Has extensive experience representing individuals and business clients on a broad range of issues including: insurance coverage disputes with insurers, including disability claims for professionals with own-occupation disability policies, refusals by insurers to pay litigation defense costs for corporate policyholders; business disputes, including partnership breakups and disputes in closely held corporations; Wage Act claims and other claims by employees for compensation, such as unpaid commissions; fraud, misrepresentation and contract-related matters; disputes over enforcement of employee non-competition agreements; claims under Massachusetts' Unfair and Deceptive Practices Act, Chapter 93A; claims challenging the application of statutes or constitutionality of statutes; will contests and undue influence claims; serious personal injury.
Has represented clients both before suit is filed -- exploring tactics and creative strategies to resolve disputes without litigation -- and after suit is filed or an arbitration claim is initiated. Has tried cases in state and federal court and in arbitration proceedings lasting from two days to more than a month.
Has lectured frequently at professional seminars on litigation-related topics, and written extensively on litigation-related topics. Has held the highest rating, AV, from Martindale-Hubbell for more than two decades. Has received the "Super Lawyer" designation from SuperLawyers.com.
|Partner||Jager McCarron LLP||2017 - 2018|
|Partner||Jager Smith PC||2003 - 2016|
|Partner||Schneider Reilly LLP||1993 - 2003|
|Litigation Associate||Bingham Dana & Gould||1984 - 1993|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys||N/A||N/A|
|American Association for Justice||N/A||N/A|
|Joint Bar Committee on Judicial Appointments 2010 – 2012||N/A||2010 - 2012|
|Boston Bar Association, Tort Committee||Chair||1998 - 2000|
|Boston Bar Association, Litigation Steering Committee||N/A||1998 - 2000|
|Massachusetts Bar Association||Civil Litigation Section Council||1997 - 1998|
|Massachusetts Bar Association, Advertising Committee||N/A||1994 - 1995|
|Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys, Public Education Committee||N/A||1994 - 1995|
|Appellate Practice in Massachusetts, The Art of Appeal (MCLE)||Contributing author, from 1994 to 2016; Chapter, "Role of the Amicus Brief"||2016|
|Business Torts in Massachusetts (MCLE)||Chapter, "Business Remedies Under Chapter 93A"||2016|
|Chapter 93A Rights and Remedies (MCLE)||Chapter, “Business Remedies Under Chapter 93A,||2016|
|Business Torts in Massachusetts (MCLE)||Chapter, "Business Remedies Under Chapter 93A"||2002|
|Lawyers Cooperative Publishing||Massachusetts Civil Practice: Appeals||1997|
|Journal of the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys||Author, "The Press Perspective on the First Amendment"||1994|
|Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (MCLE)||Contributing Author, "State Freedom of Information Act"||1993|
|Boston University School of Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1984|
|Boston University||BS - Bachelor of Science||1974|
|Insurance company refusing to cover corporate policyholder||Achieved settlement with insurance company that provided payment of client's huge litigation defense costs as well as settlement of underlying lawsuit, and helped business client avoid financial disaster|
|Will contest based on undue influence||Negotiated settlement that resulted in client receiving the full benefit of the earlier will as well as payment of attorneys' fees|
|Breach of royalty contract||Succeeded in proving defendant breached a contract to pay royalties and owed significant damages to client; successfully protected the judgment for the client on appeal|
|Wage Act case for high-earning salesperson||Jury verdict in favor of client upheld; lower court decision dismissing client's Wage Act claim -- solely because he was high earner -- reversed on appeal, clearing the way for client to pursue Wage Act claim, which was then settled|
|Fraudulent transfer of assets||Won the trial for the client who had been victimized by the defendants' attempt to move assets beyond his reach, and the client was able to recover all the money owed|
|Constitutional challenge to federal statute||Succeeded in obtaining preliminary injunction that suspended enforcement of statute and led to eventual settlement worth more than $70 million to veterans despite reversal of injunction on appeal; statute expired and was not renewed by Congress|
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