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Moriarty, Shay and Associates is an A/V-rated insurance defense firm concentrating exclusively in workers’ compensation law. The firm provides specialized, comprehensive, and experienced legal representation and advice to national, regional, and Massachusetts insurers, self-insurers, third party administrators, and self-insurance groups.


Edward M. Moriarty, JR.

EDWARD M. MORIARTY, JR.: born Cambridge, Massachusetts, February 12, 1953; admitted to bar, 1979, Massachusetts and U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts.
Education: Northeastern University (BA, Magna Cum Laude; Phi Kappa Phi; Pi Sigma Alpha, Department Honors, 1976); Temple University (JD, 1979), Executive Editor of The Jurist, 1978-1979, Author: "Prosecuting the System: An Interview with F. Lee Bailey," 16 Criminal Law Bulletin 1, 1980.

Member: Massachusetts Bar Association; Massachusetts Bar Association Workers’ Compensation Committee; MBA WC Subcommittee re Treatment of Chronic Pain; Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys; Massachusetts Defense Lawyers Association; Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health; Defense Research Institute; American Bar Association; Council on Litigation Management; CLM Workers’ Compensation Committee and Subcommittee co-chair of Continuing Professional Education. 

Work Highlights: Frequent lecturer at legal education and workers’ compensation insurance seminars, including: “Effective Cross-Examination of an Employee at a Workers’ Compensation Hearing; Mass Continuing Legal Education, February, 2010; “Massachusetts Workers’ Compensation Practice and Procedure,” One Beacon Insurance Co. June, 2010; “Massachusetts Workers’ Compensation Practice and Procedure,” Sterling Education Services, October, 2010; “Massachusetts Workers Compensation Underwriting Opportunities,” Crum & Forster, October, 2010; Insurer Defense Notes on Chronic Pain Treatment Guidelines, 13th Annual Workers’ Compensation Law Conference 2012, MCLE, November, 2012; Massachusetts Workers’ Compensation Practice: The Basics and Advanced Adjusting Strategy and Practices, Chubb Group of Insurance Companies, March, 2013; “Developments in Mass Workers’ Compensation Law,” Crum & Forster, May 2013; Defending Chronic Pain Claims, per Mass Treatment Guideline 27” June 2013, Acadia Insurance Co.; Insurer Perspective on DIA Ligation re Medical Opinions under Daubert-Lanigan Canavan Patterson, 14th Annual Workers’ Compensation Law Conference 2013, MCLE, November 2013; and Faculty member and panel participant re upper and lower extremity medico-legal issues for Work Related Injuries Workshop, March 2014. Salem Opioid Prevention Coalition; Learn to Cope, Salem, MA 

Publications: Workers’ Compensation and Circumstance Seminar 10-2015; Medical Marijuana and Workers’ Compensation 2-2016

Ratings: A/V Martindale Hubbell 2014 and Martindale Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers 2014. Boston’s Top Rated Lawyers, 2013.  

Public and Bar Service: Attorney Moriarty is a lifetime member of the Massachusetts Bar Foundation and regularly sits on its Annual Northeast Region Committee for distribution of MBF funds to Massachusetts non-profit legal organizations. Attorney Moriarty is a former member of the Salem, Massachusetts Zoning Board of Appeals, 2003-2006, where he authored decisions granting and denying special permit and variance requests and adjudicating appeals of Building Commissioner rulings. Attorney Moriarty is a volunteer at and major charitable donor to the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Salem, Salem, MA, and was a National Boys and Girls Club Jeremiah Milbank Society Distinguished Donor 2009 and 2013. Attorney Moriarty is a member of the new Salem Community Preservation Committee, July 2013 to date, assisting Salem in identifying, qualifying and funding community projects promoting open space, public housing, historic preservation and recreation. Attorney Moriarty is also an active member of the Salem Opioid Prevention Coalition.

David G. Shay

DAVID G. SHAY: born Melrose, Massachusetts, May 28, 1956; admitted to bar, 1989, Massachusetts; admitted U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts, 1991; admitted U.S. Supreme Court, 1993.
Education: University of Maryland (AA, 1977); Suffolk University (BS, Criminal Justice, Cum Laude, 1979); Northeastern University (MS, Criminal Justice, 1983); Suffolk University Law School (JD, 1989).
Member: Massachusetts Bar Association.
Military Service: U.S. Army, 1974-1977.


James L. O'Brien

JAMES L. O'BRIEN: (1949 – 2003) born Stoneham, Massachusetts, August 8, 1949; admitted to bar, 1979, Massachusetts; deceased December 13, 2003.
Education: University of Massachusetts, Amherst (BA, 1972, MS, Labor Relations, 1975); Suffolk University Law School (JD, 1979).
Member: Boston, Massachusetts, Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys and American Bar Association.   


Joseph R. Conte

JOSEPH R. CONTE: born Worcester, Massachusetts, June 9, 1962; admitted to bar, 1995, Massachusetts; admitted U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts, 1995 and 2015. Admitted to Connecticut bar, 2015.

