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.
Michael J. Quinlan, Esq.
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.
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.
A. Richard Mason, Esq.
Law Offices of James M. Pickett
Rocky Hill, CT
Attorney Rick Mason, is a well-known litigator in the Western MA area, having handled cases for Metlife for many years throughout Connecticut and Western Massachusetts. As a trial attorney at the Law Offices of James M. Pickett, Rick has gained valuable experience in evaluating person injury cases. In addition to his litigation work, over the last few years, Attorney Mason has been conducting arbitrations, mainly in Connecticut. He is now available to hear cases in Western MA also. A member of both the Massachusetts and Connecticut Bars, Rick draws upon a wealth of experience as a litigant both in the ADR realm and in court to guide him in the decision-making process.
Frederica H. McCarthy, Esq.
Murphy & Manitsas,
Attorney Frederica McCarthy is a seasoned and well-respected litigator in Western Massachusetts, with over 30 years of experience in trying cases. At the firm of Murphy & Manitsas, LLP., she currently handles a civil law caseload of both plaintiff and defense matters with a concentration in workers compensation. Also, her current position as Town Counsel for the Town of Lenox, MA has allowed her to gain experience in many areas of municipal law, including real estate, employment and zoning.
Prior to her present position, she was with the Springfield firm of Robinson Donovan, PC. At Robinson Donovan, she was head of the workers compensation department from 2001 to 2004 and later head of the litigation department from 2005 to 2008.
In addition to her trial practice, Attorney McCarthy has served in several positions in the Hampden County Bar Association, along with lecturing on workers compensation law and teaching tort law at Elms College.
L. Jeffrey Meehan, Esq.
Doherty, Wallace, Pillsbury & Murphy,
An experienced trial attorney and shareholder at the Springfield law firm of Doherty, Wallace, Pillsbury & Murphy for more than 30 years, Jeffrey Meehan, has tried over 140 cases to verdict. His litigation practice encompasses many areas of general liability including personal injury, automotive torts, premises liability, product liability, liquor liability, professional negligence, insurance coverage interpretation and commercial disputes. His practice is primarily on the defense side but also handles a number of plaintiff cases and commercial disputes at any given time. He is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. Jeff also is an accomplished author and has spoken at seminars for both the MCLE and the Hampden County Bar Association.
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.