October 21, 2017

Firm Announcements

Fair Labor Standards Act Seminar on November 16

On November 16, beginning at 8:00AM at Dean College in the Campanella Board Room in the Campus Center, Attorney Michael Doherty, of Doherty, Ciechanowski, Dugan & Cannon, PC, will examine upcoming changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act regulation, which will go into effect on December 1, 2016.

The new regulations will have a significant impact on whether employees will be eligible to earn overtime pay or whether they will be considered “exempt”.  The Department of Labor has estimated that the upcoming changes will affect approximately 4.2 million employees across the country.

Program attendees will learn about the current status of the regulations, the factors governing whether an employee is considered exempt from overtime laws, how the current regulations will change on December 1, 2016, and what employers can do now to prepare for the changes.

To register, please call the Chamber office at 508-316-0861.

Attorney Steven Weil Certified to handle Category F Guardian ad Litem Appointments

On June 1, 2016, Attorney Steven Weil was certified by the Massachusetts Probate and Family Court to handle Category F Guardian ad Litem Appointments. He will accept appointments from the Probate and Family Court to conduct investigations  in cases involving the care and custody of children, as well as other matters relating to the interests or rights of children, including whether to allow the removal of a child from the Commonwealth, modifications of custody judgments, the existence of a de facto parent-child relationships, parental fitness, and paternity of a child.

Attorney Steven D. Weil Receives AV Preeminent Rating

We congratulate Steven D. Weil, Esq., on receiving a rating of AV Preeminent® from Martindale-Hubbell in the areas of civil litigation and family law. This rating is Martindale-Hubbell’s highest peer rating standard an attorney may achieve. It signifies that Attorney Weil’s reviewed peers rank him at the highest level of professional excellence for his legal knowledge, communication skills and ethical standards. Steven has practiced for 30 years and specializes in civil litigation and family law, representing individuals and businesses before the Massachusetts federal and state trial and appellate courts. Learn more about Attorney Steven Weil.

Attorney Craig A. Ciechanowski Completes Refinance Project

Attorney Craig A. Ciechanowski recently completed the refinance of a client’s single tenant, triple net property in Pasadena, Maryland in addition to the acquisition of a single tenant, triple net property in North Smithfield, Rhode Island.

We Welcome Attorney Melissa Treneer

February 2016 – Doherty, Ciechanowski, Dugan & Cannon, P.C. is pleased to announce that Melissa S. Treneer has joined our legal team and will concentrate her practice in the areas of real estate and business law. Prior to joining Doherty, Ciechanowski, Dugan & Cannon, P.C., Melissa was with Barry & Associates in Quincy where she oversaw the firm’s commercial lending practice group. Melissa received her law degree from Suffolk University School of Law and resides in North Attleborough. [read more about Melissa]

Attorney Weil certified by the American Academy for Certified Financial Litigators

December 2015 – Attorney Weil was certified as a Member of the American Academy for Certified Financial Litigators (AACFL) . The Massachusetts chapter of the AACFL is an organization of elite attorneys dedicated to excellence in the financial aspects of litigation. Membership indicates a significant commitment to the community by improving the efficiency of the court system through advanced financial education for attorneys. The organization strives to achieve greater efficiencies for their clients, effective financial strategies, and reductions in avoidable court time. The primary mission of the AACFL is to serve the public by establishing a community of lawyers committed to optimizing financial results for their clients.

Attorney Dugan co-authors “Guardianship and Conservatorship in Massachusetts”

On October 23, 2015, Attorney John Dugan chaired a full day seminar for lawyers on the subjects of guardianships and conservatorships, sponsored by Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, of Boston, Mass. Attorney Dugan is also the co-author of “Guardianship and Conservatorship in Massachusetts”,  a legal handbook for Massachusetts lawyers published by Thompson Reuters.

Attorney John Dugan Selected 2015 Massachusetts Super Lawyer

Attorney John Dugan has been selected as a 2015 Massachusetts Super Lawyer. Based on Thomson Reuters Super Lawyer’s nomination process, review of John’s experience, achievements, and credentials, as well as the evaluation of colleagues, John has earned the recognition of a 2015 Massachusetts Super Lawyer. Recognized as a top Massachusetts probate and estate planning practitioner, Attorney Dugan has been selected as a Super Lawyer each since 2006.

