JOHN W. HAVERTY
After graduating with Honors from Suffolk University Law School in 1986, Mr. Haverty served three years in the United States Marine Corps before joining the Reserves as an infantry captain.
In 1990, Mr. Haverty joined Morrison, Mahoney & Miller, New England’s largest insurance defense firm, and in 1994, he was elected to the partnership. During his tenure, he tried numerous jury trials in the superior courts of Barnstable, Bristol and Plymouth counties. In 1993, he successfully defended one of the first suits recognized as a SLAPP suit in Massachusetts. As a result of the notoriety generated by the case, the state legislature enacted anti-SLAPP suit legislation, increasing the protections afforded insured’s subject to harassing lawsuits. In addition to defending insureds in third-party actions, he has represented insurers in first-party coverage and bad faith actions at the trial and appellate levels.
During his military career, Mr. Haverty defended Marines charged with felonies before General Courts Martial. He also taught trial advocacy to ascending Judge Advocates at the Naval Justice School. He served with the multinational force in Bosnia, and was the Staff Judge Advocate for JTF Horn of Africa during two post 9/11 overseas deployments. His last assignment was as a Military Judge in the Piedmont Judicial Circuit where he presided over trials at Camp Lejeune prior to his retirement as a Colonel.
Mr. Haverty has served as a delegate to the Massachusetts Defense Lawyers Association. He is a member of the Defense Research Institute, the Massachusetts Bar Association, and local bar associations. He has appeared as a guest lecturer on insurance defense topics in the MCLE series.
ROBERT F. FEENEY
Mr. Feeney graduated from Suffolk University Law School in 1986, after which he joined the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office. During the four years he was an Assistant District Attorney, Mr. Feeney prosecuted violent felonies, and developed a specialty in the investigation and prosecution of arson cases. In 1991, Mr. Feeney joined Morrison, Mahoney & Miller as a trial attorney handling cases ranging from automobile liability to dram shop and commercial disputes.
Mr. Feeney has tried in excess of 200 jury cases to conclusion, including wrongful death, multi-party construction site injury, and products liability cases in trial courtrooms throughout the Commonwealth. He also has a substantial appellate practice, having argued before the Supreme Judicial Court and the Massachusetts Court of Appeals on a number of occasions.
Mr. Feeney is a member of the Massachusetts Defense Lawyers Association, and the Massachusetts Bar Association.
ANNE M. PAONE
Before joining Haverty&Feeney in 2007, Ms. Paone served for three years as in-house counsel for a national corporation, and before that, she specialized in estate planning matters, real estate, family law and bankruptcy. Ms. Paone received her B.A. from Stonehill College in 1999, and her J.D. with a Distinction in Intellectual Property Law from Suffolk University Law School in 2002, where she served for three years as an intellectual property research assistant with Professor Michael Rustad.
Since joining Haverty&Feeney, Ms. Paone has tried to conclusion a superior court case involving a commercial dispute. She has prepared numerous legal memoranda in support of summary judgment motions which have prevailed at the trial court level, and she is heavily involved in all areas of trial preparation.
Ms. Paone is a member of the Massachusetts and Plymouth County Bar Associations.
William P. Smith became associated Of Counsel to Haverty&Feeney in January, 2002. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Boston College in 1982 and Cum Laude from Boston College Law School in 1985. He was admitted to the Massachusetts Bar in 1985 and joined the firm of Lecomte, Emanuelson, & Doyle, as an associate. He became a partner there in 1996.
He maintains a Civil Trial Practice concentrating in insurance litigation of all types including property, auto, commercial and general liability defense; coverage analysis and litigation, and subrogation. Over the past 25 years he has tried numerous jury cases throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and appeared before both the Massachusetts Appeals Court and Supreme Judicial Court.