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After almost thirteen years as a litigator for a large international law firm in Boston, I decided to bring that experience to a smaller, more flexible practice in my hometown of Sharon, Massachusetts.  I joined my prior firm after graduating from law school, and practiced there until October, 2009.  While there, I gained experience in business litigation, health care related litigation, product liability and tort defense, litigation involving food safety and genetically engineered food products, contract disputes and disputes involving former employees, trade secrets, and non-compete agreements.  I also participated heavily in the firm's pro bono activities, representing indigent clients on issues including special education needs, access to medical care, and access to social services, as well as serving as a teacher for a mock trial program serving Boston middle school students. 


 


I believe that effective legal representation requires not only legal expertise and experience but common sense, creativity, and the ability to hear client concerns.   I also believe that many lawsuits can be avoided with early legal advice, but that it is not obvious to many small and medium sized businesses or individuals where to go to get that early advice.  The vision of Smith Lee LLC is to build a practice based on these principles, and to provide an affordable and accesible entry point for people with questions about their legal needs as well as experienced and high quality full litigation services if a lawsuit cannot be avoided. 


 


Sharon is in Norfolk County, halfway between Boston Massachusetts and Providence Rhode Island.  We have easy access to Boston as well as suburban courts, but can maintain the low overhead of a small town office and therefore keep your costs down.

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Practice areas

Licensed

  1. Employment: 50%
    20 years, 150 cases
  2. Lawsuits & Disputes: 30%
    20 years, 125 cases
  3. Business: 10%
    25 cases
  4. Contracts: 8%
    20 years, 50 cases
  5. Mediation: 2%

Payment

Fees:

Hourly ($325-350/hour), Fixed (sometimes)

Payment types:

Check, Credit card

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  • Catherine Taylor

    I worked for Emily on an "of counsel" basis for about a year after I graduated law school. Emily is one of the most passionate, dedicated and empathetic lawyers I have ever met. She is extremely talented. I have no reservations endorsing her and referring my clients to her.

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    Catherine Taylor Family Attorney
    Relationship: Worked for lawyer

  • Meredith Fine

    I met Emily on the opposite side of a case. She advocated zealously for her client but in a professional, mature manner. We ended up with an agreement that satisfied everyone and I ended up with a colleague whom I can endorse with enthusiasm.

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    Meredith Fine Real Estate Attorney
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Contact info

Smith Lee Nebenzahl LLP

One Post Office Square
Sharon, MA, 02067

Resume

License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
MAActive199601/24/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
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Awards
Award nameGrantorDate granted
2015 Massachusetts Superlawyers ListMassachusetts Superlawyers2015
2014 Massachusetts Superlawyers listMassachusetts Superlawyers2014
2013 Massachusetts Super Lawyers ListMassachusetts Super Lawyers2013
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Attorney/PartnerSmith Lee Nebenzahl LLP2011 - Present
Attorney/OwnerSmith Lee LLC2009 - 2011
PartnerMcDermott Will & Emery2002 - 2009
AssociateMcDermott, Will & Emery1996 - 2001
Associations
Association namePosition nameDuration
The Law, Your Money and YouAdvisory Board Chair2014 - Present
Sharon School CommitteeVice Chair2010 - Present
Massachusetts Bar AssociationMember2009 - Present
Women's Bar Association of MassachusettsMember2005 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Fen-Phen Diet Drug LitigationDismissal from all actions
Robert Wood Johnson School of Medicine v. Saint Peter's University HospitalSettled
Applied Analytics v. Clinical DataDismissal
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Publications
Publication nameTitleDate
GMA ForumTHE CHANGING FACE OF FOOD SAFETY LAW2007
ABA The Brief, 32-43FOOD FIGHTS- GENETICALLY MODIFED FOOD AND THE LAW2007
Boston College Law ReviewREPRESSED MEMORIES OF CHILDHOOD SEXUAL ABUSE1996
Education
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Boston College Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1996
Johns Hopkins UniversityPolitical ScienceBA1993
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
The Law, Your Money & YouTraps for the unwary: tips for small business owners2015
The Law, Your Money and YouAvoiding Foreclosure2011
The Law, Your Money and YouForeclosure in Massachusetts2011