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James C. Donnelly Jr

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Business Attorney at Worcester, MA

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Licensed for 49 years
State MA
Status Active
Acquired 1973
Updated 03/16/2023

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Posted by anonymous | February 19, 2016
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| Consulted Attorney
The Dickens. Rating = Zero Stars.
Protracted and expensive- a la Jarndyce and Jarndyce in Bleak House, best describes our experience with this attorney. We were but one of a multi-party lawsuit where unfortunately circumstances dictated choice of legal counsel. A ridiculous number of lawyers were billing by the hour and this DRASTICALLY reduced expected payouts- each litigant was entitled to disbursements, it was basically the amount that was disputed. We found Donnelly's tactics especially disturbing, as he seemed to have but one agenda, and that was to milk the coffers dry. Definitely did not have the clients best interests at heart. And there were (many) occasions that we felt his actions were barely this side of ethical and could have been actual misconduct. In the end, we all lost, except, of course, the lawyers. Donnelly was the worst among them, and in our opinion he is most responsible for the tragic outcome that never should have happened.
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  • Boston College Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1973
  • Dartmouth College
  • 1968


  • Massachusetts Bar Association, Judicial Administration Section, Council
  • Vice-Chair
  • N/A
  • Worcester County Bar Association, Federal District Court Committee
  • Co-chair
  • N/A
  • Massachusetts Bar Association, Business Law Section Council
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Massachusetts Bar Association, Civil Litigation Section, Bench/Bar Practice Group
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Massachusetts Bar Association, Civil Litigation Section, Appellate Practice Group
  • Member
  • N/A
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  • Boston Bar Journal
  • Attorneys Fees in Insurance Coverage Litigation: A Partial Reaffirmation of the American Rule (Co-author)
  • 2007
  • Massachusetts Bar Association Section Review
  • Guilty Until Proven Innocent? The Reverse Burden of Proof and “Strict Scrutiny” vs. the Business Judgment Rule in Cases of Fiduciary Duty (Co-author)
  • 2006
  • Journal of Equipment Leasing
  • Avoiding Class Action Law Suits Concerning Lease Insurance Programs
  • 2006
  • Worcester Business Journal
  • A Matter of Trust: The Impact of Fiduciary Duty on Private Companies
  • 2005
  • Boston Business Journal
  • The Right to Anonymous Speech: Cybersmear Suits and the First Amendment
  • 2002
  • Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly
  • Cyberpiracy Law Brings Trademark Protection Against Cybersquatters
  • 2000
  • Mass High Tech
  • Copyright Law Won’t Always Protect Your Software From Copycats
  • 1999
  • Banker & Tradesman
  • To Avoid Trademark Law Violations, Don’t Confuse The Consumer
  • 1998
  • New England Real Estate Journal
  • In Business, Imitation Is Not Always Flattery
  • 1997
  • Boston Business Journal
  • Shareholder Disagreements In Closely Held Companies: Breaking Up Is Hard To Do
  • 1997
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Worcester Business Lawyer James C. Donnelly Jr
James C. Donnelly Jr
Business Attorney
Worcester, MA
Licensed for 49 years