Lawyers Journal

50-Year Member: Spotlights

Burton Chandler

Only four lawyers from Massachusetts have been listed in the Best Lawyers in America across three categories. Burton Chandler holds that distinction for business litigation, corporate law and construction law.
In his 50-year career, Chandler has been lead counsel in a number of high-profile cases, including the first case brought to trial in Worcester that affirmed police brutality had taken place against African-Americans. He also successfully argued before the Supreme Judicial Court, convincing the justices to declare that a child could not be disinherited, and he represented a local bank's right to collect overdue business loans from the subsidiaries of the corporation in question.
A principal with Seder & Chandler LLP of Worcester, Chandler is the chairman of the Pre-Paid Legal Insurance Committee of the Massachusetts Bar Association. He holds membership in the Massachusetts and federal bar and is licensed to practice in the U.S. Tax Court, the First Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court. He has been a teacher at Anna Maria College and has lectured before the Massachusetts Bar and Worcester County Bar Association committees.
Chandler holds a B.A. from Harvard College and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

Charles W. Barrett Jr.

For more than 20 years, Charles W. Barrett Jr. has been the recipient of the prestigious A.V. rating from the Best  Lawyers in America. Since 1959, Barrett has practiced continuously as a partner in the law firm of Esdaille, Barrett & Esdaille in Boston, which has focused on civil litigation matters, including personal injury law, medical malpractice and product liability.
Barrett has been an instructor in law at the Boston University School of Law and has participated in the Voluntary Defender Program. He has written and lectured extensively on issues related to trial practice and civil litigation and has testified as an expert witness on those topics. He is a member of the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Lawyers, and the Massachusetts, Boston, Middlesex bar associations. For the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Barrett has been treasurer of the Massachusetts chapter, a member of the board of directors, and its president.
A native of Malden, Barrett earned an A.B. degree from Dartmouth College and an LL.B. degree from the Boston University School of Law.

George G. Burke

Founder and senior partner of the Law Offices of George G. Burke in Quincy, George G. Burke has had an illustrious career as a state representative, district attorney, acting mayor and city council president. During his tenure as Norfolk County district attorney, Burke established pioneering drug education programs in Massachusetts schools and received numerous awards for his work in fighting crime and drug abuse.
Burke was past president of the Massachusetts Attorney Generals Association and is a member of the Quincy, Norfolk County and Massachusetts bar associations and is licensed to practice before the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court and the U.S. Supreme Court.
With a record of community service, Burke has received numerous awards, including the Distinguished Legislative Service Award, the University of Massachusetts Distinguished Service Award and the Quincy-Sun Citizen of the Year Award.
He holds an A.B. degree in political science from the University of Massachusetts, where he has been actively involved. Burke has a J.D. degree from Boston College School of Law and an honorary doctorate of laws from the University of Massachusetts.

Martin L. Aronson

Named a "Super Lawyer" by Boston magazine and holding an A.V. rating from the Martindale Hubbell Law Dictionary, Martin L. Aronson has more than 40 years of experience in the areas of tort litigation and domestic relations.
Since 1974, Aronson has been an adjunct professor of law at Boston College Law School, where he has taught classes in dispute resolution and trial practice. He has been a guest instructor for the Harvard Law School's Trial Advocacy Program, a teaching participant in the Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education Program, and a guest lecturer at Northeastern University.

Prior to joining Boston-based Parker/Scheer LLP as a managing partner, Aronson served nearly 40 years as a principal with White, Inker, Aronson PC, also of Boston.

With memberships in the American, Massachusetts and Boston bar associations, Aronson is a graduate of Dartmouth College and has a J.D. from the Boston College School of Law. ?

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