2015 National Elder Law Month Seminar Series

In recognition of May as National Elder Law Month, Attorneys John Dugan, Jennifer Taddeo and Melissa Howitt are presenting a series of seminars at local Councils on Aging to educate people about elder law. National Elder Law Month is sponsored by the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA). The seminars are designed by the Massachusetts Bar Association’s Probate Law Section in response to the growing legal needs of older adults, people with special needs, and their families. Topics include estate planning, how to protect your home and Medicaid and Medicare issues.

Seminars are scheduled for:
May 14, 2015, at 1 p.m., at the Stoughton Council on Aging – Attorney Melissa Howitt
May 26, 2015, at 6 p.m., at the Bellingham Senior Center—Attorney Jennifer Taddeo
May 27, 2015, at 1 p.m. at the Mendon Senior Center- Attorney Jennifer Taddeo
June 15, 2015, at 10:00 a.m., at Attleboro Council on Aging– Attorney John Dugan

Attorney Dugan appointed to Commission on Judicial Conduct

Trial Court Chief Justice Paula M. Bary recently announced the appointment of Attorney John Dugan as an alternate member to the Commission on Judicial Conduct, effective March 9. The term will expire on March 8, 2021.

The Commission on Judicial Conduct, established in 1978, investigates allegations of misconduct by state judges. Pursuant to G.L. c.211, three judges are appointed by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Judicial Court, three attorneys are appointed by the Chief Justice of the Trial Court and three lay persons are appointed by the governor to six year terms.

Dugan is a principal at the law firm of Doherty, Ciechanowski, Dugan & Cannon in Franklin. His practice includes a concentration in estate planning, fiduciary administration and probate/fiduciary litigation and he is a frequent lecturer on these topics. He is past MBA vice president and past chair of the MBA’s Probate Law Section Council. He is also past president of the Norfolk Bar Associate, the Western Norfolk Bar Association and former town moderator and vice chair of the Millis Charter Commission. Attorney Dugan is a graduate of Holy Cross and Suffolk University Law School.

Doherty Wins Supreme Judicial Court Decision

We congratulate attorney Michael Doherty for his victory in the Supreme Judicial Court case of  Rodman v. Rodman, where the court adopted Mr. Doherty’s position interpreting and clarifying the Alimony Reform Act. Read the entire SJC Rodman decision (opens PDF)

$21.5 million financing transaction

Attorneys Craig A. Ciechanowski and Paul A. Kolovos successfully completed a complex, $21.5 million financing transaction for a client involving 24 quick-serve franchise restaurants in multiple states.

Attorney John Dugan Named 2014 Super Lawyer

Attorney John Dugan has been selected as a 2014 Massachusetts Super Lawyer. Based on Thomson Reuters Super Lawyer’s nomination process, review of John’s experience, achievements, and credentials, as well as the evaluation of colleagues, John has earned the recognition of a 2014 Massachusetts Super Lawyer. Recognized as a top Massachusetts estate planning attorney, only five percent of Massachusetts attorneys are chosen each year.

Condo Zoning Provision – Franklin MA

Attorney Craig A. Ciechanowski successfully completed the permitting of a 55-unit luxury condominium project to be located in Franklin, Massachusetts under a recently adopted Franklin zoning provision.

Taddeo Returns to the Faculty of MCLE’s Basic Plus

Attorney Jennifer D. Taddeo has been asked to return to the faculty of MCLE’s Basics Plus: Estate Planning Basics course later this fall.  This two-day course is intended to familiarize attorneys new to the practice of law or new to this practice area with the essentials of estate planning.  This is Jennifer’s seventh year on faculty.

15th Annual Elder & Disability Law Conference

On Wednesday, May 21st, Attorneys Jennifer D. Taddeo and Melissa Howitt participated in the 15th Annual Elder & Disability Law Conference sponsored by Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (www.mcle.org).  Attorneys Taddeo and Howitt learned more about ways to help their clients qualify for MassHealth coverage when in nursing homes and in the community, and how their clients who have served in the military can qualify for additional benefits.  Please contact Attorneys Taddeo or Howitt for assistance in these or any of our practice areas.

