Mediation Arbitration Case Evaluation




David F. Babik, Esq.
(508) 650-6161

Daniel J. Wood, Esq.
Hon. Robert A. Cornetta
Gina T. Dussi, Esq.
D. Robin Gouveia, Esq.
Hon William E. Melahn
Hon. Thomas T. Merrigan
Maureen L. Reilly, Esq.

   A. Richard Mason, Esq.
   L. Jeffrey Meehan, Esq
   Frederica H. McCarthy, Esq.
   Richard Morrissey, Esq.
   Dennis Powers, Esq.
   Michael J. Quinlan, Esq.
   Hon Peter A. Velis

Hon. Daniel J. Wood, Esq.
Wood & Gresham, PC, Wrentham

Attorney Wood has been practicing law in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts since 1995. During his first 10 years of practice, Attorney Wood worked for an insurance defense firm and focused primarily on defending insurance companies and their insureds in personal injury claims. However, since 2004, Attorney Wood has represented individuals and families who have been injured in accidents, while still representing several self-insured entities on the defense side in other matters.

From automobile accidents to slip and falls, to construction site accidents, Attorney Wood has achieved favorable results for his clients for over a decade, on both sides of the table.

On the defense side, Attorney Wood has defended numerous multi-million dollar cases on behalf of his clients over his career. He has litigated personal injury cases in District, Superior and Federal Courts throughout the Commonwealth. He has defended numerous large exposure cases on behalf of his clients. He has also presented numerous seminars, both locally and nationally, for insurance industry professionals, insurance company clients, and various insurance industry associations.

On the Plaintiff’s side, Attorney Wood has utilized his years of experience and knowledge of the insurance industry to assist people who have been injured in accidents. Having worked as an attorney for insurance companies for many years, Attorney Wood provides his personal injury clients with unique expertise and insight that most other attorneys are unable to provide. With over 20 years of experience in personal injury litigation, and the benefit of having represented both plaintiffs and defendants over the years, Attorney Wood has developed a keen ability to discern the strengths and weaknesses on each side of a personal injury case. Based upon his unique experience in representing both plaintiffs and defendants, Attorney Wood is able to be a fair and impartial neutral who will assess your case objectively and, as a mediator, will work tirelessly to bring your case to a final resolution.

Hon. Robert A. Cornetta (Ret.)
Cornetta Babine, LLC, Danvers

Retiring from the Superior Court in Essex County after 23 years on the bench, Judge Cornetta is now focusing on providing arbitration and mediation services at his new firm of Cornetta Babine. Judge Cornetta sat as a District Court Judge starting in 1992. During that time he served as a regional Administrative Justice and a Civil Circuit Administrator for Suffolk and Essex County including all the BMC courts with the exception of BMC Central. His last 6 years on the bench were spent on the Superior Court of Essex County, where the vast majority of his cases were civil. Prior to joining the Massachusetts Trial Court, he was an assistant DA, Town Manager for the Town of Saugus and Assistant Commissioner for the MA Dept. of Public Welfare. He had a private law practice in Saugus from 1983 to 1992, where he handled many areas of civil litigation, including Construction, Real Estate and Medical Malpractice.

Judge Cornetta is currently an adjunct Professor of Law at MA School of Law and has been a faculty participant in seminars at the MBA, MCLE and the MA Judicial Institute.

Gina T. Dussi, Esq.
Finbury & Sullivan, P.C., Haverhill

Atty. Dussi began her legal career in a small general practice firm in Lynn in the early 1980’s as a young associate. After three years there, she moved over to defense work, first at the Law Offices of Thomas Polimeni and then, a short time later, at the Law Offices of Lawrence McAuliffe, in-house counsel for Sentry/Middlesex Insurance. Gina handled defense work for Sentry/Middlesex for almost twenty years until 2007, when she took a position as claims manager for Veolia Water North America. At Veolia Water, she managed workers compensation, general liability and auto claims for over 2000 employees throughout the US and Canada. Next she spent a year at Arthur Levine & Associates, doing defense work for Safety Insurance, before returning to the Plaintiff side, at her current firm of Finbury & Sullivan, a well-known personal injury firm North of Boston.

Atty. Dussi has completed formal mediation training and has attended MCLE seminars and workshops on mediation to hone her skills. She has also been involved with Domestic Violence issues and has handled pro-bono cases in the areas of child custody and divorce. In addition, Gina taught at Massachusetts School of Law as an adjunct professor.

