Conn Kavanaugh is a Boston law firm that represents individuals and organizations ranging from closely held and family businesses to Fortune 100 companies. Since our founding in 1988, clients have relied on us for practical and realistic strategies to resolve legal issues quickly and effectively, both in and out of the courthouse.
Conn Kavanaugh attorneys hold leadership positions in many community and bar organizations, publish articles and speak at continuing legal education seminars. The Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts appointed one of our founding partners to the Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers (BBO), the official body that investigates and evaluates complaints against lawyers. Several other firm attorneys are hearing officers for the BBO.
Pro Bono Services
Our attorneys provide pro bono legal services in collaboration with a number of nonprofit organizations, including the Legal Food Hub, Massachusetts Advocates for Children, the Women's Bar Foundation, the Victim Rights Law Center, Volunteer Lawyers Project, Health Law Advocates and Discovering Justice.
2015: Conn Kavanaugh has received a First Tier ranking in Boston for Employment Litigation by U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” for 2015.
2014: The publishers of Boston Magazine selected 16 Conn Kavanaugh attorneys as Massachusetts Super Lawyers. The publication also placed members of our team on its lists of Top 100 Massachusetts Lawyers, Top 100 New England Lawyers, Top 50 Massachusetts Women Lawyers, Top 50 New England Women Lawyers, and Massachusetts Rising Stars.
2014: The American Bar Association's Tort Trial & Insurance Section honored one of our partners with the Edmund S. Muskie Pro Bono Service Award.
2013: Law & Politics selected 12 Conn Kavanaugh attorneys as Massachusetts Super Lawyers. The publication also placed members of our team on its lists of Top 100 Massachusetts Lawyers, Top 50 Massachusetts Women Lawyers, and Massachusetts Rising Stars.
2013: The Massachusetts Defense Lawyers Association (MDLA) honored one of our partners with the Defense Lawyer of the Year award.
Why Choose Conn Kavanaugh
Boston is home to dozens of excellent law firms. Why should you turn to Conn Kavanaugh for assistance with your legal needs?
Conn Kavanaugh offers a level of accessibility and responsive, attentive service that larger firms cannot match. Maintaining close contact and open communication with clients really matters here. We believe in listening to clients and advising them in specific terms to solve their legal challenges. And we aim to develop an ongoing relationship of trust and confidence with clients, becoming part of their team.
We deliver many of the benefits you might associate with a larger firm — for example, breadth and depth of expertise. Each of our attorneys focuses on a select number of practice areas. Collectively, they give our firm the highly specialized expertise necessary to address wide-ranging client needs.
Our business attorneys have decades of experience negotiating deals for acquiring and selling companies through mergers, consolidations and asset and stock transactions. We are strong advocates and skilled negotiators. In addition, we bring considerable value to our clients in getting deals done efficiently and effectively while never losing sight of the importance of identifying and managing risk.
The Conn Kavanaugh team includes seasoned former prosecutors and a strong, deep bench of attorneys with civil and criminal trial experience, which equips us to solve complex litigation cases for clients. Some of our attorneys are fellows in the American College of Trial Lawyers, the nation's premier professional trial organization.
One reason so many of our clients choose us is that we staff our cases leanly and charge reasonable fees. In addition, we provide practical and realistic strategies to resolve legal issues quickly and effectively, within budgetary constraints.
Please call us today at 617.482.8200 to learn more about what sets Conn Kavanaugh apart.
Whether you are the owner, design professional, general contractor, project administrator, subcontractor, or supplier on a construction project, our Construction practice will assist you in achieving a successful project outcome.
Our Corporate/Transactional practice has a broad range of skills. This versatility allows them to remain a principal point of contact with our business clients and to move freely across multiple disciplines to ensure continuity of representation.
Our experienced Family Law/Probate Litigation attorneys work zealously to ensure rightful asset distributions in these emotionally charged proceedings. Our group handles a wide range of areas including prenuptial agreements, custody disputes, and post-divorce support or estate modifications.
Our decades of work in the food and beverage industry, including alcohol regulatory and distribution, have permitted us to gain expertise and insight into the typically fast paced and challenging world of our clients engaged in the food and beverage industry.
Our lawyers work with our insurance industry clients in a variety of ways. We represent their insureds in virtually every type of lawsuit for which insurance coverage is available. We represent insurance companies directly in bad faith actions, and in high-exposure losses or losses that present unusual or challenging coverage issues.
