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  • Jeffrey E. Poindexter

Jeff Poindexter is a co-chair of the firm’s Litigation/ADR Department and a member of the Construction Law and Schools, Colleges and Universities Practice Groups. He 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 and has tried cases to juries, judges and arbitrators. Jeff represents individuals, corporate and business clients, and schools, colleges and universities, in litigation of a wide array of disputes, including contract, business, employment, trademark infringement, products liability and other commercial matters.

Jeff is the Chair of the YMCA System of Greater Springfield, and in that role led a successful national search for a new President/CEO and financial turnaround of the organization. He also has served as the alumni member and Secretary of the Board of Trustees of Springfield Technical Community College. Jeff was one of twenty-one attorneys appointed by Governor Charlie Baker to serve on the Massachusetts Judicial Nominating Committee, on which he served for two terms. He is a member of the Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity and its Springfield chapter, Beta Sigma Boulé, which is a national fraternity of African American professionals and the first Greek-letter organization to be founded by African American men. Jeff also is a member of the Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association.

Jeff has three times been selected to serve on or chair the Merit Selection Panel to appoint and reappoint United States District Court Magistrate Judges for the District of Massachusetts. He has served, by appointment of Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, on the state’s Finance Advisory Board and the Massachusetts Department of Industrial Accidents Judicial Nominating Panel, and by appointment of the mayor of Springfield, on the city’s Retirement Board. Jeff has also served on the board of the Springfield Boys & Girls Club, on the board and executive committee of Springfield School Volunteers and on the board of Hampden County Lawyers for Justice.

Related Professional Experience

Jeff served as a law clerk to the Honorable Michael A. Ponsor, United States District Court, District of Massachusetts. He also clerked for the Honorable John Morrison for the Fourth Judicial Circuit Court of Virginia.

Representative Publications

Co-Editor, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Federal Civil Litigation in the First Circuit (2017 ed.).

Co-Author, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Federal Civil Litigation in the First Circuit, Chapter 1, Summary Judgment and Other Threshold Dispositive Motions, Defendant’s Perspective (2011 ed.).

Co-Author, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Massachusetts Superior Court Civil Practice Jury Instructions, Chapter 19, Civil Rights Actions (2008 ed.).

Author, The Prompt Payment Act – Pay-if-Paid Clauses Generally Unenforceable and Other New Rules for Construction Contracts, Newsletter, January 4, 2011.

Author, Important Changes to Wage & Hour Laws in MA – Automatic Treble Damages in Massachusetts Wage Violation Cases, Newsletter, May 9, 2008.

Representative Experience

Represented clients in trademark and trade secret litigation, including Lanham Act and other claims relating to name confusion; and claims relating to company’s alleged unlawful use of proprietary information to interfere with contractual and advantageous business relations.

Represented clients in products liability cases, including a hospital in connection with an alleged defective automatic implantable cardioverter defibrillator; a national manufacturer and distributer of tractor trailers in connection with an alleged defective underride guard; a drug maker in connection with claims alleging defective product and failure to warn; and an amusement ride manufacturer in connection with negligent design of an amusement ride.

Represented clients in class actions and collective actions, including a publicly traded manufacturing company in connection with alleged claims of securities fraud; and a publicly traded timeshare company alleging wage and hour and FLSA violations.

Represented majority shareholders and minority shareholders in complex internal business disputes, including derivative actions, freeze-out claims, and breach of fiduciary duty and duty of loyalty claims.

Represented numerous owners and contractors in actions involving complex design and construction disputes, litigating many disputes through trials in arbitration and in court.