Francis D. Dibble, Jr.Partner
Sandy Dibble is a member of the Health Law and Employment Law Practice Groups. Sandy has served for more than 30 years as a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. He has also served as managing and co-managing partner.
Early in his career, Sandy concentrated his practice in litigation, particularly in health care, business and anti-competition cases. He has extensive trial experience in high-stakes and high-profile cases and is recognized as one of Massachusetts’ preeminent trial lawyers. Sandy has frequently represented hospitals and other health care providers in litigation and has handled dozens of cases involving antitrust issues.
Sandy also devotes a substantial portion of his practice to advising for-profit and non-profit organizations and individual clients on issues of corporate governance, regulatory compliance and the legal implications of major business decisions. He has worked closely with in-house counsel and senior executives of client organizations to manage crises and avoid or solve problems.
He has been recognized by his peers on multiple occasions as an outstanding litigator. For the past 25 years, Sandy has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® and for many years has been listed in Best’s Directory of Recommended Insurance Attorneys and Who’s Who in the World. Newspaper surveys of lawyers and others have recognized him as the “Best Lawyer” in Springfield and the “Outstanding Business Litigator” in western Massachusetts. He has also been selected for inclusion in the Super Lawyers list published by New England Super Lawyers magazine each year since 2004 and has frequently been named by the publication as one of the “Top 100 Massachusetts Super Lawyers.”
Sandy is a fellow or member of numerous professional organizations, including the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, an invitation-only organization limited to 500 members from the United States, which he serves as a director.
Related Professional Experience
Prior to joining the firm, Sandy served as a law clerk for Justice Francis J. Quirico of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. While with the firm, Sandy has served as an adjunct professor of evidence at Western New England Law School, as an editor of the Massachusetts Law Review, and as a frequent speaker at continuing legal education seminars. At the request of various state and federal courts, Sandy has served as special counsel and as commissioner and committee member in matters of public interest.
Sandy has contributed numerous chapters and articles on subjects such as antitrust, employment law, and federal and state court civil litigation to professional publications, including the ABA Antitrust Class Actions Handbook; the ABA Criminal Antitrust Litigation Manual; the MCLE Massachusetts Deposition Practice Manual; and the MCLE Federal Civil Litigation in the First Circuit.
In representing clients in litigation involving health care, antitrust, trade regulation, shareholder disputes, employment discrimination and other issues, has tried to conclusion and won more than 50 substantial cases by jury verdict or judicial decision, and won many more before trial by summary judgment or dismissal. 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.
Successfully litigated numerous majority/minority shareholder matters; including obtaining summary judgment for majority shareholder on minority shareholder’s claims of breach of fiduciary duty, breach of contract and wrongful termination and on counterclaim for breach of contract and obtaining summary affirmance of judgment on appeal.
Prevailed on motion to dismiss complaint in potential class action (one of 40 cases filed nationwide) regarding hospital charges to uninsured patients.
Obtained reversal by Supreme Judicial Court of trial court’s order to hospital to produce documents and information protected by the medical peer review privilege.
Advised a range of for-profit and non-profit organizations on business matters; including acquisitions, sales and employment law.
Serves as outside general counsel to largest health care system in western Massachusetts, advising on matters of regulatory compliance, governance, best practices, governmental investigations, conflicts of interest and other matters.
Represented health insurer responding to state-wide regulatory investigation of health care costs in Massachusetts and in multi-insurer rate appeal hearings before the Department of Insurance.
Served as counsel to for-profit and non-profit clients responding to subpoenas or civil investigative demands from federal and state agencies, including the U.S. Department of Justice, Federal Trade Commission, state attorneys general and the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, among others.
Appointed by the Supreme Judicial Court as special counsel to the Committee on Professional Responsibility for Clerks of the Courts, investigated and brought charges for removal of the clerk magistrate of the Northampton District Court, represented the Committee in disciplinary proceedings through hearing on the merits and successfully defended removal decision on two appeals to the Supreme Judicial Court.