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 is a civil trial lawyer. During her 27 years of practice, she has focused on representing lawyers, insurance agents and brokers, and other types of professionals in defending against errors and omissions claims. She also represents lawyers in disciplinary matters, having recently completed a four-year term on the Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers, and advises lawyers on ethics issues. Erin understands that for a professional, reputation is everything, and she will work towards a resolution that best protects that interest, whether that means an early and confidential settlement or a defense verdict from a jury. Erin speaks regularly on professional liability and ethics topics, and writes a regular column on ethics for Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly. Erin co-chairs the firm’s Professional Liability group, and also serves as the firm’s Risk Management Partner.
Erin also handles business litigation and insurance coverage matters, and defends manufacturers against product liability claims. She is an experienced appellate advocate, having argued before the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, the Massachusetts Appeals Court, and the United States Court of Appeal for the First Circuit.
Erin co-chairs the firm’s pro bono committee. In that role, she connects the firm’s lawyers with various opportunities to serve low-income clients, including those referred by the Women’s Bar Foundation, Veterans Legal Services, the Victim Rights Law Center, Massachusetts Advocates for Children, the New England Food Hub, and the Lawyers’ Clearinghouse. Erin lives in Arlington with her husband, also a lawyer, and multiple dogs. They are empty nesters, with their three children either in college or officially off the payroll, but they still manage occasional family trips and dinners (as long as they pick up the check).
Selected as Massachusetts Super Lawyer by Law & Politics and the publishers of Boston Magazine (2004-2018)
Selected as Top 100 Lawyers in Massachusetts by Law & Politics and the publishers of Boston Magazine (2015-2018)
Top Women of Law 2018 Circle of Excellence Honoree, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (2018)
Edmund S. Muskie Pro Bono Award, ABA Tort Trial & Ins. Practices Section (2014)
Victim Rights Law Center Shining Star Award for pro bono work (2009)
Successfully moved to dismiss legal malpractice complaint against global intellectual property firm on grounds that plaintiff had not sufficiently alleged conflict of interest. Decision affirmed by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, in first-in-the nation decision addressing subject matter conflicts in patent prosecution matters.
Successfully established that law firm’s internal communications regarding a client complaint were protected by the attorney-client privilege, in first-in-the-nation decision from the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.
Successfully moved to dismiss legal malpractice complaint on grounds that plaintiff had not sufficiently alleged an injury and therefore had no standing to pursue claims. Decision on appeal to the Massachusetts Appeals Court.
Successfully moved to dismiss legal malpractice complaint on claims-splitting grounds.
Successfully moved to dismiss legal malpractice complaint on grounds that beneficiary of will could not demonstrate existence of attorney-client relationship with testator’s attorney.
Obtained defense verdict for electrical subcontractor following three-week jury trial of negligence claims brought by two injured tunnel workers.
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.
Acted as local counsel for global tobacco products manufacturer in defending against multiple personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits.
Obtained dismissal of wrongful death action against tobacco products manufacturer on grounds that personal representative had waited too long to seek probate of estate.
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 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.
Trial and Appellate Experience
Obtained defense verdict for electrical subcontractor following 3-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.
Represented law firm in 3-week jury trial involving claim that former partner at law firm provided negligent advice concerning life insurance transaction. Case settled prior to entry of judgment.
Obtained injunction for distributor preventing the termination of his distributorship agreement and the likely loss of his business, following five-day evidentiary hearing in federal district court.
Obtained favorable decision for municipality following a four-day evidentiary hearing involving testimony from multiple experts as to impact of sewerage agreement as between two neighboring municipalities.
Have appeared for oral argument at the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, the Massachusetts Appeals Court, and the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.
Professional Affiliation and Activities
Boston Bar Association Council, Member (2018-2021)
Boston Bar Association Amicus Committee, Co-Chair (2018-2020)
Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers, Member (2014-2018); Chair, Rules Committee (2015-2018)
Professional Liability Defense Federation, President (2017-2018) and Board Member (2014-2019)
Litigation Counsel of America, Fellow
Massachusetts Defense Lawyers Association, Board Member
Women's Bar Foundation of Massachusetts, President (2008) and Board Member (2002-2019)
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
Speaker, "Ethical Issues in Estate Planning," MCLE Estate Planning Basics, October 22, 2019
Panelist, "Interupting Racial and Gender Bias in the Legal Profession," Professional Liability Defense Federation Annual Meeting, September 27, 2019
Panelist, MBA Complex Commercial Litigation Conference, "Recent Developments," April, 23, 2019