Education: College of the Holy Cross (B.A., 1985); Southern New England School of Law (JD, 1993).

Member: Worcester County Bar Association and Connecticut Bar Association.

Work Highlights: Staff Assistant to U.S. Congress, 1985-1987; Staff Assistant and Counsel to State Senate, 1987-1996; Counsel, Department of Revenue Office of Child Support Enforcement, 1996-1997; Counsel, Eastern Casualty Insurance Company, 1997-2002; Assistant City Solicitor, City of Worcester, 2002-2003; Counsel, Kemper Insurance Companies; Moriarty & Associates, 2003 to date. 
Joseph R. Conte

Thomas F. Finn

THOMAS F. FINN: born Medford, Massachusetts, May 19, 1963; admitted to bar, 1989, Massachusetts and U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts.
Education: Suffolk University (BS, Political Science, Cum Laude, 1985); Suffolk University Law School (JD, Cum Laude, 1988).
Member: Massachusetts Bar Association.

Military: U.S. Army, 1990-1996; U.S. Army Reserves, 1996-Present.

Work Highlights: Seven years active duty U.S. Army, serving as Labor Counselor, Fort Bragg, North Carolina; Trial Defense Service with the 82nd Airborne Division; and Chief of Administrative and Civil Law; Persian Gulf, Desert Shield and Desert Storm as Chief, Claims, XVIII Airborne Corps and as a criminal defense attorney with the Trial Defense Service; active with the U.S. Army Reserves, Lieutenant Colonel. Workers' Compensation Trust Fund with the Department of Industrial Accidents in 1995.


Paul T. Fisher

PAUL T. FISHER: (1946 – 2004) born Winthrop, Massachusetts, May 20, 1946, admitted to bar, 1982, Massachusetts.
Education: Boston State College (BS Ed. 1968); Boston State College (M. Ed., 1973); Suffolk University Law School (JD 1982).
Member: Massachusetts Bar Association and Lynn Bar Association.

Of Counsel

W. Todd Huston

W. TODD HUSTON: Born Philadelphia PA, 1964.

Education: College of the Holy Cross (B.A. Philosophy 1986) Suffolk University Law School (J.D. Cum Laude, 1994) 

Admissions: Massachusetts Bar 1994; United States District Court 1996; First Circuit Court of Appeals 2004; U.S. Supreme Court 2004. 

Member: Worcester Bar Association and Massachusetts Bar Association.

Thomas G. Cotter

THOMAS G. COTTER: Born Bridgeport, Connecticut, May 5, 1956; Married, 6 children, Stratford resident. 
Education: Nichols College (BS, 1978); University of Bridgeport (JD, 1982), University of Arizona Workers Compensation College (1986), International Workers Compensation College, College of Charlotte (1998). 
Professional Memberships: Admitted to bar 1984, Connecticut and U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut; U.S. Supreme Court, 1988; Bridgeport Bar Association (Former Co-Chairman of Rules and Procedures Committee); Milford/Ansonia, Connecticut and American Bar Associations; State of Connecticut Workers' Compensation Commissioner appointed by Governor John G. Rowland, 1996 - 1997; State of Connecticut Attorney Trial Referee, 1997 - present; State of Connecticut Factfinder/Arbitrator appointed by Chief Justice Robert Callahan and Chief Administrative Judge Aaron Ment; 1997 - present; Member Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association; Member Connecticut Defense Lawyers Association; Member Association Trial Lawyers of America.
Civic Appointments: Stratford Employees Disability Review Board 2006; Chairman & Commissioner Town of Stratford Zoning Commission, 1990 - 1995; Commissioner of the Stratford Board of Education 1997- 2001; Stratford Zoning Board of Appeals Alternate Commissioner; Assistant Town Attorney, Town of Stratford, 2000 – 2005

Gregory M. Iudice

GREGORY M. IUDICE: born Melrose, MA, 1975; admitted Massachusetts bar 2002.

Education: Fordham University (B.A., 1997); Suffolk University Law School (J.D. Cum Laude, 2002) 

Member: Massachusetts Bar.
Gregory M. Iudice

Christopher L. Maclachlan

CHRISTOPHER L. MACLACHLAN: born Erie, Pennsylvania, August 12, 1955; admitted to bar, 1987, Massachusetts and U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts.

Education: Amherst College (BA, 1977, Cum Laude); Suffolk University Law School (JD, 1987).

Member: Massachusetts Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

Work Highlights: Counsel to the Reviewing Board, Massachusetts Department of Industrial Accidents, 1995-2012; Presenter at administrative judges’ trainings, 2005-2012. Chaired Massachusetts Bar Association Subcommittee on Workers’ Compensation Regulations, 2006-2007, which proposed changes to 452 C.M.R. 1.00, “Adjudicatory Rules,” effective 2008.
Private Counsel Division, Committee for Public Counsel Services Appellate Panel, 2002-present, Commonwealth v. Narcisse, 457 Mass. 1 (2010); Commonwealth v. Mubdi, 456 Mass. 385 (2010).
Christopher L. Maclachlan

Ellen Harrington Sullivan

ELLEN HARRINGTON SULLIVAN: born Springfield, Massachusetts, December 30, 1942, admitted to bar, 1996, Massachusetts and U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts; 2008, New Hampshire.
Education: Emmanuel College (BA 1964, National Honor Historical Society); Massachusetts School of Law (JD, 1996, Judicial Internship Selection).
Member: Massachusetts Bar Association, American Bar Association.

