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Maria Walsh

Maria C. Walsh, Esq.

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Roxanne Zinkowitz
T: 617-228-9124
F: 617-228-0222
One Beacon Street , Suite 2210 , Boston , MA 02108-3106
Maria C. Walsh, Esq. has experience as an administrative judge, litigator, corporate executive, and non-profit volunteer that provides a breadth of perspective that contributes to her successful resolution of complex disputes. Since joining JAMS in 2000, Ms. Walsh has successfully resolved commercial, construction, employment, financial services, intellectual property, insurance, real estate, property damage, franchise, personal injury, malpractice, and tort disputes. She is a member of the Massachusetts Trial Court panel of Masters, Receivers, and Arbitrators.

Representative Matters

  • Commercial: stock valuation, fiduciary duty claims, dissolution of close corporations, freeze outs of minority shareholders, diversion of business opportunities, interference with advantageous relations, contract claims, pricing disputes, derivative stockholder actions, consumer class actions, purchase/sale of business negotiations
  • Construction: design and build defects, contract breach, insurance coverage, change order disputes
  • Employment: discrimination based on age, gender, race, disability, national origin, religion, sexual harassment, employment contract claims, civil rights claims, non-compete agreements, trade secret and proprietary information obligations, severance claims, stock option issues, health and other benefits, class wage claims, whistle-blowing, conversion of corporate opportunity, FMLA, equal protection claims, pension disputes, labor-management disputes
  • Franchise: breach of contract, territory, add point, audit disputes, predatory practices
  • Insurance: disputes between primary and excess carriers, reinsurance claims, unfair settlement practice claims, environmental claims, coverage disputes, liens
  • Intellectual Property: trade secrets, trademark, copyright, licensing and distribution disputes, derivative work disputes, royalty claims
  • Malpractice: legal, medical, and other professional (including accounting and other financial services)
  • Personal Injury: negligence, causation, extent of disability, product liability, joint tortfeasor and third party claims, workers compensation liens, toxic tort claims (including asbestos claims)
  • Property: title insurance claims, petitions to partition, landlord/tenant disputes, lease terminations, leasehold improvements, property damage claims
  • Recognized by Best Lawyers as one of the 2016 Best Lawyers in America for ADR
  • Moderator, An Insider’s Look at Alternative Dispute Resolution, February 2016
  • Recognized as a Best Lawyer, Alternative Dispute Resolution Category, Best Lawyers in America, 2006-2014
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2014
  • Admitted to practice, Massachusetts and District of Columbia Bars and several Federal Districts
  • Massachusetts Bar Association, Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee, Co-Chair (2009-2010)
  • Massachusetts Bar Association, former Labor and Employment Law Section Chair, Governance Task Force, Access to Justice Committee Chair
  • Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers Hearing Committee Member, (2002-2010)
  • Massachusetts Women’s Bar Association, Board of Directors (2002-2004)
  • Supervising Editor and contributing author: Ensuring Equal Justice, Addressing Cultural and Linguistic Differences in the Courts of Massachusetts, 1996
  • Editor-in-Chief and contributing author, A Judicial Guide to Labor and Employment Law, 1990, and First Supplement, 1993
  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Law, University of Dayton School of Law, Dayton, OH, 1992
  • Chairman or Member various non-profit organization Boards of Directors
  • Special Master, Asbestos Litigation, Massachusetts Superior Court (2002-current)
  • Of Counsel, Perkins, Smith & Cohen, LLC, Boston, MA (2000-2001, part-time)
  • Vice President, Plymouth Rock Assurance Corp., Boston, MA (1993-1999)
  • Chairman and Commissioner, Massachusetts Labor Relations Commission, Boston, MA (1983-1993)
  • Trial Attorney, National Labor Relations Board, Washington, D.C. and Boston, MA (1978-1983)
  • J.D., New York University School of Law (Root-Tilden Scholar) 1978
  • A.B., Vassar College/M.I.T. 1973

Counsel Comments

    [W]ithout question, the most effective mediator I have ever encountered. Maria possesses seemingly infinite patience and is the consummate diplomat, but she is also not afraid to be direct when necessary to drive a point home. She is able to quickly win the trust and the respect of all parties. Near-miraculous settlements are often the result.

    - Boston area Partner, Labor, Employment & Benefits Practice Chair

    Recognized as a Best Lawyer, Alternative Dispute Resolution Category, Best Lawyers in America, 2006-2014

    Best Lawyers in America, 2014





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