John B. Stewart, Attorney at Law
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John B. Stewart

MURPHY & MANITSAS, LLP

20 Maple Street, Suite 301

Springfield, MA 01103

E-Mail: TheTrialer@AOL.com

www.TrialerLaw.com

 

 

Bar Admissions

 

Admitted to Mass. Bar 1987, U.S. District Court (D.Mass.) 1988, U.S. Court of Appeals (1st Cir.) 1990.                          

 

Board Certification & Professional Recognition

 

Civil Trial Advocate, National Board of Trial Advocacy (2009).

Super Lawyer, Boston Magazine (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016)

 

Memberships

 

Association of Defense Trial Attorneys

Defense Research Institute.

Mass. Defense Lawyers Association.

Mass. Bar Association

Hampden County Bar Association.

 

Education

 

B.S., Speech Communication, Southern Illinois Univ., Carbondale, Il. (1984).

J.D., Western New England College School of Law (1987)(Law Review, 1985-86).

 

Teaching/Publications

 

Faculty Mass. Continuing Legal Education, Taking of Videotaped Depositions (2002), Defense of  Premises Liability Cases (1995); co-author of case update on Consumer Protection decisions (1996). 

Adjunct Faculty Westfield State College Division of Graduate Studies, Sports Law and Risk Management (2005).

Adjunct Faculty Western New England College School of Law, Coach of National Trial Team (2008-present).

 

Legal Experience

 

I have wide ranging experience in the preparation and trials of cases in Massachusetts state and federal courts, including medical and legal malpractice, agents and brokers errors and omissions, products liability, employment, general liability and vehicle liability claims.

 

I have been been counsel in a number of reported appeal decisions. Among them:
  • Hougie v. Spiegel, 2014 Mass. App. Unpub. LEXIS 1008
  • Mercado v. Manny s TV and Appliance, Inc., 77 Mass. App. Ct. 135 (2010), Further Review Denied, 458 Mass. 1109 (2010). 
  • Langevin v. Air Liquide America; Travelers Indemnity Co., 2007 MA Wkr. Comp. LEXIS 56, 2007 WL 4466730; 73 Mass. App. Ct. 1111 (2008), further appellate review denied, 453 Mass. 1103 (2009). 
  • Rimscha v. Suprenant, 71 Mass. App. Ct. 1114, 2008 WL 756216.  
  • Bratcher v. Moriarty, Donoghue & Leja, P.C., 54 Mass. App. Ct. 111 (2002).
  • Rouvellat v. Guarco, 187 F.3d 622 (1st Cir. 1999).
  • Tuper v. North Adams Ambulance Service, Inc., 428 Mass. 132 (1998), 14 I.E.R. Cas. 430, 136 Lab. Cas. 58,499.
  • CIGNA Fire Underwriters Ins. Co. v. MacDonald & Johnson, Inc., 86 F.2d 1260 (1st Cir. 1996).
  • Leger v. Ins. Co. of North America, 38 Mass. App. Ct. 1102 (1995).
  • Gibbons v. Nichols, 1994 Mass. App. Div. 28.
  • Pedraza v. Shell Oil Co., 942 F.2d 48 (1st Cir. 1991), CCH Prod. Liab. Rptr. 12,878, 60 USLW 2135, 1991 OSHD 29,450, 15 OSH Cas. 1233; cert. denied, 502 U.S. 1082 (1992).
  • General Accident Ins. Co. v. Bank of New England-West, N.A., 403 Mass. 473 (1988).
  • Aetna Fire Underwriters Ins. Co. v. Bank of New England-West, N.A., 403 Mass. 1008 (1988).
  • White v. Aetna Life and Cas. Co., 26 Mass. App. Ct. 462 (1988). 
 
