Recent Firm News

Hassett & Donnelly’s Strategic Use of Summary Judgment Pays Off
Hassett & Donnelly recently garnered a series of successes by filing Motions for Summary Judgment and a Motion to Dismiss at strategic points during litigation. By artfully crafting and carefully timing several dispositive motions, Hassett & Donnelly’s attorneys halted potential costly litigation in its tracks and brought about judicious and cost-effective solutions. . . read more

Judge reduces $135K fee award request to $50,000
Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly
January 10, 2013
“Unreasonable,” “excessive” and “inflated.” When a judge uses those three words in the same breath as “attorneys’ fees,” the lawyer seeking the award knows he’s in trouble. Read More

Mass. SJC Denies Insurer’s Attempt to Net Attorney’s Fees Gamache Exception to American Rule is For Insureds, Court Says
The Standard
In the case of John T. Callahan & Sons, Inc., et al v. Worcester Insurance Company, 453 Mass. 447, 902 N.E.2d 923 (2009), David F. Hassett successfully argued.. read more

Equestrian Fails to Prove That Driver Caused Injury – Defense Verdict Turns on Key Piece of Video Evidence
The Connecticut Law Tribune
M&W Construction of Colchester Inc. and Jeffrey Watson v. Erica Kelly, Alphonse.. read more

Hassett Nominated by His Peers as One of “Best Lawyers in America” in the Field of Personal Injury Defense Litigation
Metrowest Daily News
David F. Hassett of Northborough, managing partner of Hassett & Donnelly P.C., a litigation defense law firm with offices in Worcester and Hartford, Conn., was recently selected.. read more

Donnelly and Mayo Earn Four Significant Dismissals
Attorneys Gerard T. Donnelly and Courtney E. Mayo recently obtained dismissals in three (3) actions brought in Massachusetts Superior Court and one (1) in the United States District.. read more

Recent Blog Posts

The Ten Commandments of Cross-Examination: A Trial Lawyer’s Commentary on the Insights of Irving Younger Cross-examination can be one of the most important and exciting aspects of trying a case. But it is also one of the most challenging components of a trial, and errors in cross-examination can at times make or break a case. One of the most prominent experts in this area is the late Irving Younger, a former judge and Cornell Law Professor who crafted the Ten Commandments of Cross- Examination. Read More

Recent Developments in the Law

SJC Calculates 93A Damages at $22 Million Dollars
Rhodes v. AIG Domestic Claims, Inc. (SJC-10911)
In Rhodes v. AIG Domestic Claims, Inc., SJC-10911 (February 10, 2012), the SJC reaffirmed that damages for knowing or willful.. read more

Mass. State Police “Critical Speed Formula” Excluded in Daubert Hearing
Commonwealth vs. Cruz (Norfolk Superior Court Criminal Action No.: 10-0508)
The following is a summary of the recent decision of Commonwealth vs. Cruz. Hassett & Donnelly was.. read more