Staffing companies and Professional Employer Organizations (PEOs) are playing an increasingly important role in many aspects of human resource management, as employers are relying more and more on staffing companies and PEOs for payroll and employee benefit administration, risk management, and other increasingly complex administrative burdens.
Erin represents lawyers and insurance agents and brokers in defending against professional liability claims. Erin also handles product liability, business litigation and insurance coverage matters.
Erin has been named a “Massachusetts Super Lawyer” by the publishers of Boston Magazine every year since the designation was created in 2004 and has been named a "Top 100 Lawyer in Massachusetts" in 2015, 2016 and 2017. Finally, Erin has been listed as a "Best Lawyer in America" for the New England area in every year since 2016.
Outside of the firm, Erin is a member of the Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers. She also is serving a one-year term as President of the Professional Liability Defense Federation, and is a member of the International Association of Defense Counsel, the Defense Research Institute, and the Litigation Counsel of America. In September 2018, she was elected to the Boston Bar Association Council for a three-year term and was appointed to a two-year term as Co-Chair of the Boston Bar Association Amicus Committee.
Erin co-chairs the firm’s Professional Liability Practice Group. She also co-chairs the firm’s Pro Bono Committee, and serves as the firm's Risk Management partner.
Edmund S. Muskie Pro Bono Award, ABA Tort Trial & Ins. Practices Section (2014)
Top Women in the Law Honoree by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (2012)
Victim Rights Law Center Shining Star Award for pro bono work (2009)
Selected as Massachusetts Super Lawyer by Law & Politics and the publishers of Boston Magazine (2004-2017)
Selected as Top 50 Women Lawyers in Massachusetts by Law & Politics and the publishers of Boston Magazine (2006-2017)
Top Women of Law 2018 Circle of Excellence Honoree, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (2018)
Successfully moved to dismiss legal malpractice complaint on grounds that plaintiff had not sufficiently alleged conflict of interest or damages. Decision affirmed by Massachusetts’s Supreme Judicial Court.
Obtained summary judgment for insurance company in rescission action filed in New Jersey Superior Court, defeating claim that allegedly innocent co-insureds should retain coverage.
Obtained summary judgment for manufacturer of hot tub spa in product liability action filed in Connecticut federal district court, on grounds that disclosed expert testimony was insufficient to establish that alleged defect made the product unreasonably dangerous, or was the cause of injury.
Represented law firm in establishing intra-firm privilege, in first-in-the-nation decision from state’s highest court.
Successfully moved to dismiss legal malpractice complaint on grounds that plaintiff could not demonstrate existence of attorney-client relationship as a matter of law.
Successfully moved to dismiss legal malpractice complaint on claims-splitting grounds.
Obtained defense verdict for electrical subcontractor following three-week jury trial of negligence claims brought by two injured tunnel workers.
Obtained defense verdict for hotel company following 8-day jury trial of age discrimination claim.
Obtained summary judgment for insurance company in declaratory judgment action involving a $3 million arbitration award.
Obtained summary judgment in favor of a Pennsylvania insurance agency on claims presenting an exposure of nine million dollars.
Represented a distributor seeking to prevent the termination of his distributorship agreement and the likely loss of his business. Following a five-day evidentiary hearing in federal court, obtained a preliminary injunction which allowed the distributor to continue marketing and selling the licensed products in his exclusive territory,
Represented a municipality in a four-day evidentiary hearing before the Department of Telecommunications and Energy, seeking a determination as to the proper interpretation of an inter-municipal agreement regarding sewage treatment and transport. Following the hearing, the DTE issued a 51-page opinion in favor of the firm's client.
Professional Affiliation and Activities
Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers, Member
Professional Liability Defense Federation, President and Board Member
Massachusetts Defense Lawyers Association, Board Member
Women's Bar Foundation of Massachusetts, Board Member and Former President
Litigation Counsel of America, Fellow
Supreme Judicial Court Standing Committee on Pro Bono Legal Services, Member (2008-2017)
Supreme Judicial Court Standing Advisory Committee on the Rules of Professional Conduct, Member (2009-2015)
Boston Bar Association Business Litigation Section, Steering Committee Member (2015-2017)
International Association of Defense Counsel, Member
Defense Research Institute, Member
Women's Bar Association, Member
American Bar Association Civil Litigation Section, Member
Boston Bar Association Council, Member (2018-2021)
Boston Bar Association Amicus Committee, Co-Chair (2018-2020)