Reported trial decisions in which I was counsel include the following: 
  • K.P. v. Buoniconti, 2015 WL 10320089.
  • Burbank v. Town of Hubbardston, 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 156645, 2015 WL 7303540 (D.Mass. Nov. 24, 2015).
  • Preferred Mutual v. Lodigiani, 2014 WL 4102374
  • Troy Schoeller v. Fenway Fitness, Inc; 2014 Jury Verdicts LEXIS 9947
  • Muello v. T.J. Woods Insurance Agency, 2011 Mass. Super. LEXIS 41
  •  Barton v. Armitage, 2010 Mass. Super. Lexis 17.
  • Cahill-Corbin v. Pride Convenience, Inc., 2009  Mass. Super. LEXIS _____.
  • Thibodeau v. Venne, ___ Mass. Lawyers Weekly ___ (June 29, 2009).
  • Corporate Claims Management, Inc. et al. v. Sid Harvey Industries, Inc., 2007 Mass. Super. LEXIS 143.
  • Mulvey v. Fleet Operations, ___WL ___ (Nov. 2006).
  • Reynolds v. Williston Northampton School, 34 Mass. Lawyers Wkly. 1328 (February 6, 2006); 2006 Mass. Super. LEXIS 46, 20 Mass. L. Rptr. 528 (April 10, 2006).
  • Delmolino v. Doyle, 2005 WL 4134803, 34 Mass. Lawyers Wkly. 593 (Nov. 7, 2005).
  • Martin v. McKenna, 2005 WL 4397793.
  • Boyle v. Silluzio, 2005 WL 2148520.
  • Pruner v. CVS Pharmacy, 2005 Mass. Super. LEXIS 578, 2005 WL 3670923, Aff d, 66 Mass. App. Ct. 1113 (2006).
  • Capozza v. O'Donnell, McNally & Hyder Ins. Agency, Western Mass. L. Trib., Vol. 6, No. 4:1 (April 2005); 33 Mass. Lawyers Wkly. 1773 (April 21, 2005); 2005 WL 115548.
  • Corporate Claims Management, Inc.  v. Star Fasteners, Inc. et al. 2005 Mass. Super. LEXIS 149,19 Mass. L. Rep. 219.
  • Antuna v. Bergollo, 2004 Mass. Super. LEXIS 275, 18 Mass. L. Rptr. 123; 2004 Mass. Super. LEXIS 2216614.
  • Fentross v. Geriatric Authority of Holyoke, 2002 Mass. Super. LEXIS 533.
  • Gendron v. Rhodes, 2002 Mass. Super. LEXIS 513, 15 Mass. Law Rptr. 512; 2002 Mass. Super. LEXIS 32057895.
  • Bird v. Lott Trucking, 2001 WL 1041973.
  • Joseph v. Fratar, 197 F.R.D. 20 (D.Mass. 2000), 2000 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 21544.
  • Altobelli v. Vermont Mutual Ins. Co., 2000 Mass. Super. LEXIS 174, 2000 WL 943847, 11 Mass. Law Rptr. 770.
  • Chenevert v. Rejean Remillard Ins. Agency, 1999 WL 3348883, 15 New Engl. Jury Verdict Rptr. 7:C8.
  • Roberge v. Roberge, __ Mass. Lawyers Wkly. ___(May 10, 1999); 1999 WL 33488798, 15 New Engl. Jury Verdict Rptr. 12:9.
  • Piers v. Wheeler & Taylor, 1998 WL 1146188, 8 Mass. Law Rptr. 410 (1998).
  • United Stated Fid. & Guar. Co. v. Assoc. Sleep Indus., 6 F.Supp.2d 41 (D.Mass. 1998).
  • Romani v. Cramer, Inc., 992 F.Supp. 74 (D.Mass. 1998), 1998 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 21544.Gary Scott, Intl. v. Baroudi, 981 F.Supp. 714 (D.Mass. 1997), 1997 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 18234.
  • Burgos v. Danly Machine Co., 17 Verdicts, Settlement and Tactics 361-362; 1997 WL 33345564, 12 Natl. Jury Verdict Rptr. 10:151.
  • Mahar v. Hanover House Indus., 1995 WL 1146188 (Super. Ct.)
  • Lash v. Apollo Plastics, 1995 WL 1768599, 10 Natl. Jury Verdict Rptr. 7:26.
  • Weissman v. Altra Marine Prod., 1995 WL 1933839, 10 New Engl. Jury Verdict Rptr. 12:6.
  • Ditto v. Town of Palmer, 1995 WL 1722613.
  • Cross v. Taskin Furniture Co., 1994 WL 1768623.
  • Fernandez v. May Trucking Co., 1993 WL 1352918.
  • Stark v. Acme Auto Center, 1992 WL 1474394.
  • Evans v. Devereaux Foundation, 1992 WL 1352918.
  • Meadows v. Travel Time Bus Lines, Inc., 7 New Engl. Jury Verdict Rptr. 2:16.
  • Glabicki v. Sarad, 1991 WL 1063382.
  • Salvini v. Flushing Supplies Corp., 137 F.R.D. 190 (D.Mass. 1990).

 
 
 
John B. Stewart, Attorney at Law, Of the firm Murphy & Manitsas, LLP
20 Maple Street, Suite 301, Springfield, MA 01103 • Ph (413) 206-9134 • Fax (413) 733-4403