Michael P. Schaefer

Mike is an Of Counsel in the Professional Practices and Business Litigation Groups out of Donovan Hatem’s Boston office.  He represents clients in professional liability, construction, products liability, and business litigation in federal and state courts and alternative dispute resolution.  He has a particular focus on defending architects, engineers, and other professionals in professional liability litigation.
Prior to joining Donovan Hatem, Mike worked with a litigation management law firm in the Boston area where he oversaw litigation and managed local counsel throughout the country for a national franchisor in the disaster remediation and reconstruction industry. 

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Brittney C. Russell

Brittney C. Russell is an Associate in the Professional Practices Group in the firm’s New York office. Her practice focuses on representation of architects and engineers and commercial litigation.
Brittney has a broad range of litigation experience, having joined the Firm from her own practice where she served the Long Island community. Before starting her own firm, Brittney served as the Executive Director of the Nassau Land Bank whose mission was to restore vacant, abandoned and tax distressed properties to productive use,

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Gail Kelley

Gail Kelley is Of Counsel in the Professional Practices Group in the firm’s Boston Office. Her practice is focused on contract drafting and negotiation for design, construction, and consulting firms, and claims management.
Gail’s experience has seen her work extensively within the design and construction industry on both domestic and international projects. She has provided guidance on municipal building and construction laws and has leveraged her risk management experience to advise clients engaging in joint ventures and public/private partnerships.

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Matthew Gendreau

Matthew is an Associate in the firm’s professional practice group focusing on litigation matters. Matthew’s concentration is in insurance defense and professional liability.
In previous roles, Matthew served as in-house counsel with an internationally known insurance agency, handling matters for their personal and commercial line business. Matthew’s work in litigation in and around Boston found him handling hundreds of cases involving workers’ comp, family law, immigration, and representing union employees for a variety of trials in Probate &

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Dillon Aisenberg

Dillon Aisenberg is an Associate in the Professional Practices Group in the firm’s Boston office. He focuses his practice on evaluating, managing and resolving claims asserted against engineers, architects and other professionals.
While at Northeastern University School of Law, Dillon took part in their prominent co-op program. He worked at the Brockton Public Defenders Office, a plaintiff side personal injury firm, and then as a law clerk at Donovan Hatem. In addition, while in law school,

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Preston L. Clinton

Preston Clinton is an Associate in the Firm’s Professional Practice, Business Litigation and Insurance and Tort Litigation groups where he represents individuals and businesses in civil litigation matters in state and federal court with a focus on business law, contract disputes, real estate, land use, zoning, employment law and personal injury.
Preston’s approach to representing his clients is aimed at meeting and addressing each client’s unique needs. This may mean negotiating a settlement, developing a creative solution to resolve a complex legal matter,

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Jacob R. McComber

Jacob McComber is an Associate in the firm’s professional practice group and focuses on litigation matters. Jacob concentrates his practice on professional liability, insurance defense and tort litigation.
While at New England Law Boston, Jacob was a certified student attorney for the Mental Health Legal Advisors Committee where he litigated in probate and family court. Additionally, Jacob was a member of New England Law’s Intellectual Property Pro Bono program where he assisted small business’s with trademark applications.

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Nicholas J. Giannone

Nick is an Associate in the firm’s Professional Practice Group.  Nick focuses on advising engineers, architects and their professional liability Insurers regarding Project-Specific professional liability claim issues that are asserted against Design Professionals during the course of Design-Build Infrastructure Projects throughout North America. Nick also provides advice to and represents those Design Professionals in connection with the dispute resolution processes associated with these Projects. Prior to joining Donovan Hatem, Nick worked with large private practice groups representing biotech,

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John Lim

John Lim is an associate in the Professional Practices Group in the firm’s Boston office. John has assisted in the management of multiple claim issues associated with Design-Build projects, related to the civil, structural, geotechnical, and MEP disciplines. The claim issues include but are not limited to pre-award issues related to quantity growth from preliminary design and post-award issues related to structural design and conflicts in final design. The Design-Build projects include roadway improvement projects, tunneling projects,

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Brian D. Moore

Brian Moore is an associate in the Professional Practices Group in the firm’s Boston office. His practice primarily focuses on risk management and dispute resolution for architects and engineers.
Prior to joining Donovan Hatem, Brian worked for litigation firms in Massachusetts where his practice involved large-scale litigation related to matters venued in State and Federal Courts. Brian has also worked for the United States Department of Justice in the District of Massachusetts for the Health Care Fraud unit.

