with Lisa Oliver White, recently obtained a jury verdict in favor of an obstetrician in a three week jury trial in which the plaintiff sought damages for the wrongful death of his wife during childbirth.  The... [More]
Apr 2016 In a matter of first impression for Massachusetts, on March 7, 2016, the Supreme Judicial Court (“SJC”) held that where two workers’ compensation policies issued by different companies each provide primary coverage for the same loss, an insured may not... [More]
Apr 2016 Jack Coakley recently prevailed in defeating a Plaintiff physician’s appeal of a defense verdict to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in an employment discrimination case.  Jack and his team, which included attorneys Sue Devlin and Steve... [More]
Apr 2016 April 2016 Jack Coakley secured the dismissal of a hostile work environment claim filed with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination by an employee of a central Massachusetts human services agency.  The Complainant alleged that a series of events and comments... [More]
Feb 2016 Robert J. Murphy and Kevin M. Sullivan recently obtained a dismissal on behalf of a Massachusetts social service agency that provided supportive services to individuals with psychiatric diagnoses.  The plaintiff sought damages for “wrongful birth,” alleging that the agency’s negligence... [More]
Feb 2016 Jack Coakley and Melissa Arnold were recently awarded summary judgment on behalf of a Massachusetts hospital in a District Court negligence/premises liability case.  The plaintiff’s estate had claimed that the decedent fell and was injured after tripping on a scale... [More]
Sep 2015 In a recent unpublished decision, the Massachusetts Appeals Court held that a legal malpractice claim failed because the harm/losses claimed by the plaintiffs against the defendant lawyers was outside the foreseeable chain of causation. In HMA Administrators, LLC v. Mintz,... [More]
May 2015 On March 10, 2015, U.S. District Court Judge Nathaniel Gorton allowed the summary judgment motion of Mount Vernon Fire Ins. Co. ("Mt. Vernon"), holding that the insurer did not have a duty to fund an insured’s prosecution of a counterclaim.... [More]
Apr 2015 A recent Appeals Court decision highlights the perils of failing to memorialize all material terms of settlement agreements.  In J2 Interactive, LLC v. BlueWare, Inc., 87 Mass. App. Ct. 1106 (February 20, 2015) (Unpub.), the Court decided (pursuant to Rule... [More]
Feb 2015 In a case of first impression in Massachusetts, Rick Riley and Melissa Arnold recently obtained summary judgment in a federal court action filed by PSI, LLC, the corporate owner of two properties operated as “sober homes” (i.e., transitional homes for... [More]
Dec 2014 Kevin M. Sullivan recently obtained a judgment of dismissal of all claims against his clients following a one-week trial in the Middlesex Superior Court.  The plaintiff alleged the defendants, two employees of a non-profit community development corporation, engaged in unfair... [More]
Nov 2014 Jack Coakley secured the dismissal of a handicap discrimination claim filed with the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.  The Complainant alleged that her hours were cut and she was ultimately terminated after seeking time off to obtain treatment for... [More]
Sep 2014 The Appeals Court recently issued an interesting rescript opinion pursuant to Rule 1:28 dealing with the Plaintiff’s burden of proof on the issue of causation before a medical malpractice tribunal.  In Gonzalez v. Harder, et al., 86 Mass. App. Ct.... [More]
Sep 2014 The Massachusetts Appeals Court recently held that a dishonest/criminal acts exclusion in a first-party property insurance policy precluded all coverage – even for innocent co-insureds -- for fire damage intentionally caused by one of several insureds. In USF Insurance Company... [More]
Jul 2014 Murphy & Riley attorneys Jack Coakley and Steve Coppolo successfully moved to dismiss all counts of a former employee’s lawsuit against his employer for the alleged failure to provide him with health benefits through the company’s benefit plan.  U.S. District... [More]
Jun 2014 Peter Kober successfully appealed a case involving Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 143, §51, which imposes strict liability on an “owner” or other party in control of a “place of assembly, theatre, special hall, public hall, factory, workshop, manufacturing establishment or... [More]
Jun 2014 In a matter of first impression for Massachusetts, the Supreme Judicial Court (“SJC”) held that where an employee of a charitable corporation (or the estate of an employee of a charitable corporation) sues the individual directors of the charitable corporation... [More]
Jan 2014 Jack Coakley secured an arbitrator’s award in favor of a property owner in a negligence/premises liability case.  The plaintiff alleged that she fell in a hospital cafeteria due to the presence of spilled-food on the floor.  The plaintiff invoked the... [More]
Jan 2014 Recently, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court issued a decision further refining (and limiting) the scope of the open and obvious doctrine in personal injury cases in Massachusetts.  In Dos Santos v. Coleta, 465 Mass. 148 (2013), the Court held that... [More]
Jan 2014 Richard J. Riley and William P. Mekrut obtained summary judgment in a wrongful death action on behalf of the firm’s client, an automotive  towing company. The case involved an accident that occurred on Interstate Route 495 when a vehicle traveling... [More]
Sep 2013 Joseph A. King and Kevin M. Sullivan recently obtained a summary judgment on behalf of a major Boston hospital in a case involving allegations of negligent hiring, retention, and supervision.  The plaintiff alleged that she was sexually assaulted by an... [More]
Apr 2013 Joseph A. King and Kevin M. Sullivan recently obtained summary judgment in favor of a physician in a lawsuit alleging medical malpractice.  The Plaintiff alleged the OB/GYN specialist was negligent in the performance of a circumcision on a newborn child... [More]
