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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 Business Litigation Session.


Mr. Batson has extensive experience representing insurers and policyholders in connection with claims for coverage on general liability, property, professional liability, directors and officers liability, umbrella and excess policies, and fidelity and surety bonds. He also represents owners, general contractors and subcontractors in construction-related litigation, including breach of contract claims, defective workmanship, personal injury and wrongful death.


In addition to his insurance and construction practice, Mr. Batson has represented clients in defense of class actions. He has also represented clients in connection with a variety of other matters, including defamation claims, non-construction-related breach of contract claims, stockholder disputes, fraud claims, building leaks and violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.


Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 40%
  2. Insurance: 30%
  3. Construction & Development: 20%
  4. Class Action: 5%
  5. Appeals: 5%

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Contact info

265 Franklin Street - 7th Fl.
Boston, MA, 02110


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Rising StarLaw & Politics Magazine2013
Rising StarLaw & Politics Magazine2012
Rising StarLaw & Politics Magazine2011
Rising StarLaw & Politics Magazine2010
Rising StarLaw & Politics Magazine2009
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
ShareholderHermes, Netburn, O'connor & Spearing, PC2008 - Present
AssociateHermes, Netburn, O'connor & Spearing, PC2003 - 2008
AssociateSutton & Sakakeeny2001 - 2003
Law ClerkRose & Associates1999 - 1999
Association namePosition nameDuration
Massachusetts Bar AssociationMemberN/A
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Defense Research InstituteMemberN/A
Boston Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Boston Bar FoundationFellowN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Boston Gas Co. v. Century Indem. Co., 454 Mass. 337 (2009)N/A
OneBeacon America Ins. Co. v. Travelers Indem. Co. of Ill., 465 F.3d 38 (1st Cir. 2006)Overturned Summary Judgment
OneBeacon America Ins. Co. v. Haffner's Service Stations, Inc., 74 Mass.App.Ct. 1118 (2009) (table)Summary Judgment for plaintiff affirmed.
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Publication nameTitleDate
Annual Review of Banking LawYear 2000 (Y2K)1999
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Boston University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2000
Duke UniversityEconomics and Public Policy StudiesBA - Bachelor of Arts1997