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 I am a Boston trial,  media, and  business lawyer with more than 29 years of experience.  I am also a trained mediator.


My law practice, Law Office of Michael A. Pezza Jr., focuses on civil litigation (including litigation of business and insurance matters), media and First Amendment, and business matters.  I offer the benefits of more than two decades of training and experience in large firms, coupled with the small firm benefits of efficiency, flexibility, hands-on personal attention, and competitive rates.

I have represented large and small businesses, and individuals, in a variety of matters concerning, among other things, business disputes, business transactions and contracts, confidentiality and non-disclosure issues, employment issues, contract and tort claims, insurance disputes, construction defects, product liability, serious personal injury, real estate disputes, bad faith claims, copyright and trademark disputes, substantial commercial property losses, media and First Amendment matters, and litigation avoidance and management.  

As a litigator, I have prepared, evaluated, and tried jury and non-jury cases, argued motions, briefed and argued appeals, and resolved disputes before state and federal courts in Massachusetts and other states.  I have extensive experience in conducting discovery in other states and abroad, as well as in resolving disputes through mediation and arbitration.

I am a member of several  bar associations and professional organizations, with a focus on litigation, business, dispute resolution, and media law issues.  I serve as a Vice Chair of the ABA Media, Privacy, and Defamation Law Committee, and I am a member of the Media Law Resource Center's Defense Counsel Section, its Pre-Publication/Pre-Broadcast Committee, and the MLRC Institute Speakers Bureau.

My pro bono work includes the successful representation of a teen-ager from China who sought asylum in the United States after he was imprisoned and tortured in China because of his religious beliefs, and representation of artists in a variety of matters.  I am panel counsel for Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts of Massachusetts.  

I have been recognized with the Martindale-Hubbell AV® Peer Review Rated certification for many years.

The Web site for my law practice provides additional information about me and the services I offer in my practice.


I founded Boston Dispute Resolution Services in 2008 as an adjunct to my law practice, to provide timely and cost-effective mediation and other dispute resolution services--such as conciliation, case evaluation, and business facilitation--to the legal, insurance, and business communities. Particular areas of interest--based on my experience as a trial lawyer--include commercial disputes (including breach of contract and business torts), commercial property damage claims, serious personal injury cases, complex insurance coverage disputes, professional liability claims, defamation claims, product liability claims, and construction claims.

The BDRS Web site is .  My email at BDRS is


In addition to my law practice and BDRS, I am a member of the adjunct faculty at Northeastern University School of Law, where I most recently taught entertainment law.



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Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 50%
    35 years
  2. Communications & Media: 30%
  3. Insurance: 15%
  4. Business: 5%



Hourly ($275-400/hour), contingent (25-35%), Fixed (sometimes)

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    I enthusiastically endorse Attorney Pezza. Mike and I were partners in a large firm for many years. He was a strong litigator; and was also recognized throughout the firm as thoughtful and scholarly in his broad understanding of the law. Over the years Mike has developed a particular expertise in media and constitutional issues, while still pursuing litigation matters in a number of other areas. I would be happy to provide further information with regard to Attorney Pezza.


    Jean Kelley
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Contact info

Law Office of Michael A Pezza Jr.

Ten Post Office Square, 8th Floor
Boston, MA, 02109

Boston Dispute Resolution Services

Ten Post Office Square, 8th Floor
Boston, MA, 02109



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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV RatingMartindale-HubbellN/A
Best Oral AdvocateDunmore Moot Court Competition, Case Western Reserve University School of LawN/A
National Moot Court TeamCase Western Reserve University School of LawN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
FounderBoston Dispute Resolution Services2008 - Present
Adjunct FacultyNortheastern University School of Law2007 - Present
N/ALaw Office of Michael A. Pezza Jr.2004 - Present
Senior CounselHolland & Knight LLP2003 - 2004
PartnerMorrison Mahoney & Miller, LLP1980 - 2003
Association namePosition nameDuration
Online Media Legal Network @ Harvard's Berkman CenterPanel Counsel2009 - Present
American Bar Association, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section, Media, Privacy and Defamation Law CommitteeVice Chair2004 - Present
Colgate UniversityAnnual Fund Committee MemberN/A
Colgate UniversityClass President and Reunion ChairN/A
Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts of MassachusettsPanel CounselN/A
Association for Conflict Resolution (New England chapter)MemberN/A
Association for Conflict ResolutionMemberN/A
Media Law Resource CenterMember--Defense Counsel SectionN/A
Boston Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Massachusetts Bar AssociationMemberN/A
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Pappas v. Commerce & Industry Ins. Co.SJC adopted client's posiiton on case of first imp
Joyce v. Robert Slager and The Wareham ObserverDismissed under anti-SLAPP statute
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Publication nameTitleDate
Best of MCLE JournalDefense Considerations in Soft Tissue Injury CasesN/A
Resolution SolutionsA periodic e-newsletter from Boston Dispute Resolution ServicesN/A
In Brief: Media MattersA periodic e-newsletter from Law Office of Michael A. Pezza Jr. regarding media and First Amendment lawN/A
Of and ConcerningA blog of and concerning media and the First AmendmentN/A
The Resolution SolutionA blog about mediation and other alternate dispute resolution topicsN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Case Western Reserve University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1980
Colgate UniversityEnglishA.B.1977
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Various Law Firm Client PresentationsBad Faith DefenseN/A
Various Law Firm Client PresentationsProperty Loss RecoveryN/A
Speaker, MCLE Soft Tissue Inujry ProgramDefense Considerations in Soft Tissue Injury CasesN/A
Program Chair, MCLE Soft Tissue Injury Cases ProgramProgram ChairN/A
Melrose Public TelevisionFirst Amendment, Religion, and HolidaysN/A
Melrose Human Rights CommissionFirst Amendment, Religion, and HolidaysN/A
MCLE 60 Minute Lawyer Audio SeriesFetaured SpeakerN/A
First Amendment ClassReporter's PrivilegeN/A
Entertainment Law ClassReporter's PrivilegeN/A
Entertainment Law ClassReporter's PrivilegeN/A
Boston Public School Music and Arts Faculty ConferenceFirst Amendment, Religion, and HolidaysN/A