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Alternative Dispute Resolution

Alternative dispute resolution has become an increasingly preferred option for resolving disputes. Mediation avoids the costs and expense of litigation, saves time, and allows the parties to agree on a mutually satisfactory outcome with the assistance of a skilled mediator. Arbitration streamlines the litigation process, expediting time to final resolution on the merits, saving the parties substantial fees and allowing the parties to select a decision-maker in whom they have confidence and often has experience in the subject matter being arbitrated.

The ADR Group at Bulkley Richardson provides alternative dispute resolution services to parties, including mediation and arbitration, both before, during and after litigation, in all type of civil disputes including construction, corporate/business, real estate, healthcare, insurance and non-profits, including schools, colleges and universities.

The ADR Group is led by Justice John M. Greaney and Managing Partner Peter H. Barry.

Prior to becoming Senior Counsel at Bulkley Richardson, Justice John M. Greaney most recently served as a Justice on the Supreme Judicial Court. Prior to that, he served as Chief Justice of the Appeals Court and a Judge on both the Housing Court and Superior Court. Before going on the bench, Justice Greaney practiced law in Springfield, Massachusetts for 10 years. He has a deep understanding of litigation issues, both trial and appellate, based on his experience in the trial courts and on the appellate bench.

Peter Barry is the Chair of the firm’s Construction Law Practice Group and has advised clients in connection with major construction projects and has mediated, arbitrated and litigated numerous construction disputes. He also has substantial experience in the areas of health care law and business law and has represented schools, colleges and universities in a wide array of disputes.

Francis D. Dibble, Jr. has concentrated his practice on resolving problems and disputes for individuals, and for-profit and non-profit enterprises through advice, negotiation, litigation, arbitration and mediation in a wide range of matters involving health care, antitrust, trade regulation, shareholder disputes, employment discrimination, personal injury and other issues. As a Massachusetts Superior Court Judge wrote in one opinion: “Mr. Dibble is one of the premier attorneys in the Western Massachusetts area.” He has tried to conclusion and won more than 100 substantial cases by jury verdict or judicial decision in the federal and state courts and has argued more than 30 appeals before the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court and Appeals Court and the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the First and District of Columbia Circuits. Many of his trials and appeals have involved high-stakes and high-profile matters drawing media attention.

Daniel J. Finnegan focuses his practice in the areas of litigation, property tax, construction law, administrative law and land use. He handles all aspects of civil litigation, arbitration and mediation and has represented banks, financial institutions, corporate, business, governmental and individual clients at the trial and appellate court levels in both state and federal courts.

Kevin C. Maynard focuses his practice on resolving commercial disputes for businesses and individuals through advice, negotiation, litigation, arbitration and mediation in matters involving contracts, shareholder and fiduciary disputes, financial services, insurance and ERISA issues, construction claims, professional liability and environmental claims. His litigation experience encompasses both state and federal courts, and he has won appeals before the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, the state’s Appeals Court, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.

David A. Parke focuses on general corporate and business matters, including mergers and acquisitions and other transactional work. His practice includes helping businesses and other organizations, and their owners or managers, with contractual, organizational, commercial, trade and any other matters that arise in the normal course of operations. This includes drafting and negotiating all types of agreements, and helping with all aspects of various transactions. David has represented clients in closing business acquisitions, and has served as general counsel or primary business counsel to large and small organizations, in different industries. He has served as arbitrator in several commercial matters.

Melinda M. Phelps’ local, state and federal government strategies work includes a wide range of policy and administrative issues involving the need for new or amended legislation or regulations, as well as matters involving compliance with existing rules. She also assists clients in obtaining permits and economic development incentives. Melinda’s extensive experience in civil litigation includes the defense of medical malpractice claims and the resolution of business-related disputes through advice, litigation or alternative dispute resolution. She represents clients before the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy and Professional Licensure.

Jeffrey E. Poindexter handles all aspects of civil litigation, arbitration and mediation and has worked on matters at both the trial and appellate court levels in both state and federal courts. Jeff represents individuals, corporate clients, and schools, colleges and universities in the litigation of a wide array of disputes, including contract, business, employment, trademark infringement, products liability and other commercial matters.

John P. Pucci is one of Massachusetts’ top trial lawyers, representing clients in complex civil and criminal litigation of all kinds in both state and federal court. Since 2002, John has been a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers, which limits its membership to the top 1% of trial lawyers in each state. From 1990-1994, he was Chief of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Springfield and from 1984-1990, he was an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Philadelphia. John received the Department of Justice’s Distinguished Service Award in 1991 for his trial work while in the Department of Justice. He has served as arbitrator and participated in mediations of all kinds for more than 25 years.