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  • February 2018
    Dunn & Bright Instruct Risk Managers on Responding to Regulatory Agency & Licensing Board Requests
    Attorneys Vincent Dunn and Toby Bright were invited to present on a challenging legal topic to the Massachusetts Society for Healthcare Risk Management at its annual educational conference.  Their presentation guided healthcare risk managers through the proper production parameters associated with requests for information from various regulatory agencies and licensing boards, highlighting areas where agencies and boards often overstep their authority. 
  • January 2018
    Mock Board of Dentistry Hearing at Yankee Dental 2018 
    HMDR&S attorneys Vincent Dunn and Brian Sopp headlined an informative and highly entertaining risk management course at the Yankee Dental Conference this year, along with the co-presenting delight of client and colleague, Deb Udey of Eastern Dentists Insurance Company.  Attorney Dunn played a competent and animated defense attorney representing a meek and misunderstood dentist.  Attorney Sopp played a pernicious Prosecutor for the Board.  Ms. Udey played the insipid investigator for the Board.  The course presented dentists a unique view into an oftentimes opaque process.
  • January 2018
    John Reardon Joins Grand Rounds at Newton-Wellesley Hospital
    Attorney Reardon joined CRICO's Stephen Morey and Barbara Szeidler in presenting on malpractice risks in internal medicine to NWH's Internal Medicine Department.  The presentation included an overview of current issues, electronic health records, and informed consent practices. 
  • December 2017
    Attorney Megan Kures Interviewed for Emergency Department Physicians Publication
    In an article recently published in ED Legal Letter by AHC Media, HMDRS’ own Megan Kures was interviewed to provide an experienced legal perspective on the issue of plaintiff's experts outside the Emergency Medicine specialty testifying as to the standard of care for Emergency Physicians.  In Some Plaintiffs’ ‘Experts’ Have Never Worked in ED, Kures provides an overview of the practice in Massachusetts and what defense attorneys can do to defend their clients' interests in these situations.  To access this publication from ED Legal Letter, click here.
  • November 2017
    New Associate - Ryan Paine - Joins GL Team!
    HMDRS welcomes new Associate Attorney Ryan H. Paine to the general litigation team.  Ryan is a 2015 graduate of Suffolk University Law School who has previously practiced in the area of complex litigation.  Please join us in welcoming him.  To contact or to read more about Ryan, please click here
  • November 2017
    Megan Kures Educates NEBH Nurses on Malpractice
    HMDRS Director Megan Kures spoke to roughly 50 nurses and nursing students during Grand Rounds this month at New England Baptist Hospital.  She addressed the topic of malpractice cases involving nurses.  
  • October 2017
    Attorney Dunn Lectures to Harvard School of Dental Medicine on Ethics

    Attorney Vincent Dunn was invited to present to post-doctorate providers at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine on Practical Dental Ethics this month, adding another topic to his dossier of popular presentations to HSDM.  
  • October 2017
    2017 Super Lawyers List Announced
    We are pleased to announce that eight attorneys at Hamel, Marcin, Dunn, Reardon & Shea, P.C. have been selected to the 2017 Massachusetts Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists.  Please join us in congratulating Rick Shea, Vincent Dunn, Bob Hamel, John Reardon, Megan Kures, Ryan McCarthy, Jenny Sheehan, and Toby Bright on their selection.  Click here to read more.  

  • October 2017
    Avoiding Legal Challenges Presentation to Residency Program Directors at Boston Medical Center
    Honesty may be a good policy when providing physicians-in-training with feedback, but not all feedback is welcomed and some can prompt adverse reactions by the recipient.  HMDR&S Principal Attorneys John Reardon and Bob Hamel recently presented to the Residency Program Directors at Boston Medical Center on the responsibilities of the reviewing physician in providing feedback to residents without prompting employment lawsuits.  In a seminar entitled “Avoiding Legal Challenges: Giving Honest Feedback to Your Resident” John and Bob were able to provide attendees with guidelines for giving feedback along with real examples of cases from their many years of experience in counseling healthcare providers and institutions in employment related matters. 

  • September 2017
    Marcin Educates MGHfC on Medicolegal Issues
    Attorney Marcin was recently invited to present on Medicolegal Issues with Dr. Vandana Madhaven, Director of Pediatrics, at the MassGeneral Hospital for Children.  The presentation provided risk management education on Medicolegal Issues to students, residents, and fellows at the Harvard teaching hospital. 
  • September 2017
    HMDR&S Opens South Shore Office!
    Hamel, Marcin, Dunn, Reardon & Shea is pleased to announce the opening of its Hingham, Massachusetts office.  In addition to its main office in Boston, as well as its Connecticut and Rhode Island locations, HMDR&S’s new HinghamN location allows our firm to conveniently serve the needs of its South Shore, Southeastern Massachusetts and Cape Cod clients.  Our new office is located directly across from the Hingham Shipyard at 350 Lincoln Street, Suite 1101, Hingham, MA 02043.
  • May 2017
    Marcin's Legal Documentation in Nursing Presentation

    Attorney Donna Marcin presented on a challenging and oftentimes convoluted top of documentation in nursing practice.  The presentation entitled "Risk Management in Nursing: Legal Documentation," was presented to nurses with Reliant Medical Group. 
  • April 2017
    Dunn Addresses MGH Residents at Harvard School of Dental Medicine on Risk Management

    Attorney Vincent Dunn was invited to speak to the MGH Dental Residency Program on Dental Malpractice and BORID Regulatory Requirements.  He has been asked to address new residents each year on legal issues relevant to their future dental practice.
  • March 2017
    HMDR&S Names Senior Attorneys

    HMDR&S proudly announces the promotion of Jennifer C. Sheehan, Christopher C. Miller, Thomas (Toby) Bright, and Brian E. Sopp to the position of Senior Attorney.

