We have successfully represented plaintiffs in a broad range of civil lawsuits. Whether it be employment discrimination, personal injury, or medical malpractice, we have obtained favorable settlements and million-dollar jury verdicts.
Our approach is aggressive. We use discovery to our advantage and are never intimidated by the other side. We are creative, often utilizing novel approaches and causes of actions to maximize our clients’ opportunities to be fully compensated.
- Abramian v. President and Fellows of Harvard College
Plaintiff successfully sued Harvard alleging national origin discrimination and retaliation. A jury awarded him $2.9 million.
- 98 Club and Banquet Waiters v. New York City Hotel
Lawsuit on behalf of 98 waiters alleging violation of New York State labor law by their employer, a hotel chain, for impermissibly withholding gratuities. Case settled out of court.
- MassCann v. City of Boston I
First Amendment lawsuit against the City of Boston brought by plaintiffs, a nonprofit marijuana legalization advocacy group. MassCann alleged prior restraint on speech by City for manipulating food vending regulations to prevent MassCann from profiting from the sale of food during their annual Freedom Rally on the Boston Common. Such profits were being used to defray the cost of putting on the rally. The Court ruled for plaintiffs, concluding the City’s actions prevented MassCann from being able to pay for the cost of their speech and therefore was a prior restraint on speech; the City was enjoined from enforcing its regulation.
- MassCann v. City of Boston II
Lawsuit against the City of Boston brought by plaintiffs, a nonprofit marijuana legalization advocacy group. MassCann alleged prior restraint on speech by City for refusing to issue a permit to hold the Freedom Rally on the Boston Common because MassCann speakers at previous rallies had urged the audience to smoke marijuana, which the City claimed was inciting imminent lawless activity. The Court ordered the City to issue the permit forthwith. The Court refused to clarify for the parties whether urging others to smoke marijuana was protected speech, as plaintiffs had argued, or a criminal act, as the City argued. On the day of the Rally, lead counsel John Swomley, took the stage and conducted a test of the First Amendment. He urged every manner of marijuana consumption on every person. He urged President Clinton to smoke pot and Mayor Menino to smoke pot and the Boston Police to smoke pot. He then offered himself to be arrested stage side by Boston Police present for the occasion. He was not arrested and the rally commenced.
- MassCann v. City of Boston III
In 2009, more than 10 years after MassCann I, the City again tried to argue that it could deprive MassCann of its food vending revenue. It was as if they had thought of this trick once again for the very first time. The City found itself in front of the same judge who presided over MassCann II, and the young City attorney, who wasn’t even a lawyer back then, was sent to argue with no knowledge of the history of the litigation. The City was summarily enjoined.
- O’Neil v. Trial Court of Massachusetts
A petition before the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination. Petitioner, a long-time Court Officer at Suffolk County Superior Court, having health problems, fought against the Court’s refusal to accommodate his health needs. He challenged the Court’s arrangement with the various Unions representing Court officers in Massachusetts which acted to prevent the Trial Court from reasonably accommodating Court Officer O’Neil’s handicap by moving him to a court close to his home. The matter was settled favorably. Officer O’Neil, is able to serve the Commonwealth to this day working in the District Court closest to his home. The Commonwealth has become an equal opportunity employer by changing its collective bargaining arrangements to permit bid-based, seniority transfers anywhere in the Commonwealth.
- We have successfully sued cities and police departments for violations of our clients’ constitutional rights. Suits have involved allegations of illegal searches, wrongful arrests, and general deprivations of constitutional rights.
Ongoing Civil Representation
- Baran v. Conway et al.
Plaintiff, a man wrongly convicted and sentenced to multiple life sentences, was finally freed after 22 years of incarceration. After winning his freedom, he is now suing his attorneys for providing him ineffective assistance of counsel at trial and on appeal.
- Baran v. Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Plaintiff, a man wrongly convicted and sentenced to multiple life sentences, was finally freed after 22 years of incarceration. After winning his freedom, he is now seeking compensation from the Commonwealth under the Erroneous Conviction Statute.
Plaintiffs, wrongly accused of parental kidnapping, are now suing for damages caused by the Department of Children and Families, and local law enforcement, wrecking their family’s lives.
Plaintiff, a former Administrative Hearing Officer for the Sex Offender Registry Board is suing his former employer for constructive discharge for interfering with his independence, altering his decisions, and creating a hostile work environment.
Not only do we represent plaintiffs, but we have successfully defended individuals in civil lawsuits, as well. Our litigation experience, coupled with our extensive criminal practice, gives us the experience we need to help defend all manner of civil lawsuits.
If you want to speak with an attorney about civil litigation in Boston, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, or New York, please contact us.