Jan 2013 A healthcare cost control bill signed into law on August 6, 2012 alters the procedural landscape of Massachusetts medical malpractice law.  The new law, Chapter 224 of 2012 Acts, enacts M.G.L. c. 231, sec. 60L, which establishes that a person... [More]
Dec 2012 Jack Coakley secured the dismissal of a place of public accommodation discrimination claim filed with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination by a restaurant patron allegedly denied service by the Respondent restaurant.  The Complainant alleged that he was denied service at... [More]
Aug 2012 Jack Coakley secured the dismissal of race discrimination and retaliation claims filed with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination by a former employee of a human services agency that provided residential services to disabled persons.  The Complainant’s employment was terminated after... [More]
Jul 2012 Robert J. Murphy and Kevin M. Sullivan obtained summary judgment on behalf of a Defendant property owner/lessor in a personal injury action brought by an employee of the tenant, a non-profit company operating a homeless shelter within the leased premises. ... [More]
Jun 2012 Jack Coakley secured the dismissal of race discrimination and harassment claims filed with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination by a former employee of an agency that provided residential, vocational and other supportive services to veterans of the United States Armed... [More]
May 2012   Recently, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court held that a minor host, who did not provide or serve alcohol to her guests, was not liable for injuries sustained by guests who consumed their own alcohol at a party and were... [More]
Apr 2012 Michael Roche recently obtained dismissal of a Complaint for Declaratory Judgment in an insurance coverage dispute in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts on behalf of the firm’s client, a professional liability insurance carrier.  A policyholder consulting... [More]
Apr 2012 Michael Roche recently obtained summary judgment in U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts on all counts of a Complaint against the firm’s clients, a property and casualty insurance company and its managing agent.  The Plaintiffs’ Complaint alleged violations... [More]
Mar 2012 Jack Coakley secured the dismissal of a race discrimination claim filed with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination by a former employee of a company that provided concierge services to the residents of a condominium complex.  The Complainant’s employment was terminated... [More]
Mar 2012 Jack Coakley and Susan Devlin were recently awarded summary judgment on behalf of a property owner in a Superior Court negligence/premises liability case.  The plaintiff had claimed that she fell and was injured due to a defective floor mat on... [More]
Jan 2012 Peter Kober represented Vermont Mutual Insurance Company in a case that was recently decided by the First Circuit Court of Appeals.  The First Circuit held that Vermont Mutual had not breached its duty to defend an insured (under a homeowner’s... [More]
Sep 2011 Susan Donnelly Murphy successfully defended three physicians in a complex medical malpractice action in which the defendant obstetricians allegedly failed to ascertain a history of shoulder dystocia and allegedly failed to properly address the shoulder dystocia when it recurred.  The... [More]
Aug 2011 Jack Coakley successfully defended a Hampden County human services agency accused of civil rights and 42 U.S.C. § 1983 violations during a two-day evidentiary hearing in the Hampden County Housing Court on a motion for preliminary injunctive relief.  While the... [More]
Aug 2011 Joseph A. King and Kevin M. Sullivan were recently awarded summary judgment on behalf of a Defendant in a Superior Court negligence action.  Plaintiff slipped and fell at commercial premises owned by the Defendant and leased to others, sustaining a... [More]
Jul 2011 The Massachusetts Appeals Court recently issued an insurance coverage opinion in which it interpreted the word “maintain” in the context of a Protective Safeguards Endorsement in a first-party property insurance policy.  The policy at issue required, as a condition for... [More]
Jul 2011 Christopher Long successfully argued a motion to dismiss and a motion for summary judgment in favor of his two clients in a case alleging negligent supervision of a woman suffering from severe physical and mental impairments. Plaintiff alleged that as... [More]
Jul 2011 Susan Devlin was successful in obtaining the dismissal of all claims filed against an emergency room physician with respect to her report of suspected child abuse of the Plaintiff’s daughter.  The physician reported her suspicions of abuse pursuant to her... [More]
Jul 2011 Bob Murphy and Chris Long obtained a defense verdict in a trial alleging negligent maintenance of training equipment by the defendant health club.  The plaintiff alleged that she tripped and fell, sustaining serious personal injuries, as a result of the... [More]
Mar 2011 Jack Coakley secured the dismissal of gender/sexual orientation discrimination claims asserted by two former employees of a substance abuse center, which were filed against their former employer with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (“MCAD”).  The Complainants, both women, began a... [More]
Oct 2010 Susan Donnelly Murphy and Kevin M. Sullivan successfully defended a physician in a recent medical malpractice/wrongful death trial in the Suffolk County Superior Court.  The Plaintiff alleged the physician, a specialist in Internal Medicine and Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, failed... [More]
Oct 2010 Jack Coakley obtained a defense verdict in the Essex County Superior Court in a wrongful termination case.  The plaintiff, a truck driver, alleged that he was terminated by his employer, a land transport company, for repeatedly refusing to drive the... [More]
Feb 2010 William Mekrut won an appeal at the Massachusetts Appeals Court in a case involving a consumer protection act claim against a doctor.  The decision is unpublished. See Musial v. Kang, 2010 Mass. App. LEXIS 171 (Mass. App. 2010) Unpub.... [More]