Representative Cases

Case: Department of Children and Families v. Mother & others, Mass. App. No. 2017-P-1593 (July 10, 2018).
Description: In this care and protection case, the Department of Children and Families removed the Child from his Mother and placed him in foster care. Successfully argued Child’s position that DCF acted inappropriately in removing the Child as the evidence did not support that Mother was an unfit parent. The Appeals Court decided in favor of Mother and Child, ordering that DCF facilitate Child being reunited with Mother.

Case: Commonwealth v. Curtis Lopes, Leominster District Court Docket no. 1561-CR-913 (April 24, 2017).
Description: Represented the defendant on a motion for new trial. Successfully argued that the defendant received ineffective assistance of counsel when trial counsel failed to call a key witness who could have made a difference in the case. The trial court vacated the verdict and ordered a new trial.

Case: Golrick v. United States Bank Nat’l Ass’n, Mass. App. No. 15-P-841 (Apr. 22, 2016).
Description: Successfully represented U.S. Bank in an appeal of a quiet title action filed by the former owner of the property, Jeanne Golrick. Golrick claimed that the foreclosure performed by U.S. Bank was invalid. The Appeals Court decided in favor of U.S. Bank, finding on appeal that Golrick’s claims lacked merit.

Case: Deutsche Bank National Trust Co vs. Antonia Shelzi, et. al., Middlesex Super. No. 1481CV04985 (August 31, 2016).
Description: Successfully represented parcel owner in eminent domain case involving the Somerville Redevelopment Authority’s takings of multiple parcels of real property in the Union Square area. Drafted opposing brief arguing the Authority’s summary judgment motion to use the “project influence rule” to attempt to freeze property values at 2003 levels was improper. The court sided with the client and denied the Authority’s motion.

Case: James Gualtieri v. Equity One, Inc., et. al., Mass. App. No. 15-P-421 (August 1, 2016).
Description: Successfully represented J.P. Morgan Chase Bank against debtor who defaulted on his mortgage, but claimed the mortgage to be fraudulent. Drafted appeal brief successfully arguing that the issues had been precluded by prior litigation, and were otherwise without merit.