Matthew J. King, Esq.
Raipher, PC, Spfld
Formerly of Robinson Donovan, PC, Springfield
In a career spanning more than 30 years, Matt has tried hundreds of civil cases in district and superior courts throughout the Commonwealth and in the United States District Court, District of Massachusetts. He has also litigated cases in Connecticut, New Hampshire, Vermont, California, and Arizona. Matt now focuses in the areas of medical, dental, and nursing home malpractice, but he also routinely handles personal injury cases of all types, including motor vehicle, premises liability, product liability, and sexual and physical assault. Matt also handles employment, contract, and intellectual property disputes and disputes between insurance companies and their insureds.
What sets Matt apart is his experience as both plaintiff and defense counsel. Although much of his recent work has been on behalf of Plaintiffs, Matt has more than 15 years of experience representing insurance companies and their insureds. He has advised insurance companies concerning insurance coverage questions and he has pursued and defended declaratory judgment and subrogation actions. He has also investigated and defended cases of suspected insurance fraud.
Matt has been recognized by his peers, as one of the best trial attorneys in Massachusetts and has been named as a Massachusetts Super Lawyer, among the Top 100 Trial Attorneys in Massachusetts, and among the Best Lawyers in America.
Matt represents his clients zealously and passionately, but his primary goal is to achieve results which are fair. As a mediator and arbitrator, Matt intends for fairness to remain his primary goal and he intends for all participants to walk away feeling they have been fairly treated.
John G. Bagley, Esq.
Morrison Mahoney, LLP, Springfield
For over 30 years, John Bagley has litigated cases in both State and Federal courts. He handles matters in many areas of law including professional liability, medical and dental malpractice, product liability, premises liability, motor vehicle liability, abuse and molestation claims, construction and commercial litigation, shareholder disputes and employment litigation.
John is currently a partner at Morrison Mahoney and handles complex and multi-party litigation. He was designated a “Super Lawyer” by Boston Magazine and Law and Politics Magazine. He is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates. He sat on the Board of Editors on Mass Lawyers Weekly from 1999-2002 and is also a past President of the Hampden County Bar Association.
As a mediator, John specializes in complex matters in a variety of subject areas and has an impressive record of settlements with over a 90% success rate. He also sits as a single arbitrator and has served on three-member panels. He recently sat as a party-appointed arbitrator on a 50 million dollar property damage claim.
Michael J. Quinlan, Esq.
Law Offices of James M. Pickett
Rocky Hill, CT
Attorney Michael J. Quinlan has been practicing in the field of personal injury law since the late 1990’s. A resident of Longmeadow , MA, he is an active member of both the Massachusetts and Connecticut Bars. Before practicing law, Mike worked as a claims rep for Travelers Insurance. Since 1998, he has been a litigation attorney at the Law Offices of James M. Pickett in Rocky Hill, CT. handling personal injury cases for Metlife in both Connecticut and Western Massachusetts. During his legal career, he has handled primarily personal injury cases for both plaintiffs and defendants. He has served as a private arbitrator in Connecticut for the last few years and is now also arbitrating in Western, MA. A member of both the Connecticut Defense Lawyers Association and the Hampden County Bar Association, Mike is known as a capable and well-respected attorney throughout Western MA.
Richard Morrissey, Esq.
Former Clerk, Springfield District Court
Attorney Richard Morrissey was a magistrate for
thirty-seven years with a recognized specialty in
civil law and procedure. During his years of service
he was a teacher and lecturer for the trial court
in all areas of the law. He conducted seminars on
small claims, civil law and procedure, summary process,
mental health, civil motor vehicle hearing, and
search warrants, not only for the trial court, but
also local and state agencies and the Hampden County
Bar Association. As a magistrate he worked in all
four western Massachusetts counties, at the request
of the Regional Administrative Justice, to hear
cases in which the local court had a conflict. For
M.C.L.E. he wrote "How to Handle a Civil Motor Vehicle
Hearing" and for the Hampden County Bar Association,
along with Justice Kenneth Cote, authored a pamphlet,
"Civil One Trial System." His years of working in
the busiest court in the state have given him a
unique perspective on how to resolve a case.
Hon Peter A. Velis, (Ret.)
Former Superior Court Justice, Westfield, MA
Judge Peter Velis graduated Boston University in 1965 with a degree in Public Communications and went on to earn his Juris Doctor degree from Suffolk Law School in 1969. Shortly after passing the bar, he opened practices both in Boston and his native Westfield.
In 1973, he was elected to the Legislature as a State Representative for the Fifth Hamden District where he served until 1978. While a legislator, Peter served on the Judiciary Committee and was co-author of the Court Reform Act of 1978.
In 1978, Judge Velis founded the law firm of Velis & Ziter that handled civil and criminal matters in both state and federal courts. Despite a heavy caseload, he generously gave his time as a panelist for numerous continuing legal education programs.
In November 1998, he was nominated as an Associate Justice of the Superior Court. During his time on the bench, Judge Velis sat in many of the Superior Courts, including Worcester, Barnstable, Franklin, Berskshire, Hamden and Hampshire counties. During his time on the bench, Judge Velis served as a valued colleague and mentor to numerous legal interns. He earned universal admiration for his tireless work habits, exemplary judicial demeanor, fairness, patience and courtesy by all who spent time in his courtroom.
Upon his retirement in the fall of 2012, Peter returned to Westfield to serve as an adjunct Professor of Criminal Evidence at Westfield State University.