  • March 2017
    Yankee Institute Dental Ethics Course 

    Attorney Vincent Dunn and President of Massachusetts Dental Society Raymond K. Martin, DDS recently presented their Ethics, Obligations, and Exposures for the Dental Professional course to the Massachusetts Dental Society as the request of the society. 
  • March 2017
    Metropolitan District Dental Society

    Vincent Dunn recently presented his BORID to Tears: Regulatory Requirements & Practice Prophylaxis course to the Metropolitan District Dental Society at the request of the society. 

  • January 2017
    Ryan McCarthy Presents "Premise Liability: Much More than Slip and Falls" at National Ski Resorts Conference

    HMDR&S Director Ryan McCarthy gave a seminar at the National Ski Areas Association (“NSAA”) 2017 East Conference & Tradeshow at Mount Snow in Vermont at the request of client Wells Fargo/Safehold Special Risk.  Ryan, along with two other ASDA attorneys, presented to NSAA members and lead discussions on non-ski and summer related incidents resorts across the country are facing.  The presentation comes at a critical time as ski areas continue evolving into three and four season resorts, expanding their offerings and welcome a widening variety of guests.  To learn more about Ryan and his practice, click here.

HMDRS Publications

  • The FLSA Overtime Rule: A Shifting Legal Landscape
    By Attorney Brian Sopp

    A shifting legal landscape can create uncertainty and raise unforeseen challenges for employers seeking predictability in the marketplace.  A recent request for public comment issued by the U.S. Department of Labor regarding the Fair Labor Standards Act’s Overtime Rule provides one stark example of how such uncertainty can arise.  At the same time, however, it also provides an opportunity for employers to ensure they understand the current Overtime Rule and how they might be affected in the future by potential changes in the law.

    To read more from this legal bulletin by Brian Sopp, click here

  • Mass Appeals Court Says Liability Can Be Reasonably Clear Under Chapter 93A and 176D Even With Other Identified Joint Tortfeasors  By Attorney Louise Saunders
    The Massachusetts Appeals Court recently further articulated when liability can be “reasonably clear” for purposes of the Massachusetts Consumer Protection Statue, Chapters 93A and 176D, and in the context of matters involving more than one possible tortfeasor.  In McLaughlin & another v. American States Insurance Company, the Appeals Court determined that an insurer cannot escape its responsibility to offer a settlement once a policyholder’s liability becomes reasonably clear, even if the liability of other wrongdoers’ is still in question.  

    To read more from this legal Bulletin by Louise Saunders, click here.

  • The Supreme Judicial Court Expands the Scope of the “Mode of Operation” Approach to Premises Liability
    By Attorney Jenny Sheehan

    The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (“SJC”) recently issued a decision which could potentially expand the application of the “mode of operation” theory in premises liability cases.  In Bowers v. P. Wiles, Inc.¹, SJC-11923 (July 28, 2016) (slip opinion), the SJC found that this theory applied to landscaping and similar aesthetic decisions made by a retailer regarding its retail space, and not, as has previously been the case, only in cases where the claimed injury was a direct result of a retailer’s customers being permitted to directly access the goods for sale.

    To read more from this legal Bulletin by Jenny Sheehan, click here.

  • Automated Claims Reporting and Not So ‘Best Practices’ Result in Multi-Million Dollar Judgment Against Insurer By Attorneys Matt Sweet and Jenny Sheehan
    A recent case from the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court may not represent a ground breaking change in insurance law, but it certainly provides some valuable lessons in best practices for claims handling. The practical result of the opinion in Boyle v. Zurich American Insurance Company, 472 Mass. 649 (2015), is that Zurich American Insurance Company was required to pay over $4 million in a case where the policy at issue had a limit of $50,000, and where there was no finding that the insurer had violated M.G.L. c. 93A.

    To read more from this legal bulletin by Matt Sweet and Jenny Sheehan, click here.

  • Lessons and Implications for Professional License Defense By Attorneys Vincent Dunn and Toby Bright

    Vincent Dunn and Toby Bright published an article discussing their experience defending against the Dental Professional Review and Evaluation Program (D-PREP) in the Physician Insurer’s Association of America (PIAA) recent issue of Inside Medical Liability. Read “The Dental Professional Review and Evaluation Program: Lessons and Implications for Professional License Defense” here. 

  • The Board Disciplinary Process By Attorney Toby Bright

    Toby Bright provides an overview of the professional licensing board disciplinary process and dispels common misconceptions individuals often have when they become the subject of a Professional Licensing Board disciplinary proceeding. Please read Toby's article here.


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