The attorneys at Jones Kelleher have achieved national recognition for their handling of some of the most complex, high-stakes and historic personal injury cases in New England. Our team of lawyers have a long history of achieving significant, often multimillion-dollar recoveries in sophisticated general liability and medical malpractice claims for their clients.
Donna R. Corcoran is a trial lawyer and partner at Jones Kelleher. Her practice focuses on medical malpractice, catastrophic personal injury, premises liability and product liability.
Ralph R. Liguori is a trial lawyer and partner at Jones Kelleher in the firm's Providence, Rhode Island office. Prior to this, Ralph was a partner at Cooley Manion Jones having joined the firm in 2006. He received his law degree from New England School of Law in 1993.
Richard W. Paterniti is a partner at Jones Kelleher. His practice involves the litigation and trial of personal injury cases with a focus on medical malpractice, premises liability, motor vehicle negligence and product liability cases. Rich has successfully represented clients in state and federal courts throughout the country and has worked on trial teams that have successfully obtained multi-million dollar resolutions for injured clients at trial, arbitration and mediation. His practice also has included employment and commercial litigation.
Audrey R. Poore is an associate with Jones Kelleher in the firm’s Boston office. Audrey’s practice focuses on personal injury and medical malpractice.
Erin K. Thurston is an associate with Jones Kelleher in the firm’s Boston office. Erin’s practice focuses on complex personal injury matters. In 2016, Erin was selected for inclusion as a “Rising Star” in the area of personal injury by Massachusetts Super Lawyers, the Thomson Reuters lawyer rating service.
In addition to helping injured people and their families to get through some of the most difficult times in their lives, trial attorneys also seek to make a difference at our State House.
Related Attorney Timothy C. Kelleher III
In order for a plaintiff to bring a dramshop claim against a bar or restaurant alleging overservice leading to injury, he must satisfy the affidavit requirement of M.G.L. c. 231 §60J. The statute requires the plaintiff to set forth “sufficient facts to raise a legitimate question of liability appropriate for judicial inquiry.” Id. The statute was intended to help eliminate frivolous claims, thereby protecting bars and restaurants from aggressive litigation, and to encourage them to obtain liquor liability insurance.
The notion that there exists a duty to preserve evidence relevant to a dispute, or potential dispute, is an ancient and well-documented common law principle. The doctrine likely goes back as far as Roman law. Contra Spoliaterem Omnia Praesumuntur is a Latin phrase meaning everything most to his disadvantage is to be presumed against the destroyer. Essentially, the doctrine requires a party to preserve evidence when they know, or should know, that the evidence is likely to be relevant to pending or future litigation.
Related Attorney Ralph R. Liguori
In November 2012, three years ago this month, Massachusetts passed the medical malpractice notice statute, M. G. L. c. 231, § 60L. On its face, the statute was intended to reduce the number of medical malpractice actions brought by encouraging openness by health care providers and early resolution between plaintiffs and defendants of substantiated claims. However, in our experience, the notice statute has not resulted in the transparency or openness by health care providers in responding to these claims expected by the statute and has further demonstrated the need for plaintiffs to retain experienced attorneys in this specialty of medical malpractice litigation.
Related Attorney Richard W. Paterniti
On Thursday, October 1, 2015, the Victim Rights Law Center (VRLC) held its annual fundraiser, the Shining Star Gala, at the John Joseph Moakley U.S. Courthouse. The VRLC is the first nonprofit law center in the country solely dedicated to serving the critical legal needs of rape and sexual assault victims, and through the efforts of hundreds of volunteer attorneys, this organization is able to provide free, trauma-informed civil legal services to survivors throughout Massachusetts.
Related Attorney Audrey R. Poore
As personal injury counsel, we take pride in our role as advocate for our clients who have been seriously injured. We often are pitted in an adversarial position against the insurance companies and their defense counsel. While we are always ready, willing and able to “do battle” for our clients, it is important to take a smart, efficient approach with each case to most effectively advocate for our clients. As the recent “deflategate” controversy has taught us, bitter, contentious litigation is not always the most productive manner in which to resolve a dispute.
Related Attorney Robert A. DeLello
As a founding partner of one of the Northeast’s leading medical malpractice and personal injury law firms, Jones Kelleher, Patrick T. Jones—Lawyer of the Year® 2016, Best Lawyers® 2016 Medical Malpractice, Plaintiffs, Boston credits the firm’s success to a great partnership and tremendous administrative support. “Working with these partners and staff, many of whom have been with us since the late eighties and early nineties, has been truly enjoyable.”
Related Attorney Patrick T. Jones