Diane Cole Laine

DIANE COLE LAINE: born Boston, Massachusetts, January 12, 1954; admitted to bar, 1980, Massachusetts; admitted U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts, 1981; admitted U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit, 1981.

Education: Clark University (B.A. 1976); Suffolk University Law School (J.D., cum laude, 1980)

Member: Massachusetts Bar Association 

Civic Appointments: Newton Human Services Advisory Committee 199-2010

Work Highlights: Senior Trial Counsel, American International Group 2005-2014; Trial Counsel, Harleysville Insurance Company, 1999-2005; Staff Counsel, Travelers Insurance Company 1989-1994

Daniel W. Gracey

DANIEL W. GRACEY: (OF COUNSEL; 13 YEARS EXPERIENCE): admitted Massachusetts Bar, 2003; admitted New York bar, 2011; Vermont admission pending 

Education: University of Miami (B.A. 2000); University of Miami School of Law (J.D., 2003); University of Miami School of Business Administration (M.B.A. expected 2017)

Work Highlights: Associate: Moriarty, Shay, and Associates 2005-2008; Staff Attorney: Special Funds Conservation Committee 2008-2011; Senior Staff Attorney: The Hartford Financial Services Group Inc. 2011-2016; Of Counsel: Moriarty, Shay, and Associates 2016-present.
Joseph R. Conte

Catherine M. Doherty

CATHERINE M. DOHERTY: born Boston, Massachusetts, admitted to the Massachusetts Bar 1985.

Education: University of Massachusetts, Boston (B A, French cum laude). Suffolk University Law School, Am Jur Award Winner “Choice of Law in Airline Disaster Litigation.”

Member: Massachusetts Bar Association, Workers’ Compensation Section Council Education Committee, 

Work Highlights: Senior Trial Counsel, American International Group, 2005-2007, Defense Counsel Royal and Sunalliance (2000-2003). Litigation Associate Liberty Mutual Insurance Company (1986-2000).

Volunteer Highlights:
  • Salem Cyberspace, Salem, MA. 2008
  • English Language Facilitator/ Mock Trial Instructor
  • Taught English to first generation, non-English speaking high school students in conjunction with development of, and successful presentation of a Mock Trial in Salem Superior Court. Facilitated an appreciation and understanding of the American legal system. 
  • Workers’ Compensation Planning Committee, Boston MA. 2011
  • Collaborated with other volunteers to promote one hundred years of state based Workers’ Compensation.
  • Marblehead-Grasse Sister City Partnership, Marblehead, MA. 2009-2011
  • Partnered with local and international government officials to promote the objectives of a successful cultural, historical, and educational exchange. Procured grant funding to promote goals of the partnership in compliance with local and state regulations.

Representative Clients

ABF Freight; Acadia Insurance Company; AIM Mutual Insurance Co.; American Compensation Insurance Company; American International Group of Insurance Companies; AON Risk Services; Armor Risk Management: Bedivere Insurance Company: Broadspire; CNA Insurance Company; Cannon Cochran Management Services, Inc.; CCMSI; Chubb & Son Group of Insurance Companies; Consumer Value Stores, Inc.; Continental Indemnity Company; Crawford & Company Risk Management Services; Crum & Forester; CNA Claims Plus; Employers Mutual Insurance Company; FutureComp; GAB Robins; Gallagher Bassett Services; Great West Casualty; Guard Insurance Group; The Hanover Group of Insurance Companies; Helmsman Management Services, Inc.; HVAC Compensation Corporation; Innovative Risk Management, Inc.; JC Penney; Kohl’s Department Stores; Lewis Tree Services; Liberty Mutual Insurance Company; Lumber Insurance Group; Lumbermen’s Underwriters Alliance; Massachusetts Auto Industries Self-Insurance Group; Massachusetts Electronics Industries Self-Insurance Group; Massachusetts Interlocal Insurance Association; Merchants Insurance Group; Mitsui Sumitomo Marine Management; O’Connor Constructors; Old Republic Insurance; One Beacon Insurance; Princeton Insurance Company; RTW, Inc.; Red Cross Blood Donor Services, Northeast Region; The Rawlings Company; Reliance National Insurance Company; Risk Enterprise Management; Ryder Claims Services Corporation; St. Paul Fire & Marine Insurance Company; Sedgwick Claims Management Services; Sentry Group of Insurance Companies; Shaw's Supermarkets; Shell Oil; The Hartford Insurance; The Midlands company; TJX Companies; Worcester Insurance Co.; York Insurance Services Group; Zurich North America.   


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