Haverty&Feeney Insurance Defense Trial Attorneys
Appellate Advocacy Insurance Defense
Haverty&Feeney has a highly regarded appellate practice. We have briefed and argued cases in the Supreme Judicial Court and the Massachusetts Court of Appeals, both where we tried the underlying case and where our work began with the appeal, ranging from tort and contract issues to challenged evidentiary and legal rulings, and insurance coverage. Our success at appellate advocacy lies with the identification of errant rulings, improper jury instructions and the preparation of concise and persuasive briefs.
The following reported cases provide some examples in which our appellate practice has successfully represented our clients' interests:
Bishop v. TES Realty, ____ Mass. ____ (2010) (regarding duty of commercial landlord for negligently caused injuries)
Norfolk & Dedham Mutual Fire Insurance Co. v. Morrison, ____ Mass. ____ (2010) (case of first impression regarding the scope of G.L., c. 186, §15, and its effect on commercial leases and insurance coverage)
Griffiths v. Campbell, 425 Mass. 31 (1997) (SJC overturning verdict for estate of police officer fatally shot during drug raid; holding landlord had no duty to police officer under the circumstances)
Darcy v. Royal Insurance Co., 407 Mass. 481 (1990) (regarding notice provision in liability insurance policy)
Commonwealth v. Lahti, 398 Mass. 829 (1986) (statements obtained from defendant were inadmissible as non-voluntary because obtained by promises of leniency)
Judge v. Carrai, 77 Mass. App. Ct. 803 (2010) (regarding common law duty of a homeowner to guests at a social gathering)
McLaughlin v. Harrington, 76 Mass. App. Ct. 1124 (2010) (upholding defendant's jury verdict in favor of firm's client on issue of contribution and joint liability pursuant to G.L., c. 231B, §4(a), the contribution statute)
Anderson v. Hamel, Wickens & Troupe, et al, 75 Mass. App. Ct. 1112 (2009) (representing defendant, Bayview Crematory, in case involving claims by multiple parties of wrongful handling of deceased persons. Court upheld summary judgment for defendants holding that media reports of alleged general wrongdoing, without evidence of specific mishandling of specific remains of plaintiffs' deceased persons, was insufficient to support negligence claims.)
Southworth v. Wunschel, 71 Mass. App. Ct. 1115 (2008) (upholding summary judgment entered for firm's client in dram shop case)
Huntington v. Robbins, 72 Mass. App. Ct. 1106 (2008) (upholding verdict in favor of defendant finding negligence, but no causally-related injury, in rear-end automobile accident case)
Peterson v. Eder, 68 Mass. App. Ct. 1103 (2006) (upholding verdict in favor of this firm's client in SLAPP Suit and construing scope of G.L., c. 231, §59H)
Krasnecky v. Meffen, 56 Mass. App. Ct. 418 (2002) (upholding trial court judgment in favor of firm's client and discussing scope of G.L., c.229, §2, the wrongful death statute)
Murray v. Goodrich Engineering Corp., 30 Mass. App. Ct. 918 (1991) (upholding summary judgment for defendant component supplier in products liability personal injury case)
Com v. Bailey, 29 Mass. App. Ct. 1067 (1990) (G.L., c. 269, §10(a) conviction, after Suffolk Superior Court jury trial, for carrying sawed-off rifle)
Our insurance defense attorneys have excelled consistently in the practice, handling, and trial of claims, such as Automobile Liability, Premises Liability, Construction Law, Insurance Coverage, Bad Faith, First Party Claims, Professional Liability, Errors & Omissions, Products Liability, Employment Law, Appellate Advocacy, Nursing Home Liability, Medical Malpractice, Admiralty and Maritime, Pollution &Toxic Defense, Subrogation Law, Liquor Liability and all types of business litigation matters such as Breach of Contract, Partnership Disputes and Commercial Litigation. Our attorneys have represented clients in groundbreaking federal and state court litigation in all areas of insurance.
The Firm approaches every case as if it will go to trial, while evaluating each for earlier resolution strategies. To speak with an attorney at Haverty&Feeney regarding Applette Advocacy, call (508) 746-6100.