Appeals Court Upholds Award of Frivolous Attorney’s Fees

The Massachusetts Appeals Court recently upheld an award of attorney’s fees and granted attorney’s fees for the appeal to a client in a case in which Attorney Steven Weil defended a property management company against a former tenant. Attorney Weil successfully defended the management company against claims brought by a former tenant who alleged that he developed severe respiratory problems due to the presence of mold and other conditions at his apartment. At the conclusion of the case, the trial court ordered the plaintiff and his attorneys to pay the management company a portion of its attorney’s fees because the claims were found to be frivolous under G.L. c. 231, s. 6F. The plaintiff’s attorneys appealed and the Appeals Court affirmed the attorney’s fee award and ordered a further award of appellate attorney’s fees against the plaintiff’s attorneys who appealed. The case is described in Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly.

Financing for Franchise Restaurant

Attorney Craig A. Ciechanowski successfully completed a complex financing transaction for a client involving a number of quick-serve franchise restaurants in multiple states.

Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council Forum

Attorney Michelle M. Raymond attended the 2014 Advanced Training Interdisciplinary Forum hosted by the Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council. She looks forward to applying the information and tools she learned with present and future collaborative clients.

Successful Permitting in Hopkinton, MA

Attorney Craig A. Ciechanowski successfully completed the permitting of a 127-unit congregate/independent living facility for seniors, with amenities including an on-site restaurant, theater, library and chapel, to be located in Hopkinton, Massachusetts as part of the Legacy Farms development.

Michael Doherty Named Boston’s Top Rated Lawyers

Congratulations to Michael P. Doherty, one of our Firm’s founders, for being named one of Boston’s Top Rated Lawyers in the “Legal Leaders” magazine  in the February 28, 2014 edition of the Boston Globe. Mr. Doherty earned this distinction by being voted by other attorneys in the area as meeting the highest rating, AV Preeminent, as established by the prestigious Martindale-Hubbell Company’s ratings of attorneys. ( Legal Leaders Profile – PDF )

Attorney Craig A. Ciechanowski Completes Lease For Medical Marijuana Facility in Massachusetts

Attorney Craig A. Ciechanowski recently completed a lease of property in Franklin, Massachusetts to be used for one of Massachusetts’ first facilities licensed for the cultivation, storage and distribution of medical marijuana pursuant to Chapter 369 of the Massachusetts Acts of 2012.

DCDC Names Attorney Michelle M. Raymond As Partner

Join us at DCDC in popping open the champagne to celebrate not only the New Year but also the naming of Attorney Michelle M. Raymond as partner and shareholder.

Attorney Michelle Raymond, as the head of the firm’s Domestic Relations Practice Group, will continue to focus her practice in mediation, collaborative law, and divorce litigation. She embodies the firm’s philosophy of providing clients with the highest quality of work at a reasonable cost.  All 12 attorneys at DCDC achieve this by focusing our attention and experience on each case at the outset, to resolve what can be resolved, and to find the fastest and most cost effective means to achieve our clients’ goals and objectives.  She will continue to work with the other departments at DCDC such as real estate, business, estate planning and administration, civil litigation, and employment to provide her clients with comprehensive representation.

Attorney Michelle RaymondAttorney Raymond assists her clients through their difficult legal and personal times with an emphasis on the prevention of future crisis situations. She provides mediation and litigation services for all family-related disputes, including, but not limited to: divorce, post-divorce, paternity, separation, estate or guardianship, and non-traditional family issues. In addition, she works with families in the areas of adoption and parent coordination.  Ms. Raymond works with a team of professionals to guide her clients through the often stressful and overwhelming decisions involved in the area of family law.   In addition to the legal aspects of family law, she focuses on helping her clients maintain and regain control over the decisions that affect their lives, integrity, and confidence all in a confidential setting.

Ms. Raymond is a trained and experienced mediator who has helped clients mediate family and other disputes since 2000. Her mediation services offer a cost-effective alternative for family, probate, civil, and business disputes, and provide parties with more control over the process.  Ms. Raymond also practices collaborative law in divorce & family matters. Collaborative law is an alternative dispute resolution process in which both parties and counsel contract to negotiate without court involvement.  It provides clients with the assurance of having legal counsel involved throughout the process with the added advantage of having financial and child/divorce coaches directly involved.

