Russell X. Pollock was asked to be on a panel of distinguished speakers which included the Hon. Janet Kenton-Walker, the Hon Mark D. Mason, Richard C. Van Nostrand, Esq., Joan O. Vorster, Esq. and Brent A. Tingle, Esq. The program focused on conducting panel voir dire in the Superior Court and included demonstrations of panel voir dire in a couple of contexts from both the plaintiff and defense perspective.
The American Board of Trial Advocates is one of the premier organizations for trial lawyers in the United States. Founded in 1957, the purpose of ABOTA was in large measure to certify trial lawyers and foster integrity in the legal system for the benefit of the public. It is also dedicated to preserving the jury trial in the United States. Membership is by invitation only, and open to trial lawyers who possess the requisite number of jury trials and who have demonstrated the highest level of ethics and civility in the profession.
Clyde D. Bergstresser was asked to be on a panel of distinguished speakers which included former Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley and Retired Superior Court Justice Frances A. McIntyre. The panel addressed developing a theme for the case, do’s and don’t’s of opening statements and tips for effective closing arguments. During his presentation, Clyde recounted a particularly effective closing argument he delivered in a medical negligence trial.
Bergstresser & Pollock is proud to announce that Julia M. Myers has become associated with the law firm. Julia will assist the firm in its representation of individuals and corporations in professional liability lawsuits. Julia was raised in Fairfield Connecticut, attended the University of Delaware and is a graduate of the Suffolk University Law School.
Russ Pollock was asked to present the plaintiffs’ counsel’s perspective on a panel which included prominent legal malpractice defense attorney Thomas E. Peisch, Esq. of Conn Kavanaugh Rosenthal Peisch & Ford, noted mediator Warren Fitzgerald, Esq. of Fitzgerald Dispute Resolution, Jeffrey D. Wolff, Esq. from the Board of Bar Overseers and experienced defense counsel John D. Felice, Esq. of Hermes Netburn O’Connor & Spearing. The program focused on recent changes to the Massachusetts Rules of
Professional Conduct and how they would effect legal malpractice litigation.
Scott Heidorn was asked to present the plaintiffs’ counsel’s perspective on a panel which included esteemed claims professional, Elizabeth Cushing, Vice President of Claims at CRICO and prominent defense attorney John Ryan, Esq. of Sloane & Walsh. The program which was co-sponsored by the Massachusetts Medical Society focused on how medical malpractice claims are evaluated, how the plaintiff and defense interact during a lawsuit and complying with the apology and disclosure stature in Massachusetts.
Russell X. Pollock chaired a panel which included Jayne Tyrrell, Esq., Director of the Massachusetts Interest on Lawyers’ Trust Accounts (IOLTA) Committee and Christopher R. Conroy, Esq., noted legal malpractice defense attorney. The panel addressed the history of IOLTA, impending changes to the rules governing IOLTA and recurring scenarios in which practitioners go awry of the IOLTA rules.
Russell X. Pollock was asked to be on a panel of distinguished arbitrators and civil litigators at MCLE’s “How to Succeed in Arbitration” seminar where the focus of his stand-alone topic was the enforceability of mandatory arbitration agreements in Massachusetts. To review the article submitted to the written materials, please go to our Publications and Presentations page.
Scott Heidorn was asked by the Massachusetts Bar Association to present an overview of the important strategies and considerations when taking and defending depositions in civil litigation. Scott currently serves as a member of Section Counsel for the Civil Litigation Section of the Massachusetts Bar Association and Chair of the Lawyer Referral Service.
Bergstresser & Pollock is pleased to announce that Richard J. Zabbo has transferred his practice from Providence, RI to Boston, MA and has become a member of the firm. Rich earned a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Health Policy and Management cum laude from Providence College and his Juris Doctor from Suffolk University Law School. Prior to joining Bergstresser & Pollock, Rich practiced medical malpractice and health care law at a notable Providence Rhode Island law firm. Rich currently teaches healthcare law at Providence College as an adjunct faculty member. To see Rich’s full biography, please go to his bio page on our Our Team page.
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