Member Spotlight

Issue February 2012


Massachusetts Bar Association President Richard P. Campbell, the founding shareholder of Campbell Trial Lawyers in Boston, was appointed in December to the University of Massachusetts Building Authority, which is responsible for generating funds to build facilities such as student dormitories, dining facilities and parking garages.

Gov. Deval Patrick, who named Campbell to the Building Authority, had appointed Campbell to the UMass Board of Trustees in September. Also, in January 2011, Campbell was named to UMass Boston's Board of Visitors, which advises the chancellor and university leadership on strategic issues, such as instruction and research, finance, facilities, philanthropy, student enrollment and retention, marketing, community engagement, and global development. UMass Boston's Board of Visitors has an additional advisory role in the university's strategic planning.

Campbell primarily represents national and international corporations in complex cases, including multi-district litigation, class actions, aviation, toxic tort and products liability disputes. He also represents clients in commercial disputes, including contests over the control of closely held corporations. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.


Best Lawyers, an independent legal ranking publication, named five partners at Peabody & Arnold LLP "lawyers of the year."

Harvey Weiner, chairman of Peabody & Arnold's Litigation Department was named the 2012 Boston Insurance Lawyer of the Year. Partner George A. Berman, who received the same designation in 2011, was named Boston Legal Malpractice Lawyer of the Year for 2012.

Weiner is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Massachusetts Bar Foundation (Brandeis Fellow) and a member of the Massachusetts IOLTA Committee. He is a past president of the Boston Inn of Court and the Massachusetts Associate of Town Counsel and City Solicitors. Berman is a past chairman of the Board of Bar Overseers.

Other Peabody & Arnold partners recognized were Allen N. David and Michael J. Stone for legal malpractice and Michael P. Duffy for insurance law.

Peabody & Arnold LLP was given a "First Tier" ranking in Massachusetts for its insurance and legal malpractice practices and was again nationally recognized in insurance law.

Peabody & Arnold has handled the defense of hundreds of legal malpractice cases and litigates insurance coverage issues all over the United States.


Scott J. Clifford, of Hanover-based Epstein, Lipsey & Clifford PC, has been named to the Board of Governors of the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys (MATA).

Clifford will assist in governing MATA, whose mission it is to preserve the American jury system, protect the health and safety of Massachusetts' families, improve the quality of legal representation through education, and educate the public about consumer issues.

"It is a privilege to serve on this prestigious board," he said. "The core of the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys is to uphold the honor and integrity of the legal profession, and it is an honor to serve on its Board of Governors."

A graduate of New England School of Law, he practices in the area of civil litigation, with a focus on construction and corporate litigation. He is a participating member in a number of organizations, including the MBA, Boston Bar Association, American Bar Association, Real Estate Bar Association and the Association of Trial Attorneys of America.