Attorney Raymond is a cum laude graduate of the Boston University School of Law and a magna cum laude graduate of the University of South Florida. She received Boston University School of Law’s Honorable Albert P. Pettoruto Memorial Award in 1998 for excellence in family law.  She was a Guardian ad Litem in Florida and a finalist for “Outstanding Guardian ad Litem Award” in 1995.

Ms. Raymond is active in her community and schools, serving on parent/teacher boards, and previously serving as a North Attleborough Town Meeting Representative, as Co-Chairman of the North Attleborough Town Meeting Coordinating Committee, and as a member of the Rotary Club of North Attleboro/Plainville. She is currently a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association, Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation, and Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council.  Attorney Raymond is past Chairperson of the Women’s Success Network which celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2010.  She is a current member of the My Wealth Management Team.

Attorney Raymond has presented seminars along with other professionals and judges for MetroWest Legal Services, Women’s Success Network, HarborOne U, Massachusetts Department of Family and Children, and other community organizations on divorce options, alimony law updates, mediation, the professional team approach, including the program “What Every Woman Should Know About the Law™” for parents, grandparents and fathers.  She firmly believes in the team approach of assisting clients through crisis situations.  She also understands how legal and financial professionals can support clients by preventing future legal problems through education and preparing for the unexpected.

Attorney Raymond may be reached at mmr@dcdclaw.com or (508) 541-3000.  To learn more about DCDC which is located at 124 Grove Street, Ste. 220, Franklin, MA go to our website at www.dcdclaw.com.

Annual New England Estate Planning Conference

On Friday, January 10, 2014, Attorneys John Dugan, Jennifer Taddeo and Melissa Howitt will be participating in the 15th Annual New England Estate Planning Conference at Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (MCLE).  The conference features a keynote address from Professor Jeffrey Pennell discussing recent developments in estate planning, and an afternoon of breakout sessions on various current issues that impact our clients.

We Welcome Attorney Paul Kolovos

Doherty, Ciechanowski, Dugan & Cannon, P.C. is pleased to announce that Paul Kolovos has joined our legal team and will concentrate his practice in the areas of business and real estate law. Prior to joining Doherty, Ciechanowski, Dugan & Cannon, P.C. Paul was a Tax Associate with KPMG in Boston where he worked with the Federal Tax and Tax Controversy groups. Paul received his law degree from Suffolk University School of Law. [read more about Paul]

Divorce Basics Training Seminar

On June 10th and June 13th, Attorneys Steven Weil and Michelle Raymond will serve as panel members in a Divorce Basics training seminar sponsored by Metro West Legal Services. The program is a three-evening seminar designed to give attorneys the fundamental skills they need to effectively represent divorce clients. The trainers include several Norfolk County Probate Court Judges, Norfolk County Court personnel and experienced divorce attorneys who regularly appear before the Norfolk County Probate and Family Court.

Attorney Steven Weil completed conciliation program

On Friday, April 26, 2013, Attorney Steven Weil completed an 8-hour conciliation training program sponsored by the Massachusetts Bar Association. The program certifies experienced family law practitioners as conciliators to be placed on the Probate and Family Courts’ list of trained conciliators. Conciliation is a form of alternative dispute resolution which assists parties in settling their cases with the help of a skilled practitioner who works closely with the parties to identify their legal issues and negotiate fair and reasonable agreements. Attorney Weil will serve on a panel of conciliators participating in the new Norfolk County Probate and Family Court Conciliation Program.

New independent living facility for seniors in Franklin, MA

Attorney Craig A. Ciechanowski successfully completed the permitting of a 140-unit congregate/independent living facility for senior, with amenities including an on-site restaurant, theater, library and chapel, to be located in Franklin, Massachusetts.

Attorney Steven Weil at Norfolk Probate & Family Court

Attorney Steven Weil will be serving as Lawyer for the Day at Norfolk Probate & Family Court on March 18, 2013. The Lawyer for the Day Program has an attorney who volunteers and delivers services on their scheduled day, and assists the public who arrive in court that day on any matter that may be heard in the Probate and Family Court.

Permitting of a mixed-use commercial development in Franklin, Massachusetts

August 2012

Attorney Craig Ciechanowski successfully completed the permitting of a mixed-use commercial development in Franklin, Massachusetts, including a 2,500 square foot Taco Bell restaurant and 6,000 square feet of retail/office space.