Alan is a member of the American Bar Association and the Massachusetts Academy of... more
Alan is a member of the American Bar Association and the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys (MATA). Since 2008 he has been co-chair of MATAs monthly luncheon speaker series and has given presentations to that group. More recently Alan was a panelist at a Massachusetts Bar Association (MBA) seminar on Lawyers in Transition; Alans presentation addressed new court rules and procedures f... view profile
Michael S. Batson is a shareholder of Hermes, Netburn, O'Connor Spearing, P.C. He... more
Michael S. Batson is a shareholder of Hermes, Netburn, O'Connor Spearing, P.C. He concentrates his practice in the areas of general, civil and commercial litigation, construction law, insurance coverage and defense, environmental law, complex tort and product liability law. He handles matters in all Massachusetts state and federal trial and appellate courts, including the Massachusetts Busines... view profile
I have had success applying an "outside-of-the-box" approach to complex legal... more
I have had success applying an "outside-of-the-box" approach to complex legal problems. In one recent example of this, my firm and I were able to successfully survive a statute of limitations motion to dismiss on grounds that our plaintiff client's claims accrued some fifteen years prior to the time he filed suit. The key was a creative approach to interpreting governing trust language. I... view profile
If you file a lawsuit and lose the case, you can appeal the decision to the next highest court, which is called the appellate court. Appellate lawyers often specialize in arguing appeals; that is, they specialize in arguing why the decision of the lower court was wrong (or why it was right, for the party that won). Appellate attorneys specialize in appeals because they understand the specific and detailed rules that must be followed. It is possible to lose an appeal on technicalities, even when the law is on your side. If you want to appeal the outcome of the trial court, or if you need to argue against another person's appeal, you should work with an appellate attorney.