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Dacier’s Take on. . . One Size Fits All Trial Court

Landmark court reform legislation in 2011 left intact Massachusetts’ seven trial court departments. The Trial Court structure as we know it today reflects both the significant differences among specific types of cases, and maximizes the unique talents of our judges. Some departments handle high volume matters of relatively short duration and others handle lower volume but more complicated cases.

Thanks to that legislation — developed by House Speaker Robert DeLeo in collaboration with Chief JusticeRoderick Ireland of the Supreme Judicial Court — Massachusetts now has a professional court administrator, Harry Spence, who is an expert in managing organizational change, and Paula Carey, Chief Justice of the Trial Court, who continues to emphasize efficiency and innovation in the administration of justice.  After meeting with the department chiefs of the Massachusetts Trial Court, it’s clear that we’ve embarked on a new chapter for the Trial Court.

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  • ERISA Committee
    This committee focuses on tax and labor law relating to qualified and non-qualified employee retirement and welfare benefit plans and executive compensation. Its monthly meetings deal with a range of topics, including benefits and compensation planning techniques and plan design; emerging issues; and federal and state statutory and regulatory changes affecting benefit plans.

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    Christian A. Giorgi

    Putnam Investments

    Amy Sheridan

    Sullivan & Worcester LLP

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  • Federal Tax and Business Transactions Committee
    This committee addresses a range of federal taxation issues, including issues relating to corporate mergers and acquisitions, corporate spin-offs and split-ups, business formations, structuring debt and equity investments, tax-favored investment vehicles (e.g. RICs, REMICs, FASITs and REITs) and other business transactions.

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    Christopher McLoon

    Verrill Dana LLP - ME

    (207) 253-4536

    Patrick J Hannon

    Sugarman, Rogers, Barshak & Cohen, P.C.

    (617) 227-3030

  • International Tax Committee
    This committee covers international taxation issues. Treasury and IRS officials periodically are invited to address the committee.

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    Michael Charles Fondo

    Audax Management Company, LLC

    (617) 859-1519

    Laura Thompson

    KPMG, LLP

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    Jason M. Zorfas

    Ernst & Young LLP

    (617) 585-3554

    Scott M. Susko

    McDermott Will & Emery

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