DOUGLASS LAWRENCE

I am a business focused litigation attorney who regularly represents corporations and individuals in complex commercial disputes.  My wide-ranging experience makes me ideally qualified to provide cost-effective business-oriented solutions to complex legal matters.

 

As a business litigator, I represent and advise clients on how to resolve disputes in a cost-efficient manner, consistent with the clients’ business objectives.  I have substantial trial experience at both the federal and state level, including several jury trials.

 

I also have a robust appellate practice and have successfully argued appeals in multiple federal and state appellate courts.  This work includes an appeal to the First Circuit that resulted in a precedent-setting opinion concerning false oaths in a debtor’s bankruptcy schedule and statement of financial affairs.

I also represent clients on the transactional side, including commercial real estate deals, employment agreements and general corporate matters.  

As a litigator, I have insight into “traps for the unwary” that often arise in commercial contracts and am well-positioned to draft agreements that protect a client’s rights should a dispute arise.

 

Immediately following law school, I clerked for the Hon. Edward F. Harrington at the U.S. District Court (Massachusetts) and the Hon. Robert G. Flanders at the Supreme Court of Rhode Island.

EDUCATION

Suffolk University Law School, summa cum laude

Boston University, cum laude

PRACTICE AREAS

Bankruptcy, Insolvency and Creditor’s Rights

Commercial Litigation

Appeals

Commercial Real Estate

Employment

Probate Litigation

ADMISSIONS

Massachusetts

Rhode Island

U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit

U.S. District Court of Massachusetts

U.S. District Court of Rhode Island

U.S. District Court of Connecticut

U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Massachusetts

U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Rhode Island

U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Connecticut

REPRESENTATIVE CASES

Prevailed in five-week jury trial representing chapter 7 trustee resulting in €18 million verdict avoiding bankruptcy debtor’s fraudulent transfer of assets located in numerous foreign jurisdictions.

 

Prevailed in jury trial in U.S. District Court for Massachusetts in defending against claims that corporation’s payments to affiliate exceeding $400,000 were fraudulent under federal and state statutes.

 

Successfully appealed to U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit that debtor’s omission of sub-accounts from bankruptcy schedules constitutes a false oath warranting denial of discharge.

 

Successfully appealed to U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit that automatic stay does not bar foreign recovery action pending in foreign jurisdiction.

PUBLICATIONS

“Cases Change Playing Field for Consumer Protection,” Boston Business Journal

“Probate Litigation Can Be a Misnomer,” Massachusetts Bar Association Section Review

CLERKSHIPS

Hon. Edward F. Harrington, U.S. District Court (Massachusetts)

Hon. Robert G. Flanders, Supreme Court of Rhode Island

PRO BONO AND COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

Co-chair of pro bono committee

Chair and member of the Warrant Committee, Dover, MA

EMAIL

dlawrence@curranantonelli.com

PHONE

(617) 207 8670

MOBILE

(617) 963 9229

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