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I have spent the past 30 years litigating a wide variety of matters, principally in business litigation and professional liability. This includes many jury trials in the state and federal courts. In recent years, I also have represented numerous executives, many at the CEO and EVP/SVP level, in employment and severance matters. I am national counsel for a major professional liabilty insurer and outside general counsel for a major Massachusetts business active in the construction industry.


Interests include spending time with my two daughters and reading, sports, and art. When I visit a new city, I check first to see what sporting events are in town and failing an opportunity there, will visit the local art museum. Favorites: The Louvre, National Gallery, Metropolitan, and MOMA. Most recent reading "find" is Haruki Murakami, perhaps Japan's most noted novelist today.


Languages spoken: French

Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 50%
    38 years
  2. Employment: 25%
    18 years
  3. Contracts: 15%
    38 years
  4. Insurance: 10%
    38 years

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  • Michael A Pezza Jr

    I have known Russ Conn for almost thirty years. We have been opposing counsel in two complex construction cases, and I have had the opportunity to observe Russ in other professional settings. Quite simply, Russ is one of the finest lawyers I know, and I have great respect for him. He is an exceptionally intelligent, skilled, diligent, and personable lawyer; his work reflects a combination of substantive knowledge, effective strategy, sound judgment, and common sense. Russ’s character and ethics are beyond reproach. In addition to being an excellent lawyer, Russ is as good a person as you could hope to find. If I were in need of legal counsel, Russ would be my first choice, and I recommend him without reservation.


    Michael Pezza Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

Contact info

Conn Kavanaugh Rosenthal Peisch & Ford, LLP
Ten Post Office Square
Boston, MA, 02109


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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top 100 New England Super LawyersLaw & Politics Magazine2009
Chambers Notable Practitioner - Labor & EmploymentChambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business2009
Notable Practitioner - Labor & EmploymentChambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business2008
Top 100 New England Super LawyersLaw & Politics Magazine2008
Massachusetts Super LawyerLaw & Politics Magazine2007
Notable Practitioner - Labor and EmploymentChambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business2007
Top 100 Massachusetts Super LawyersLaw & Politics Magazine2006
Massachusetts Super LawyerLaw & Politics Magazine2005
Massachusetts Super LawyerLaw & Politics Magazine2004
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Founding PartnerConn Kavanaugh Rosenthal Peisch and Ford, LLP1988 - Present
N/ABurns & Levinson, LLP1977 - 1988
Association namePosition nameDuration
International Association of Defense CounselN/A1996 - Present
American Bar AssociationN/A1978 - Present
Massachusetts Bar AssociationN/A1977 - Present
Boston Bar AssociationN/A1977 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Massamont Insurance Agency, Inc. v. Utica Mutual Insurance CompanySummary judgment affirmed by First Circuit
Underwriters at LLoyd's v. National Instalment Insurance Services, Inc.Denial of almost all relief sought in $7MM case.
Smith v. Jones (pseudonyms)Plaintiffs win $380K judgment.
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Publication nameTitleDate
Defense Counsel JournalDefending Your Client's Choice of Forum1999
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Boston College Law SchoolN/AJD - Juris Doctorate, Magna Cum Laude1977
Harvard CollegeN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts, Cum Laude1974