Hon. Thomas T. Merrigan (Ret.)
Merrigan ADR, Falmouth/Boston

Hon. Thomas Merrigan is an accomplished legal professional and respected trial Judge with over twelve years on the bench and 24 years of experience in private practice as a trial and appellate lawyer.

While in private practice, he represented innumerable individuals and businesses on both sides of civil litigation. Later, while on the bench, he was recognized with the Warren Burger Award for the Trial Court Judge of the year in the year 2000.

As presiding Justice of the Orange District Court, from 1992-2002 , he was also honored to sit on the Appelate division of the district court. Since retiring from the bench, Judge Merrigan has tried cases at Rawson, Merrigan and Litner, LLP, a personal injury firm in Boston. In addition to three terms on the Governor’s Council, he also served as Executive Vice-President and General Counsel for Easton Bell Sports where he supervised extensive product liability litigation.

Judge Merrigan has continued to keep abreast of the latest developments in Law and ADR, he has studied at Harvard, MIT and various schools offering programs on dispute resolution. He recently relocated from Western Mass to Falmouth and is available to hear cases from Boston to the South shore and the Cape area.

Maureen L. Reilly, Esq.
Reilly Law, Boston

Maureen Reilly is the principal of Reilly Law a boutique civil litigation law firm located in downtown Boston. Maureen is a trial lawyer with more than 22 years of experience representing individuals, small businesses, large corporations and governmental entities in a wide range of matters throughout the Courts and administrative agencies of Massachusetts. Maureen has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in personal injury actions, contract disputes, property damage claims and employment matters.

Maureen is a 1989 graduate of Boston University School of Law. She graduated magna cum laude from Siena College in Loudonville, New York. Ms. Reilly began her legal career at the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office where she underwent intensive training to develop strong advocacy skills and understanding of the legal process. Maureen remained in Boston after graduating from law school and joined the firm of Karol & Riley, a civil litigation firm in downtown Boston. Maureen began litigating complex tort and contract cases immediately after graduating from law school. Maureen established Reilly Law in 1996 and has successfully resolved hundreds of cases through trial and mediation. In addition to being a skilled trial attorney Ms. Reilly is also a certified mediator.

D. Robin Gouveia, Esq.
d’Oliveira & Associates, PC, Fall River

Robin Gouveia's background in the personal injury field has given her a balanced perspective in both the Insurance and Plaintiff's side. Ms. Gouveia worked for Trust Insurance in Taunton, MA. from 1990 to 1999, handling many types of 1st and 3rd party claims, including both premises and auto claims and specializing in subrogation cases. She served as a claims supervisor and eventually an assistant claims manager. While at Trust, she participated in development and implementation of claims handling procedures and acted as a negotiation skills trainer for the claims department. In 1998, she became a member of the Massachusetts Bar, and in 1999, Ms. Gouveia moved to the plaintiff side and began working at D'Oliveira & Morgan, later to become Morgan & Murphy, as a litigator handling plaintiff personal injury cases. After more than a decade, first at Morgan & Murphy in New Bedford and more recently at d’Oliveira & Associates in Fall River, Attorney Gouveia has accumulated a great deal of expertise in personal injury matters.

Honorable William E. Melahn (Ret.)
Former Lowell District Court Justice

Judge Melahn was first appointed to the Newburyport District Court in 1992, but was subsequently assigned to all the courts in Region III of the District Court. Judge Melahn spent the major portion of his judicial career at the Lowell District Court.

In 1996, when the District Court Division of the Trial Court started civil jury sessions on an experimental basis in Norfolk and Middlesex Counties, due to his significant civil background, Judge Melahn was assigned the task of setting up and presiding over the civil jury sessions in the Lowell District Court. He maintained that position until his retirement in 2008. It is estimated that he has presided over close to 1,500 trials, civil and criminal.

Prior to his appointment to the District Court, he was a trial attorney for law firms in New York City and Massachusetts. Starting out in a Brooklyn firm specializing in personal injury litigation, he then moved to a Manhattan law firm concentrating in Customs and International Trade. From the mid 1970's he maintained this specialty along with a general practice in Massachusetts.

During his years on the bench, Judge Melahn handled all types of civil matters including automobile cases, premises liability and many business and contract cases including homeowner-contractor disputes. He had a reputation of always running an efficient courtroom and being fair and even-handed to members of the Bar.


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