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My civil litigation practice is focused on the defense and trial of complex product liability, asbestos, pharmaceutical, medical device, toxic tort, negligence, commercial and employment matters. I handle and try cases for various clients throughout New England and I am a frequent speaker on issues related to civil trial practice, product liability and other complex matters in the state and federal courts.

I have written numerous publications regarding civil practice, including "Enforcing Protective Orders: Getting Them Is Only Part of the Job," which appeared in the Defense Counsel Journal; "Recourse for Spoliation of the Product," published in Volume V of Automotive Engineering and Litigation; "Comparative Fault in a Crashworthiness Case," published in the April 2002 issue of For the Defense.


Practice areas


  1. Personal Injury: 80%
    4 years
  2. Commercial: 20%
    4 years

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  • Anthony Sbarra Jr

    I have worked with Holly Polglase for many years. She is a highly skilled trial attorney who possess the utmost in integrity and professionalism. She is a leader in the New England trial bar and enjoys the respect and admiration of her peers, clients and opponents. I endorse her for handling complex litigation matters with all confidence.


    Anthony Sbarra Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Hermes, Netburn, O'connor & Spearing, PC

265 Franklin Street, 7th Floor
Boston, MA, 02110-3113


RIAuthorized to practice law199710/30/2015
NHAuthorized to practice law198905/13/2010
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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Massachusetts Super LawyersSuper Lawyers2009
Massachusetts Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2008
Massachusetts Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2007
Massachusetts Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2006
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Law ClerkIANNELLA & MUMMOLO1986 - 1988
Association namePosition nameDuration
Massachusetts Defense Lawyers AssociationPresident2010 - 2011
American Bar Association, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice SectionCouncil2009 - Present
Federal Bar Association (Massachusetts Chapter)President2004 - 2005
American Bar Association, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section Products, General Liability and Consumer Law CommitteeChair2000 - 2001
Massachusetts Defense Lawyers AssociationBoard of Directors2000 - Present
Defense Research Institute, Product Liability Committee, Hand and Power Tool Sub-Litigation GroupCo-chair1998 - 2007
American Bar Association, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section, Women and Minority Involvement CommitteeMember1997 - 1999
International Association of Defense CounselMemberN/A
Massachusetts Bar FoundationFellowN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Kathleen A. Morin, Administratrix of the Estate of Geraldina M. Medeiros v. A.F. German Co., Inc., et al, C.A. No.: 05-4504Automobile and Truck Manufacturers Awarded Summary
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Suffolk University Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1988
Assumption CollegeEnglishBA - Bachelor of Arts cum laude1985
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Massachusetts Defense Lawyers' Association Annual Meeting and Spring SeminarCo-Chair, Recent Developments in Civil Litigation2010
DRI Product Liability SeminarWhat’s New for 2007-2008? Cases and Trends2008
DRI Product Liability SeminarCase Law Update, Hand & Power Tool Breakout Session2007