Since being founded in 1988, Conn Kavanaugh’s attorneys have been actively involved in a variety of organizations and activities related to the legal profession. Our attorneys have been appointed by the Supreme Judicial Court to serve as members and in senior leadership positions of the Board of Bar Overseers, the Client Security Board, and various Standing Committees of the SJC. Our attorneys also have been appointed to serve as Hearing Officers for the Board of Bar Overseers. Conn Kavanaugh attorneys have been appointed to serve on the Joint Bar Committee, which plays an important role in the selection and appointment of judges in the Commonwealth, and the MCAD Advisory Board, which serves an important role in advising the Governor and the MCAD on operational matters at the MCAD. In addition, many of our attorneys have been selected to serve in leadership positions on the executive boards and in committees of the Massachusetts and Boston Bar Associations.
Over the years, Conn Kavanaugh’s attorneys have been engaged in civic affairs in their respective communities and beyond, serving as members of zoning boards of appeal, town meeting members, municipal utility boards, and the like. The firm also encourages its professional and support staff to volunteer their time and efforts in a wide range of community service projects. Giving back to our communities is an important part of who we are.
Conn Kavanaugh believes that each of its attorneys has a professional obligation to contribute legal services on a pro bono basis to the Greater Boston community. The firm has enacted a pro bono policy that comports with Rule 6.1 of the Massachusetts Rules of Professional Conduct, and encourages each lawyer to provide annually at least 25 hours of legal services to persons of limited means or to organizations serving persons of limited means.
Conn Kavanaugh only accepts pro bono cases through referrals from qualified legal services organizations.
Conn Kavanaugh's attorneys have demonstrated their commitment to pro bono work through their work with the following organizations and on the following matters:
The Legal Food Hub
The Legal Food Hub is one of Conn Kavanaugh's newer partnerships. The Legal Food Hub matches low-income farmers and food “startups” with volunteer lawyers to assist with a variety of legal needs. Legal Food Hub connected Waltham Fields Community Farm with Mary (Beth) E. O’Neal and Kathleen R. O’Toole. Beth and Kate successfully prepared the organization to comply with new overtime law requirements. Additionally, Mary (Beth) E. O’Neal , Andrew R. Dennington, and Henry H. Tran are working with the Food Hub on an employment law booklet for farmers, to be presented at a series of seminars.
Massachusetts Advocates for Children
Conn Kavanaugh's attorneys have worked with attorneys from Massachusetts Advocates for Children (MAC) to represent the interests of children with special needs in obtaining equal access to educational and other opportunities. In 2006, the firm's attorneys assisted MAC in negotiating with the Department of Mental Health and the Executive Office of Health and Human Services to ensure that state agencies complied with legislative mandates requiring that funds be directed to intensive in-home services for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. In 2007, the firm's attorneys assisted a Boston family in negotiating an appropriate private school placement for a young boy with special needs.
Victim Rights Law Center
Conn Kavanaugh represents clients referred by the Victim Rights Law Center, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing free legal representation to victims of domestic violence in civil matters arising out of the assaults. Conn Kavanaugh's attorneys have assisted clients in obtaining and extending civil restraining orders against their assailants. Conn Kavanaugh's attorneys also have represented victims of sexual assault in negotiating changes to their housing, employment, and custody arrangements in the wake of traumatic assaults.
Women's Bar Foundation
Conn Kavanaugh's lawyers are actively involved with the Women's Bar Foundation (WBF), the pro bono affiliate of the Women's Bar Association. The WBF runs five pro bono programs in Massachusetts, providing free legal services to some of our most vulnerable and underserved populations. Erin K. Higgins served as President of the Women's Bar Foundation for the 2009 term, and Conn Kavanaugh lawyers regularly represent clients referred by the WBF.
Volunteer Lawyers Project
Conn Kavanaugh's lawyers regularly take cases referred by the Volunteer Lawyers Project (VLP). Recently, Conn Kavanaugh's lawyers represented VLP clients in the following matters:
Health Law Advocates
Conn Kavanaugh's lawyers also receive cases from the Health Law Advocates (HLA), which provides legal assistance to income-eligible individuals who live or work in Massachusetts and have difficulty obtaining health care or insurance coverage. In 2008, HLA recognized Conn Kavanaugh lawyers for their "superior legal representation in HLA referral matters involving one of HLA's fastest growing areas of practice - consumer medical debt." By way of example, Conn Kavanaugh's lawyers represented HLA clients in the following matter:
Lawyer for the Day Programs
Conn Kavanaugh's lawyers also participate in Lawyer-for-the-Day programs run by the Probate and Family Court and by the Essex County Housing Court. As part of these programs, Conn Kavanaugh's lawyers dedicate an entire day to providing on-the-spot legal assistance to low-income clients with pending family law or housing court matters.
Welcome to Conn Kavanaugh. We are pleased to have the opportunity to introduce ourselves to you and explain our commitment to our clients and community.
We are a disciplined, dedicated, and loyal team of professionals with a singular goal: to provide our clients with the highest caliber of legal service in an intelligible and cost effective manner. Our lawyers, staff, and assistants understand that treating all clients with respect is the cornerstone of our success. There is a remarkable sense of teamwork and camaraderie within the firm and an ever-present satisfaction that comes from knowing that what we do makes a difference. We are exceptionally proud of our many trial and business successes, the leadership positions taken by our lawyers in both Bar and community activities, and the measurable impact we have in changing lives for the better by providing pro-bono services to those most in need.
As Managing Partner, it is my privilege to assure that our core values remain intact and that, as a Firm, we continue to meet the needs of our clients. We know that clients have a choice when it comes to legal services, and it is incumbent upon our team to prove each and every day that your confidence in us is well-placed.
To our existing clients, I would like to say thank you for your trust and confidence. To our prospective clients who may be viewing this website for the first time, we look forward to having the opportunity to earn your trust and to exceed your expectations.