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Stephen G. Johnson, Jr.

Stephen Johnson is Of Counsel in the Firm’s Professional Practices Group. His practice primarily focuses on Professional Liability, Insurance Defense and Coverage, and Business and Construction Litigation.
Prior to joining Donovan Hatem, LLP, Stephen was in private practice representing clients in corporate formation and governance, residential and commercial real estate, and zoning, land use and development. Stephen also served as outside General Counsel for a medical equipment supply and monitoring company. Prior to that Stephen was the head of the Loss Prevention Department for PUMA North America,

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Steven Shane Smith

Shane is an Associate in the Firm’s Litigation Group.  Shane has experience representing design professionals including architects and engineers, and contractors in a variety of complex construction claims and disputes involving publicly and privately funded construction projects.  Shane represents clients before state and federal courts, arbitration tribunals, and mediation proceedings.  Shane also has experience defending individual medical healthcare professionals and medical facilities concerning claims of alleged medical malpractice involving physicians, nurses, and dentists for alleged breaches of the standard of care,

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James N. Worden

James Worden is a Partner in the Firm’s Litigation Group where he represents clients in all phases of litigation, arbitration and mediation concerning large-scale state, federal, and private construction projects. James regularly advises and represents clients on Design-Bid-Build and design – build project delivery and specializes in handling contract negotiation, claim presentation, and litigation of public and private construction project disputes.
James also has extensive experience representing employers and employees in wage disputes and discrimination claims,

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Samuel J. Muir

Samuel J. Muir is a trial attorney based out in California, who specializes in construction litigation with an emphasis on the representation of design professionals. After graduating from Azusa Pacific University, Sam received his Juris Doctor degree from Loyola Law School and is now a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). For over 30 years, Sam has successfully represented clients in jury trials, bench trials, binding arbitrations, and mediations that are too numerous to count.

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Brendan T. Malvey

Brendan is a Partner in the firm’s Professional Practice Group, specializing in the defense of design professionals including architects, engineers and construction management professionals throughout North America. He brings over a dozen years of experience in the areas of business litigation, professional malpractice, breach of contract, unfair business practices, employment law and insurance coverage. Prior to joining Donovan Hatem, Brendan served as a Litigation Attorney for two Boston law firms and as Counsel for a high-end construction specialties company.

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Michael S. Robertson

Michael Robertson is Of Counsel in the Professional Practices Group in the firm’s Boston office. His practice primarily focuses on Professional Liability and Insurance Defense and Coverage.
Prior to joining Donovan Hatem, Michael was an Associate Mediator with Resolutions, LLC, where his practice included mediations in all practice areas, including construction litigation. Michael has extensive knowledge of negotiation theory and strategy and the ADR field in general. Michael also represented sub-contractors as an Associate at the law firm of Corwin &

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Stephen F. Willig

Steve Willig is a partner in the firm’s Litigation department and has been defending professionals, business owners and contractors, and representing insurers, in commercial and casualty litigation for more than thirty years. During that time, he has litigated complex matters involving professional malpractice, director and officer liability, employee fidelity bonds, insurance coverage, contracts, government regulations, and negligence. His trial and appellate practice has included matters before the federal and state courts in New York and New Jersey,

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Jon C. Cowen

Jon C. Cowen is a partner in the firm’s Professional Practices, Business Litigation and Insurance and Tort Litigation groups. He represents businesses and individuals facing a wide variety of matters involving breach of contract, duty of care, intra-corporate disputes and real estate-related matters. Jon has extensive experience in defending professional liability claims. He is also regularly called upon to provide advice on complex insurance coverage questions. Jon previously worked as in-house counsel at a large, privately held company located outside of Boston.

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Joshua S. Stern

Joshua Stern is Of Counsel in the Litigation department in Donovan Hatem’s New York office.   Josh is an experienced litigator who has obtained numerous successful results at the trial and appellate levels, as well as in alternative dispute resolution procedures throughout the country.  He has extensive experience representing architects and engineers, and has defended personal injury, labor law, property damage and complex commercial disputes in state and federal courts. In one case, Josh obtained a multi-m illion dollar arbitration award against a Fortune 500 company for breach of contract,

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William D. Gillis, Jr.

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